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: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Interior Design
"It was an okay college for what it was. I found it impossible to make friends or feel any connections with the college. I didn't feel any help or guidance was given with helping you figure out what direction to take or if you were good. I very easily ignored them. They didn't care or go after me at all. I finished in like 2 1/2 years which is almost what you have to do even if you want to go slower it's very hard to do by the set up."
  • Reviewed: 7/6/2016
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"The school is a scam. They overcharge for everything. I received financial aid and grants from the government, and they took the entire amount of my grants and loans, plus made my mother take out a parent plus loan to pay for me being there 4 months. They took all that money, which would have been between $27,000 and $30,000 for four months, and that didn't even cover my books. I had to pay all my supplies and books out of pocket. Granted I had housing, but the housing was an apartment I shared with 3 other guys who were paying the same I was in tuition. They were making a killing off of us. I only stayed four months for two reasons. One was because they promised me faithfully they would assist me in finding employment since I came from out of town. They said employers send them jobs all the time... no problem. This was BS. The lady who was supposed to help me kept cancelling my appointments to see her, and when I finally did she her, she said to look online and make a resume.. Ok, I already knew that. I had already applied everywhere. I was starving, eating dry cereal out of the box. She was no help. The second reason I left was the cost. I knew I would never pay them off in my lifetime if I continued paying that much every four months. The lady who recruited me to join the school was all helpful and nice while she was trying to get me in. After that, she hardly said hello when I passed her.... My roommates were typical college roommates I imagine. They ate any food I brought in for myself. They stole stuff from me. They stayed up playing musical instruments and partying many nights a week, and let people come there and stay who also ate my food... The lady who was supposed to oversee the students in the apartments didn't care what they did really. She partied with them. Some of the teachers were ok, but some were just strange. My film teacher was stuck on Nazi films, and that's all we watched or talked about. I don't recommend this school to anyone. You can go some place way cheaper and get the same degree. This place is way too high for what they do. When I left, I couldn't get my transcripts from them to attend another school because they said I owed $60. I asked what I owed it for, and they couldn't really tell me so I asked for a statement showing what I owed that for... They sent me a statement showing different items, but beside each thing it said i owed $0. Then at the bottom of the list it said total amount owed was $60, so I still didn't know what I owed it for, but I had to pay it quickly to get into another school. I wish I had never went to this school. They took so much of my money while I was there from my financial aid, I had to pay most of my senior year out of pocket at a different school, but I graduate in two months from another college, so I struggled, but I made it. No thanks to The Art Institute."
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2016
  • Degree: Photography
"First off I would like to say that the Art Institute online is a joke! Big waste of time and money for sure. I was looking at my financials for the past year and I saw so many double charges! Yes double for the same thing for the same class! Outrageous! I missed one class because I got married and went on a honeymoon but the school knew about it the very first day I signed up..well months went by and it was time for my honeymoon and they told me I was charged for that class thousands of dollars anyway and now I have to pay again thousands of dollars for the same class and re entry.i hope who ever is reading this stays away from this school...RUN!!!"
Steve whights
  • Reviewed: 6/14/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Could never get a hold of them. They never cared about students if you were trying to get any extra help. Even doing simple things or common questions I could never get a hold of anyone. Left messages constantly, never got calls back. The only time I finally got calls was when I left and literally monthly calls asking if I was coming back even though I told them on multiple occasions that I was not. They would try and guilt trip or offer financial help to get me back, even thought that was not why I even left. A few teachers were awesome, but not worth the crippling debit. Cash grab school. Would not suggest."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2016
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"Horrible school filled with broken promises and lies. Over $65,000 in student loans with an interest payback of over $142,000 A complete joke. Never found a job in the field. I would not wish this terrible dishonest for profit school on anyone. They knew all the tricks to get you to enroll."
Joe Freddy
  • Reviewed: 4/8/2016
  • Degree: Culinary Arts
"I used the GI bill for this program for two quarters. If I could I would have never signed up. They will force you to buy overpriced knives and they do not offer an alternative to buying tools from another source. They will also nickel and dime you for everything to clued the food you cook. They use cheap ingredients. They are not helpful of vets with disabilities and they do not know how to handle the discipline vets have. They are more concerned with the payment towards the school. They prey on the students with the GI bill since it is easy money, once they get their money they will just ignore you and they don't care if you struggle. Be ready to just do dishes and clean floors. Instructors are unqualified to cook at a restaurant so they teach. Most teachers do not want to be there because they also complain about the "corporation" structure of the school. After attending school and working in the industry I realized the degree is worthless. They allow students with ZERO ability to cook and clean a passing grade no matter how they did I in class. I WOULD NOT recommend this for any Veteran wanting to use their GI Bill."
