The Art Institutes Reviews

  • 153 Reviews
  • Nationwide
  • Annual Tuition: $17,316 - $18,648
18% of 153 students said this degree improved their career prospects
15% of 153 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: Film Production
"Going to this school was hands down the worst mistake of my life. Save yourself a lot of time, money, energy and stress by avoiding this school at all costs. Absolutely worthless. I hope no one makes the god awful mistake I did. Most people I know who graduated from here are working as house painters or some other useless job."
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2017
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"Art institute is the worst school to go to. My experience there was very horrible, okay I will start with the school and students they are immature people some of them acted like high schoolers. Some students will scream in the halls sometimes it was annoying because you have to study and also there was hardly any space on the student lounge; and in the lounge people would play video games and would scream sometimes I would have to leave and try to fit in a quite room or mostly ended up homeless . One of the teachers would say that the arts Institute degree is a joke and to get master degree but that would end even more in debt. This school would often tell newcomers lies and say that Disney people worked here also I heard from one student that they tell the newcomers that the video games that are played at the lounge where being tested as if the students make popular fighting games. They also call for you a lot when you are in school trying to get what you owe them. They harass you and ask you if your friends or family can pay for your school and not even do they waste a second in calling to milk your money out from you. They do special ceremonies that involve food video game etc.. to lure in the students even more with their ceremonies and also paying this much for a school and not getting extra things like free programs or clubs to help you enhance your skills. I understand that college you have to learn and by yourself but YouTube is not the instructor for learning, some teachers wouldn't know important elements that should be taught in programs and when asked they would simply tell you to look on YouTube or other sources but we don't pay YouTubers we are paying the teachers not other people other wise I would of done my career for free. One time we had a teachers that would teach us poorly and didn't know the programs they taught, and some people worked hard on the class and they ended up almost failing us students, we complained but we never got heard from anyone and they kept those teachers in the same position. I would sometimes ask for help and sometimes when I was getting help from a teacher they would in the middle of helping me on my time would rather help their favorite students and talk a lot to them and would often give up and instead I self taught myself because it was so much better than a teacher that makes time for me but takes it as a joke but I don't because it was my career and grade.This school doesn't get you a job but it should help because people pay a lot of money for whatever reason an art school should cost as much as an engineer career. From my experience stay out of commercial schools it's better to find a job or go to community college it's way better and cheaper then arts Institute they are never serious and the will accept almost anyone with money. Money is this schools priority it's not about education otherwise they would of got you some kind of connection with the fields you study. Also there was this student that had low gpa, lower than this school requires and that student was never taken out of the school. So that is an example of school profit, I am sorry that I sound harsh but it's just I been a fool for falling to this scam and now I have to pay the price for my mistake I made when I was fresh new to the world without internet without knowing how to research properly and scared I would end up in the streets, thank you arts Institute for putting me in debt now I will pay for years and end up in bad credit for not making enough to pay off quick like you guys said I would."
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2017
  • Degree: Interior Design
"The students at the school are great. It is a very small school with no extra curricular activities. The staff is not great. They are not always helpful and direct a lot of independent work with little guidance. Overall I would recommend people to go to an established schools and not a private school."
  • Reviewed: 1/23/2017
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"Don't go. They just want your money. I went for a year instate(Nashville) and got 27000 dollars in debt. That was on top of paying about 10000 out of pocket. The financial aid people were absolute no help. I asked them for recommendations for scholarships. They basically told me "We don't have any recommendations. You'll have to Google it." Such piss poor financial aid advice. It's not worth it. Just don't go. For the love of God, don't go."
meggan bishop oirech
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2017
  • Degree: Culinary Arts
"I didn't graduate. This school sucked me dry, and literally gave me zero skills.... I hated every class, and the structure of each class was terrible.. now I'm in debt $60,000 and can't even repay it. Just because you went to culinary arts school does not mean you will get a job as a chef... you will still have to work from the bottom."
