The Art Institutes Reviews

1.69 out of 5 stars
(156 Reviews)
  • Nationwide
  • Annual Tuition: $17,316 - $18,648
18% of 156 students said this degree improved their career prospects
15% of 156 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Toni - 8/29/2017
Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Josh - 8/29/2017
Degree: Interactive Media Design
Graduation Year: 2009
"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 The classes taught standards years out of date.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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Richard - 8/29/2017
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2006
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Vicki - 8/29/2017
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Micah Jung - 8/29/2017
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2003
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Lauren - 8/29/2017
Degree: Interior Design
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Shane Roberts - 8/29/2017
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2008
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Laura - 8/29/2017
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2009
"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."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Shaun J - 8/29/2017
Degree: Interactive Media Design
Graduation Year: 2010
"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!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Heather Grosz - 8/29/2017
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2009
"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"
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