Maurice McCoy
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2016
  • Degree: Web Development
"The worst school I have ever attended. Extremely money driven, the school refused time after time to hire tutors, they refused to solve the problem for why so many students couldn't get wifi connection, they were audited and they were accused by the federal gov. For forcing students to take necessary classes purely for profit, they ended up losing their accreditation as well. Total waste of money, dont waste your time and student loan money."
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2016
  • Degree: Business
"This school is a rip off. The teachers are terrible and so is the curriculum. I had no idea one class at this place lasted four freaking hours. What kind of school has a class lasting that long. I was given a paper to write in each class, and it was due at the end of these classes. The library is so small it looks like a bedroom. Everything was so fast paced. I noticed none of the teachers were actually or had worked in their areas of expertise. They were basically English, or economic majors teaching us about fashion. PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AT THIS COLLEGE. You will end up in debt and paying for most of your supplies and books with your own money. You will never see any of your financial aid."
  • Reviewed: 12/15/2015
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"Total waste of time and money. They promise the Hollywood studios, like Disney and DreamWorks are looking for AI graduates, not true! The debt you will get yourself into, should be against the law. They do take advantage of the poor and military and should be investigated for their recruiting practices. AI should be shut down!"
  • Reviewed: 12/1/2015
  • Degree: Art & Design
"This place is a rip off. While some teachers are excellent and provide great advice for improvement, others have never worked in the field or even know what is required to succeed. Their job placement program is a complete fraud if you're not attending a school in California. By this I mean they will try to stick you in a job that has little to nothing to do with your degree and say that you've been successfully placed. Internships are limited to none and actual knowledge of the job market is limited at best."
Johnny Neckberd
  • Reviewed: 11/29/2015
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"This is a for-profit ripoff school, who allegedly hires 'industry professionals' as their teachers, but are inconsistent. Teachers phone in the education and are overwhelmed by the amount of students in each class. The best part is, they constantly preach that your success is 'what you make of it', but gloss over many of the character and modelling skills that you will NEED to succeed, and instead fall back on silly things like body studies, etc. You'd think you shouldn't or wouldn't get approved to an art school if you didn't know how to draw already - yet I saw many either who had not drawn a single thing in their lives attempting to draw 'concept art' for a 3D project, or others held back learning about what a 'storyboard' was. Outside of school, unless you have a foot into the industry, or a network that you created while you are at school, you will be SOL. The irony is that I have a friend who self-taught himself 3D modelling and animation, outside of school, and has more success because he is simply more skilled than I am. He said he was quite disappointed at the lackluster portfolios and true lack of talented work displayed by myself and many of my peers and was frankly shocked that I was showing my amateur portfolio to 'industry professionals'. I'm currently still dealing with it and doing the best I can, saddled with $40,000 student loan that I can't even start paying yet, and my only job right now is part-time where I get paid $10/hr to animate characters for a small company. Certainly not what I thought would happen after all the promises the 'recruiter' made to me as I signed all the loans."
  • Reviewed: 11/25/2015
  • Degree: Video Game Design
"I see a lot of reviewers saying that it simply takes drive, passion, and a commitment to learn the necessities for your degree. I agree entirely, but if one has such qualities, they should not waste their money here. Self-teaching is absolutely an option and I strongly encourage taking that route if it is at all possible for you. Paying for programs the school gives a discount for (such as Maya, Mudbox, ZBrush, Photoshop, ect.) and thoroughly studying tutorials on said programs is a much better idea than paying for the tuition. Chances are that researching your program will provide evidence that one doesn't even need a degree to pursue this career. To become successful, one must have drive, a good portfolio, and a big network. One of my teachers who had found a job in my field during his youth confessed to me that his experience at the Art Institute only gave him one thing he didn't teach himself: networking skills (which, in my opinion, is not worth $100,000+)."