Class of 2006
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2017
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"Had big hopes I'd get a decent paying job in my field. Total lies and deception from this horrible school. They would call me every day to see when I was enrolling in the program. Studies super hard, was on Dean's honor role many times. I worked my butt off to do my very best. There are no jobs and this school is nothing more than a diploma mill. Avoid at all cost!"
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2017
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"I went to the New York campus and I started in July of 2013 and didn't graduate until June of 2016 because I got held up with their rushed Internship "class". I started with one academic advisor and she disappeared - same with the financial advisor as well. There were some good teachers and some that are god awful. There's favoritism over one major over the other (i.e. the Fashion dept. is more important than the Graphic Design or Web depts.), leaving some opportunities slim. With the Internship "class", you are only given one week to find one - as if you weren't busy worrying about Portfolio I the quarter before to find one. After that one week, you're kicked out of that class and unless you had a teacher that was understanding and gave you an extra week. If you're lucky enough you may complete the required 99 hours while juggling a class or two before week 11. When you get out with your over priced piece of paper, there are no jobs that want you or just pass over you because of lack of experience in the different aspects of graphic design. Some the GD classes (e.g. Photography, Book Making) were taken of the course list before I even had the requirements for classes. It's just so unfair. The supplies they give you in the art kit when you first start at the "school" is either dried up or don't really hold up at all. The environment isn't very inviting or friendly no matter how many pieces of our works you put up in the hallways. We moved from a spacious 6 floors and enough space and at least 3 or 4 free computer labs to work in to 3 claustrophobic floors and one free computer lab. This place encourages you to empty your pockets and leave with your piece of paper and not know all that you need to know about your major. I regret my decision - I felt that I didn't learn as much as I needed at all since they got rid of most of their good teachers. I know this review is all over the place but this "school" is a terrible situation to be in."
Josh M
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2016
  • Degree: Interactive Media Design
"This school is beyond a joke. They claim great job placement rates of 83-100% when in reality if you get any job even working as a cashier they will count you as placed. Most of their teachers know zip about what they barely teaching. They blatantly lie to you about every aspect of the school to get you to join. Their teachers aren't industry professionals, they don't know what the industry wants taught, they charge extra fees, and take out loans you know nothing about until its too late. Their loan refunds are questionable as they have you sign saying you got a refund then write in some other much higher total later. They charge you for classes you never took and lie about the types of loans you sign for. There is zero benefits to this school. Stay far far away at all costs. As for their supposed amazing job placement...there was none. Some guy browses Craigslist and Dice and emails out listings...that's it. I had to go to a real college and pay for a degree there in order to be able to get a job beyond the retail job I had started with. Moral of the story, they lie cheat and steal and since you can't legally sue them and the government is too soft to do anything you will be doomed to endless debt to the day you die for a worthless diploma that is seen as a black mark on your resume."
Class of 2017
  • Reviewed: 12/24/2016
  • Degree: Fashion
"The school is closing ,no one can give us an answer . The Dean left without information us. I sign an agreement to pay $650.00 per month and they want me to pay $1100.00 per month . We are not learning what we are supposed to be learning and in an eleven week session one instructor was absent six times and if any of the student is absent more than two times they kick you out. They are noe charging us for electronic books that we never use ,machine are broken at times ,internet at times down for hours and at one point we were unable to take our final. Am done"
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2016
  • Degree: Multimedia Design
"Attended from October 2012-December 2015. While I did learn many valuable skills there were some pretty awful factors about attending this school. Poorly organized, Over priced, Poor housing conditions, little to any career advances. Basically everything promised to the students to get them to attend were lies. The skills I did obtain were very much appreciated but I could've gotten the same for far cheaper."
