The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (139)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The school was really good. Teachers had "real-world" experience. Plus they had an expedited course so you can finish in 3 years instead of 4.
The place itself felt rather executive but the faculty were helpful. The location strangely fit every major into one building, had id cards for classrooms, and at least two security guards on grounds at all times. The Orange County one by comparison separates the cooking classes from the computer related ones, has less strict security measures and a relaxed atmosphere from the staff. Although I only visited the latter a few times, I felt safe at both schools. Curriculum is surprisingly easy to attend when it's something you like. You can always arrange an alternative class if you want a different type of focus too.
Not worth the money that was spent on it. Private collages are a scam. I'm so far in debt I can't imagine life without repaying my loans. Most of what I've learned has been in the field.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL! I did not graduate this awful school. I luckily realized what a scam it was and ran for the hills by my third quarter. This school has put me through hell and back. When I first contacted the school to learn more about their culinary program I was very pleased by how quick they were to respond to all my questions. They went above and beyond to make me think this school would be the best thing that would ever happen to me, and even lied about what classes I would be taking. I guess it is kind of my fault, I should have asked to see proof of what my required classes would be. Long story short, when I arrived to the school for my first day, I ended up in my dorm room in tears because of my schedule. ALL THE CLASSES WERE CLASSES MY ADVISOR TOLD ME I WOULD NOT HAVE TO TAKE. This school needs to burn to the ground. I feel sorry for anyone that has attended this school. OH and the horrible, I MEAN HORRIBLE so called teachers. This school is a scam!!!! Went to college for baking and pastry for 4 months and now $15,000 in debt.
I would not recommend this school. I did not understand what type of school it was when I enrolled. It is a for-profit school that cares little about actual education or preparing you for an actual job after graduation.