The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (135)
A high school diploma will probably earn you more interviews than a degree from this hole. Seriously. First of all, the Art Institutes are NOT real colleges. They are greedy degree factories fronting as educational facilities to charge out the a** for a slipshod education, take your money, and leave you broke or thousands in debt. A degree from ANY Art Institutes affiliated school is completely worthless. If you put Art Institutes on your resume as your primary place of education, any respectable workplace will throw your application right in the trash. (Unless your dream is working a retail job, that is.) Most all of the instructors (at least in my degree field) literally knew nothing, in some cases, myself or other students were showing THEM the correct way to do things, and all too often, they would turn on Youtube or Lynda and just project random tutorials on how to complete lessons as opposed to actually teaching us. And this was far from a rare occurrence. Also, lots of teachers and other school staff lied through their teeth, promising us that Disney scouted talent from AI "all the time," that they had "numerous" graduates go on to work for Dreamworks, Pixar, and other greats, and that they were supposedly partnered with area businesses who made it a priority to hire AI graduates...Well I've been out of school for 3.5 years now, and I work in the deli at a grocery store. I was a good student who was always in attendance, earned high marks, and put as much effort as I could give into everything I did, but of course, all most businesses care about is the prestige of your school and the curriculum it offers. And AI is nowhere NEAR up to par with the standards demanded by this constantly changing industry (computer animation) Out of date software, teachers with less knowledge of the subject than the students, and literally, no control over the behavior of other students. I'm serious, even roaming the campus of this "college" in comparison to others, you can immediately tell it feels more like I'd never left high school. Also, from the perspective of an art major, this school is poisonous. The teachers are essentially instructed to weed out and destroy any individuality, and completely condemn any idea of creating or working in your own unique style. Several teachers I had forced us all to attempt to create in the exact same style, with the exact same methods, citing the excuse that "this is what you'll see in the industry!" When this could not be farther from the truth. I actually venture to say that my cartooning style suffered from being here, as I was essentially told that I was not allowed to produce work my own way, with my own aesthetics. And the styles they were teaching us were god awful...We all knew this CAN'T have been the "industry standard." It's a total scam, and nothing more. I honestly cannot believe this hole is still allowed to exist, and that the numerous class-action lawsuits against them haven't shut them down completely. PLEASE. Do yourselves a favor and do NOT even consider applying to this college. You will be left dead broke, with no extra skills
I am not sure how long this school had this program active, but it was horrible. Out of all the years working towards this degree, you can fit all of the actual game classes in one year. The curriculum that was taught was not up to industry standard (behind a few years) and the program only had one instructor who had a game background - and she started teaching right out of school. There was no career placement assistance, and the school is laughed at when I submit my portfolio and resume to employers. Not to mention they have been sued many times from the Department of Education for shady practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.