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2016
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"I regret this decision a lot.They don't even care about you.They're so focus on getting your money,not to mention,they refused to give me my financial aid refund back and I was forced to pay $500 a month right out my pocket.Their housing is terrible I can't even have a quiet peaceful night without feeling hold or cold and the beds are awful.I have ADD and used the accommodations request to help me in class more but none of the teachers even acknowledge the fact I had that and was quite difficult for me to complete the course.Once I started to get comfortable, they want to tell us that the school is moving to another building that's about far away and I don't know my way around.And also the housing might loose their lease which meaning that I might be forced to share a room with someone else and I don't want that.This school is a complete rip off and hope that fewer people will attend this school in the near future"
Unhappy student
  • Reviewed: 12/3/2016
  • Degree: Communications
"I don't recommend that anyone attend this school. It is a total rip off. They show you all sorts of impressive looking equipment on the tour, but when you enroll and start taking classes you find out that half of it isn't even hooked up, a lot of it none of the instructors even know how to use, and the rest of it you will only use twice. Some of the teachers are excellent, while others have no business teaching, as they just phone it in. On that note, if you don't get along with a particular teacher you are hosed because they don't have any options. They have one teacher that teaches the same class and only that instructor teaches it. There is not enough equipment at the cage to go around to get assignments done, you can make reservations, but due to a new pos in the cage they rely on a stack of papers to keep track of reserved equipment, so it gets checked out anyways. The cage situation got so bad that there were no sd cards available for the cameras or audio gear. The equipment they have is mostly dated. They almost exclusively teach adobe software. We had smoke, final cut, and avid media composer installed on all the computers, but were only taught how to use premiere. We had nuke installed on all the computers, but only learned after effects. We were mostly taught to be news videographers, and told repeatedly that any hopes of working on feature films were pipe dreams. You are forced to depend on others heavily, and when they flake only your grade suffers. The curriculum is a joke, full of redundancy, and one class does not prepare you for the next in a logical manner. Now there is no portfolio defense and you only need to get a D to pass classes, so anyone can attain a degree, rendering the degrees completely useless. All this is what you get for $90,000."
Shiver me wiskers
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2016
  • Degree: Art & Design
"Lied about graduates status in the working world. Lied about graduates. Lied about loan amounts and the ability to pay them off once a graduate. Lied about quality of classes, supplies, environment, teachers, etc. Lied about the quality of the degree, pushed for the Bachelor's instead of a less expensive Associates. Lied about job placement abilities that the school supposedly provided. The Art Institutes are being sued across the nation, many have closed. It's a scam profit college. Only the good artists who are wise will know that Disney and Pixar and other major companies WILL NOT HIRE YOU IF YOU GO TO THE ART INSTITUTE> THEY LAUGH AT YOUR RESUME WHEN YOU PUT THIS SCHOOL ON IT. DON'T GO there!"
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2016
  • Degree: Culinary Arts
"I've been reading the reviews of this school and can honestly say that I have had some good & bad experiences. Let's start with the bad....the fin-aid aspect of it. When I began here because I was prior military I informed them that I would not by any means take out a student loan because I knew that it would not be needed and if by some chance it was I would just choose another school. After a few minutes of arguing with the advisor he finally left that alone and realized I was firm in my decision. If you do apply for fin-aid and get a grant it takes FOREVER to receive your refund. You'll be close to your classes being over before you see it and the way that they'll set it up on your account will make it look like you owe them money when you don't. I've heard from my other classmates a lot of horror stories on payments so if you choose this school be sure to stay on top of money going to them and coming back to you or you will get screwed. Once they get you in they kind of just leave you alone. When you need info they try to throw you off by saying you have to make appts even when there is literally no one in the advisors office, they have a lot of time that they try to act like they don't have. This is a school to where in my opinion you have to be able to adult and stay on top of your stuff because if you don't they won't and then you'll be upset. The positives in my opinion...I see a lot of people being upset because they feel that they are teaching themselves. I feel that in any school where you are learning a trade, the teacher is there to assist & give you a guideline. They show you examples and you do the work. I've enjoyed this approach because nobody is doing it for me. I have a good foundation and am able to what i need to do from there. My teachers in Durham have been awesome. They are willing to help if they're asked and they are very patient. They don't take over but simple show you what to do and then allow you to do it. The work load is a lot but it's manageable. I am single mother of 2 and one of my kids is a toddler and I still am able to maintain a 3.5 GPA so I feel that the "i have to do it myself" reviews are just people who are too lazy or don't believe in themselves enough to figure things out. It doesn't matter what school you attend there will be some pros and cons but for me the pros have outweighed the headache of the people they've hired to work there."
