The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (143)
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.
I repeat do NOT go to the art institute of Washington. I want there and thought I was going to get a good education. Teachers didn't know what they were teaching or if they did they didn't have there degrees in Photoshop or Illustrator. The Teachers or brochure said they had connections to WB Nintendo of America and guess what there connections were to the local print shop! If you wanted to work with someone they brought in they wanted you to go through them and not the person that talked to you about the job. Teachers didn't know how to break in the entertainment industry and they didn't have a learning disabled teacher you could go too. The learning center was the resource room. You learned more from the students then they teachers. Even the dean of Education said go to Google instead of use the teacher. They would be very nice too you when you got in but afterwards they treated you like dirt. They convinced you too take out loans instead of Perkins loans which you don't have to pay back. Half my graduation class didn't attend there graduation since they knew the school sucked.
This school is a money grubbing bully. I didn't get any of what was promised. I was treated badly and taken advantage of. My school location was closed and the students were cast aside and our needs were ignores. Our education was rushed and we were bullied into leaving and transferring. I had a handful of good professors but the school as a hole is horrible and way over prices. Please don't go here.
Just in time for the 2008 crash my Ai Graphic Design degree was practically useless. More qualified people who were losing their jobs on a daily basis starting filling positions just to keep jobs, so I head to find anything I could because the "Job Placement" workers were *literally* not doing anything. Then they wanted to take credit for my job placement when the mistook completely on their end that I had a great job at a prolific company. The only good thing to come out of that place was networking with the other talented kids who I would later work with. There were some good teachers, but that place wasn't worth the price of admission. Once you were force-fed your degree, it wasn't worth the paper and ink used to print it. No one in the real world had any respect for a graduate with an Ai degree. Avoid this place at all costs.
First, I was shown fake job placement statistics, in an effort to get me to agree to sign up despite the monumental costs. After signing up and repeated assurances they'd "work with me" regarding my low income (barely 19 at the time, and during the recession), and my schedule because I had to work, they repeatedly tried to get me to quit my job and pull private loans instead of pay the remainder out of pocket, despite being rejected for the private loans and having no co-signer. They took no credits from my associate degree to charge me for more classes. The equipment was sub-par most of the time - there wasn't enough to go around and at one point, they put in the wrong video cards so for a WHOLE SEMESTER people were unable to use the computers to work on 3D projects, because they wouldn't change them. My teachers were often graduates with no actual work experience. Many referred us to YouTube tutorials or pdfs based on old versions of programs that couldn't be translated or looked totally different. On top of that, it was an "all or nothing" schedule - not only was the schedule not flexible, it was a struggle to get them to work around my work schedule - and they would berate me for not dumping my boyfriend who had been laid off, leaving me as the only income source in the house. Towards the end of my time there, people with balances or behind on payment, even a day, would have big red envelopes sent to them in every class and insisted the teachers hand them out to embarrass the students. I did have a few good teachers, but they were all gen. ed or traditional art - nothing to do with my actual major.
I attended from 2007 - 2010. Not only did they lie to me about what the program included, but upon graduating, the school just sent me Craigslist links as their way of "job placement". I ended up graduating in student loan debt of over $100,000 for an ASSOCIATES DEGREE!
This school is a scam. Stay away. The teachers had no clue what they were teaching us. Everything I learned I already knew or could have learned from YouTube. $20,000 for a year of this terrible school is insane. There were no requirements or portfolios to get in. Many of the students received good grades for poor work. This school road off the backs of lower class and promised me things using shark tactics
Scam school! Huge waste of money - terrible instructors, sub par facilities, zero help from counselors to secure jobs during and after school. Worst decision ever - saddled with huge debt and only able to get a minimum wage job. PLEASE RUN far, far away from any AI school!
I attended in 2014. This school is a joke. Out of all the classes I took, only two were relevant to my major. The rest were graphic design. I was majoring in video production, why do I need to learn web design? My gen eds were too easy. The only math class I needed to take was algebra. I remember there was one class requirement called "presentation". It was just the teacher showing random Youtube videos for no reason. Career services is crap. They didn't help me at all. Financial aid is even worse. They claimed my Pellgrant would cover everything. One month later and they're asking me to take out a loan. What the hell happened to my Pell grant? I decided to withdraw from the class. One year later and AI asks me why I'm not going to classes. They had kept me enrolled even though I filled out the paperwork for withdrawing from school. I'm annoyed by all the positive reviews that attack the students that left negative reviews. I'm tired of them implying most students didn't make the most out of their education at AI. I worked hard at AI. The school is terrible. It's a waste of money and time.
One true to life part of this experience, the truly valuable teachers were not in positions of power or appreciated while the portfolio teacher deciding your fate was feared and believed to know all despite not having worked in the industry for years and knowing literally nothing about technology. One positive result. I was hired for a job in my profession as a temp at the 'high' wage of $14/hr after graduation because the resume reviewer had so gone to AIS, knew about the debt and false promises., so feeling badly for me, they gave me a chance.