For-profit scam
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2015
  • Degree: Art & Design
"Don't waste your time. It is a for-profit college designed to extract the government money out of the poor and veterans. You end up with more debt than an ivy league and the experience worse than a community college. Totally the worst thing I ever did."
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2015
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"Great school when I was there, recent changes have not had a positive affect on the school."
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2015
  • Degree: Interior Design
"The art institutes are a huge scam. You do not need a degree in this field to work in it. Ai required me to retake things like english 100,that I had already passed with an A at another college. The campus based classes are just as bad with transfer credit issues they had meets about my education without my knowledge or presence, as if I was a child. The teachers are awful, either they blatantly hate teaching and don't care if you know it, or they hate it but try to fake it. Do not waste your money here, do a cheaper route like RHODEC or community college. None of the credits for an art major transfer except very basic ones. I quit after many many problems, and my advisor said I was the most promising student she had. And I got charged the entire amount even though I dropped out within their own time frame. Such a fraud, huge huge fraud."
  • Reviewed: 11/2/2015
  • Degree: Art & Design
"Do not go to The Art Institute for a Game or Animation Degree. This school accepts everyone, charges way too much for tuition ($100,000) , tries to trick you into spending money on unnecessary things such as $1000 rent per month for housing (no this cannot be split between students and you have to share a room with two other students), and an intro kit ($1000) that has items in it that you will never use. They have a HUGE dropout rate, and they say they will will help get you a job. The jobs they send their students are not art related 87% of the time. The four years I went there, they rarely had a career adviser or a head of department because their staff either kept being let go or quitting. A quarter of the teachers there were very knowledgeable and extremely helpful, while the rest were there just to make a few bucks. The Art Institute will squeeze every dollar out of you, and if you don't have what they want, they will say they will work with you but just send you to collections in the end, even after you have been making steady monthly payments."
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2015
  • Degree: Web Design
"The cons: It was a for-profit company, so while they told us that underperforming students would not be permitted to advance and/or graduate, the truth was that AiPD was never going to give up the money that student was paying, no matter how terrible the student was at design. There were some TERRIBLE "designers" in some advanced classes. Some teachers were also overworked/overbooked teaching a ton of classes, some of which they clearly had only a passing knowledge of the subject matter. It was hideously expensive so I am over thirty and still paying off the loans I had when I graduated at 21. The pros: It was the only college in my vicinity that offered the sort of major I wanted. Class sizes were small, usually around 15-20 students. I was able to finish a 4yr degree in three years. It was the right sort of college for me - but it's not for everybody!"
Run for your life!
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2015
  • Degree: Interior Design
"If I could give this no stars, ever, I would. They are overbearing in ways. They call you all day everyday to "talk" for several hours about nothing. I removed my phone numbers and they were pissed and never stop telling me so. The team you're given to help you through is an uneducated group who has no information for you about anything. They claim they never heard from you; they actually just ignore your emails for about 6 months then claim they were busy. The instructors are hardly knowledgeable. They treat their class like it's something you'll truly need but it isnt. You will spend half your time reviewing other students' work when your teacher should be doing that. Good luck finding a teacher who posts grades on time. Good luck finding an I strict or who even pays attention and grades you correctly, they're hard to come by. Overall this is a highly expensive and overrated school. Art institute is terrible, please don't waste your time. Go to a REAL art school. This is the worst mistake I've ever made."
  • Reviewed: 10/13/2015
  • Degree: Video Game Design
"Classes were not as informative on industry standards or prepared in a professional manner. It does not prepare you for work in your desired field and gives falsified information on active jobs post education."
Clorae Baca
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2015
  • Degree: Fashion
"Let me start by saying this: I LOVED my school. All my instructors (minus the HR instructor) were GREAT, active industry related professionals that knew exactly what they were doing. I learned so much, possibly because I was an older student (26 at the time) ready and determined to get the most of my money. Upon graduation is where the frustration happened. I was sold on the education and committing to the school for the length of the degree because they PROMISE to "help you find a job after graduation". Did I find a job? NOPE. Everything the career advisor was sending me was from the same career search engines I was already using; I'm sure I probably knew about MORE. THE SCHOOL DOES NOT HELP YOU FIND A JOB AS THEY PROMISE!!! I ended up opening my own business because I couldn't find anything. Was it the school that prepared me for the real world? Not really. But they did help me learn time management, but I could have gotten that from any other college for LESS MONEY."