  • Reviewed: 10/17/2016
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"I have been crying for the past two hours because they say that I have exhausted my loans and unless I want to pay $400 a month, I cannot get my bachelors. Now I am settling with an associates, still having to pay an absurd amount of money per month until they give me my diploma. This means, if I graduate next month, until I pay off $15,000, they will not give me my diploma. This financial plan has changed so many times since I have been there. First I was paying nothing, then I was paying $190 a month and now it is $400 a month. I wish I never went here. I will be in debt until I am 60, having attended "college" and have nothing to show for it. I wish I would have read reviews before I signed up."
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2016
  • Degree: Fashion
"This school literally was the worse decision I have ever made. I ended up in debt and with a virtually worthless degree. I might as well have just went to work straight out of high school because the only jobs I am truly qualified for are in retail. Don't waste your time with this school they are a complete rip off!"
Good and Bad
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2016
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"I'm reading these things about my school and I do find it a bit suspicious now that Ai doesn't need portfolio for an art school, nor an SAT score or shot records... But I've enjoyed my teaching so far. I've learned a lot about Animation and have also received help getting jobs. There is a job fair twice every quarter and I feel my job advisor there has helped me as well as she can whenever she can. She even urges me to step up my game. But the money... I definitely don't see myself paying it all off soon after college. It's definitely a debt that stays with you unless you snag big job right out of graduation. On the note of substitutes, I have to agree that they're bad. I got one recently and she wasn't even a teacher of the major we were learning. When it comes to the housing, it can be another bite in the butt, but you can always try to be an RA and get free housing. Not to mention, the RAs I know are pretty respectful. And if you don't like your roommate, you can file a complaint or move out or they can move out. The only thing I don't really like about the housing is that we're not allowed pets outside or therapy animals, but our school prop manager gets to have his nevertheless... anyway, there's a bunch of good and bad to every school, but Ai... t might be up there... just always research and plan ahead before choosing a college. Some Ai's (like mine, here in Indy) are pretty good and nurture creative growth, but you may not like it, so be careful."
Do not go here, "WARNING".
  • Reviewed: 8/28/2016
  • Degree: Communications
"If they don't have a qualified instructor for your major they will substitute another instructor. Which means you will be teaching that instructor and fall behind in upcoming classes. Most directors are elitist, so if your above average you will fall in the cracks of this school. Don't waste your time or your life. Do yourself, your finances, and your career a big favor, find a different college."
Rico G.
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2016
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"This isn't a real school. It's a corporation posing as an arts college. Their sole mission is to enroll anyone with air in their lungs, borrow money from the federal government under your name and leave you with an eternity of debt with nothing to show for. The "academic advisers" don't have an education background. They are used-car salesmen that are trained to tell you anything you want. They entice young impressionable people with the promise of "Job Placement" into your "dream job". Their "Job Placement" is an assistant clerk who copies and pastes leads into the alumni website. Although they claim to have close relationships with local businesses that are lined up to hire Ai alumni, it is entirely up to you to do the legwork they promised they'd do and call the leads yourself. Potential employers have blacklisted Ai schools, so putting it on your resume is futile. They've dubbed the schools "degree-factories" knowing the education provided is not compatible with industry standards. The teachers were burnt out has-beens or artists that never really made it. Some made you watch YouTube tutorials in class, instead of actually teaching. The few good teachers spoke the truth and told students to go elsewhere. They were not hired back the following semesters. Save yourselves! Save your sanity! Save your credit! Save your financial future! Attend a community college or a state school. You'll be paying an Ivy League tuition for a community college education. An expensive art degree is not necessary if you already have the talent. Seek out free online resources or YouTube tutorials. At the end of the day, it is your portfolio that opens doors, not a piece of paper. No matter what you do, ***DO NOT ATTEND ANY ART INSTITUTES!!!*** Steer away from schools that are for-profit, don't require SAT's or a portfolio before enrollment!"
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"It's an amazing school I loved every single minute But it can be very stressful"