The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (142)
Do not go through them! They told me it would be cheaper attending online and quicker and then 4 years later they told me it was more expensive to attend online because they leave the classroom open 24 hours a day. The instructors are very late at responding. They are there to grade and give you a feedback before you redo your assignment by the end of the week. I tried transferring to the art institute of tampa and they would only accept half of my 108 credits because they said different statea have different requirements. Do not go through this school! I tried contacting a lawyer but i had no written proof from them because they only discuss issues over the phone. I was working two jobs and told them i couldnt call them and be on hold and they refused to email me back when i had issues with financial aid. They have had a lawsuit filed against them from the federal government if that tells you anything. They claim they will send your portfolio out 6 months before you graduate and will help you find a job. They do not! They give you a list of websites you can post your resume and consider working at home depot mixing paint utilizing your art degree. Bad reviews have been posted to google about them and they get deleted. So hopefully my review will help someone before it gets deleted.
All you have to do is take a look at the curriculum, student work, and job success rates of REAL art schools (Ringling, CalARTS, Art Center, etc) to know that AI is a a joke, pathetic in comparison, and ultimately exists only to scam the government out of FAFSA money. The only good instructors here kept their mouths shut, because they knew that criticizing the school's terrible, outdated curriculum would get them fired. The penny-pinching corporate suits run everything here, no one values the (VERY FEW) good teachers, and no one respects the students. Also, sorry to be blunt, but real art schools REQUIRE A GOOD PORTFOLIO to get in. AI doesn't. Sadly, any kid who doodled in a notebook could get an acceptance letter here, and the school gives these poor saps false hope of getting work that they are woefully under-prepared for. Most entry level AI students are lightyears behind their peers at SCAD, RSID, etc. The only reason I attended was because I got a scholarship...even then, I regret wasting my college years on a worthless. half-assed attempt at education. It took nearly 10 years of HARD, NON-STOP SELF EDUCATION to repair the damage AI did to my career.
This school is a joke! The computers and software are out of date, the teachers were subpar at best and they tripled the cost of renting an apt for students just because they had to roll it in to their insanely high interest loans. My school was SUPPOSE to be in the middle of a downtown, however it was 10 miles from center city and within walking distance to other. I was moving from the other side of the country and didn't get to visit or that'd obviously been noted upon visiting. They separated my mom and I when having to sign loan papers and lied lied LIED when asked about job placement. I would never recommend this school to anyone who wants to succeed in the art field!
I learned the minimum, I don't have enough knowledge to even use my degree. The teachers for the most part were not very helpful. Many of them told students to ask their neighbors for help, instead of assisting them. One class, the instructor had a medical issue, so they had a teacher from a different field, who admitted to never using the program, teach illustrator. He said that it would be a learning experience for him too. Not professional at all in my opinion to have someone teach an entire course on something they know literally nothing about. When I have spoken to people about jobs, they laugh at me because a degree from the art institute of Pittsburgh is considered "a joke", not that I would be able to have a career in graphic design since I learned the bare minimum.
Was told to take classes that (A)where not even part of my degree, or (B)classes that later be came not part of my degree. Still had to pay for them all, some multiple times with no reimbursement. School also tried to get me (a petite woman) to take an internship with a 'company' that was one guy working out of his basement. Constantly gave me the run around when i would try to ask for help. Tried to use me as a success story for their job placement stats when i later started working at an arts and crafts store. Got some interest inmy portfolio, but was ultimately told by potential bosses they don't hire from the Ai schools because the students are typically too unprepared/unqualified, and not worth investing time into training.
This school is a scam. Do yourself a favor and stay away from it, or risk owing the school a massive amount of money when you finally leave. I wish someone had told me this before I went there, would have saved me a ton of stress and anger. Do yourself a favor, pass on this school.
I never graduated but I went for 3 1/2 years and I had no choice but to drop out because it was too expensive. I would never suggest this school to anyone. Financial aid is a joke. Curriculum is a joke. They care about taking your money and that's it. Very few people will find careers to even pay back their loans and most students will find themselves in close to $100,000 in debt. Going to that school ruined my life.
This school was the worst decision I have ever made. They lied from the get go. They lied about transferring in credits, they lied about the cost, they lied about job placement, they lied about financial aid, they had me fill out private loans saying they were federal in order to meet their 90/10 rule. The classes taught standards years out of date. At best they have a 18-20% placement rate at 20x the cost of a certificate program that would teach far more. Don't even waste your time with this scamming diploma mill. Career services is non-existent as Craigslist ads can be found without them.
Probably the biggest mistake of my life was enrolling into this program. The school has been lying to students about job placement statistics for decades and using predatory recruiting to get 100s of 1000s of our nations' students into massive debt that they cannot repay. No admissions standards. They allow anyone in under the guise of "education for all" but really what they are doing is providing subprime loans and massive amounts of debt to people who have no business being approved for them. This school will tell you anything in order to get you to enroll with them, and they have absolutely no incentive to tell you the truth. By the time you realize what a scam it is, you will likely already owe 30,000 which you will still have to pay back. The school is regarded negatively in the industry, with job recruiters routinely saying that they put all of the resumes they get from Ai on the bottom of the stack. They have no standards for who they allow in, so why should employers hold any standards for who graduates from there? We are the only generation which has student loan debt like this. Not our parents, grandparents-- nobody in our nation's history. Corporate corruption of our higher ed system is turning the college experience into a farce, a high-risk gamble that leaves the majority of students with lifelong financial ruin. There are ALTERNATIVES to an education at Ai. Ask pros what they think of it? Research the school via the department of educations own "college scorecard" site. Search for the MoveOn petition called "Art Institutes sued for $11 BILLION, what about the students and families affected?" and read the student stories at the bottom. Join "I Am Ai" on Facebook to hear from over 5,000 students why the school is a bad decision. No matter what you want to do with your future- The Art Institute is not a good choice. Paying $1000 a month for life is not a good choice, even IF by some miracle you do find success after going there.
Run don't walk away! It's such a debt trap! You can do better teaching yourself with youtube videos- which is basically the same education I received. An absolutely devastating decision. My credit, my future is totally ruined because of these horrible people that are supposed to help young people find their way. I'm sad for anyone that has signed.