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The art institute says they will help and support but if you are a single parent beware. My son got really sick and I had to travel to hospitals 1 to 4 hours away to see specialist. I told my adviser I am finishing classes this semester but I need to take a semester off. My sons health comes first and I cant handle traveling see specialist like the cancer one and classes. Its a hard to go to a cancer center with your 1 year old.
The adviser said he would help and not put me in the next semester. I didnt think anything of it and when the next semester started he still put me in. I had to withdraw from classes(cause I know I cold not do them). Now when I am trying to go back I find out I have to make an appeal.
Now I have sent my sons records to the school and the reason I could not take classes. I have two semesters till i finish and they wont let me start till the appeal is done.
It was not my fault the adviser lied to me and now i have to fight just to finish. Its hard enough being a single parent/ work full time/ be a full time student but this school makes it so much worst. I would suggest looking at other school cause if your child gets sick like mine the they cant help and when you come back you have to fight and fight and fight just to get into classes. I just wish someone told me this before i started my classes.
This school simply does not care about their students or the quality of education that they receive. The Admission Counselors, i.e.; "Commissioned Sales People" will be very helpful and courteous to you in the beginning and use high pressure tactics to get you to "sign" admission and loan papers. Just don't go to them if you have any issues or feel like you're not getting the quality of education that you paid for.
Speaking of what you're paying for; Some of the instructors at this school also teach at the Community College of Denver AND Emily Griffith Opportunity School. So why would you pay thousands of dollars for a class that would only cost $300 at CCD?
Don't buy into their Marketing hype - and that's exactly what it is. A full blown Marketing & Advertising Campaign that will have you convinced that they are a prestigious school. Make an educated decision about where you decide to go to school. All you have to do is make an appointment and visit the school. You will see that the students there are incredibly MISERABLE. Talk to the them and you will hear their stories about how they feel like they have been gypped out of an education and how either they have accumulated a huge amount of student debt (or their parents have) and they have nothing to show for it.
You can also do research online simply by typing Art Institute Reviews and will soon learn of many horror stories and about several class action lawsuits that have been initiated by students.
I decided to transfer out of AI-Online after having a huge sinking feeling that my education was half-baked, that the faculty didn't really care, and they were just in it for the money. I have to admit that I was impressed with 1-2 instructors that were there, because of their superb online presence. However, the rest of the time, we followed the same class schedule with canned lectures and reading, that were designed for the instructors to be able to sit back, except for grading, which most of them put off until the last minute required.
But here is the kicker: I am in the middle of a transfer to another school, which will remain unmentioned. Art Institute is declining to write an outtake letter saying I withdrew and what date was the last date of attendence. I just can't believe they can't write a simple letter with a date on it!!!
Now, what happens if I'm not fully admitted to the new school, or end up with no financial aid? It will be AI-Online's fault!!
I had to take an online class from AI due to the lack of classes within my major at the actual campus I was attending. I ended up taking a Creative writing class, which was anything but creative, and dropped it before the first week was over. Why, good question, after several attempts to get the instructor to provide examples or url links to their work after several attempts to track them down via google had failed.
If your paying $1800 a class it's not unreasonable to expect to find something, anything online out side of the AI online site to back up the competency of the instructors. After a few days in the class I became suspect that the instructor hadn't even written the material for the class as the sentence structure was completely different from their comments or replies.
Sadly, this doesn't stop with the online classes, but is also true for the actual class room instructors aswell. AI hires instructors (in most cases) who's only prerequisite is a Masters Degree and a pulse. Most have never actually worked in the field they are teaching and I found myself constantly having to correct them when it came to basic fundamentals in art, design and Adobe software.
Out of the 10 classes I had at AI, only 2 teacher actually seemed to be full time professionals and part time teacher, the other 7 were full time teacher with little or no experience in what they were teaching, and zero web presence. I google all instructors for a class I'm paying for at any school and have found some schools actually provide you with website urls for their instructors so there is no question of their credentials. My advice to anyone attending an AI campus or Online classes anywhere is to get out and research schools via google and include the word "scam" afterwords to and see what other people are saying. Then research the instructors at these online schools. Professional artist have web presents, they have a website, you can see their work and know if they have the actual skills to be teaching or are just posers.
I must say that reading many of the reviews on this site have opened my eyes to all the possibilities - good and bad of online education. I obtained my bachelors degree in art by physically attending classes at another institution and have been working since graduation in another field. While reading the negatives that others have written about on here, I have decided that I definitely need to do my research, regardless of what school I end up choosing.
As others have done, I also have to question the motivation of some of these individuals. Many of the reviews contain nothing but negative rambling that is full of bad grammer and incorrect spelling. Come on folks, if you can't even make the effort to properly use the english language, maybe you didn't put enough time into taking courses either.
Those who are successful in college are those who put in the effort. I learned the hard way. Even with a degree, I still ended up working in another field and now regret not putting forth even more effort while in school. If I had, I may have already been working in graphic design by now, like some of my classmates. Instead, I now have to go back to school and further train for what I could have learned then. But I can tell you this... I know it's not going to be easy. It's going to take discipline and hard work. Nothing in life is easy and anyone who enrolls in college courses (either on-line or on campus) need to realize that school is no different. If you go into it thinking it is going to be a "piece-of-cake", then you are kidding yourself and setting yourself up for failure.
I have read probably around 100 reviews here on this school and I would have to agree with some that those who are complaining either, A. have little to no experience with other colleges, or, B. couldn't hack it and dropped out only to blame the school for their struggles. AI Online is a great school with a very solid and challenging curriculum.
I am a second-year student with AI, and am also a very skilled photographer. Each and every class I find that I am learning very important aspects concerning my photography and it never ceases to amaze me just how valuable my classes are to not only my education, but my photography as a whole. While it is expensive, it is a great option for those looking for online studies in pursuit of their degrees.
Google my name and "photography" if you would like to see some of my work. I firmly and sincerely give credit to AI Online for the leaps and bounds I have taken since beginning instruction at this school.
I can hack it. Anyone can, as the courses at this school are absurdly easy and un-challenging. I've managed to get great grades without *EVER* reading *ANY* of the books or online materials they provide, which I find disturbing.
Furthermore, I'm not a drop out, in fact, I'm still enrolled and attending for my Bachelor's and I'm rather mortified by what I'm learning about my school.
That said, I simply can't recommend this institution. They are grossly disorganized and I've even been put in the same class twice because of a mix up simply caused by the fact they slightly changed the name of the course. The process of getting me out of said class was long and annoying, wasting my time for weeks. I've *almost* ended up in the same classes multiple times as well, aside from that incident.
In my experience, academic advisors at this school are extremely disorganized and often don't have their facts straight whatsoever. I was told by their website I would graduate in January 2011, only to hear from my new advisor that was a mistake and I'm not to graduate until December 2012!! More money for them. My girlfriend also attempted to attend and their rude, apathetic and incompetent advisor failed to inform her of a very large, additional sum owed until it was a mere week before it was due. The school made no effort whatsoever to rectify this or chastise the lazy advisor, despite his very obvious negligence. So she didn't even get to start.
Sadly, I'm envious of her because I haven't learned a single thing at this school I didn't already know about my field (Graphic Design) and now I'm on the hook for a ton of money. I will say the teachers are usually nice enough and helpful, however. I have, although, had a few lame ones that seemed to know less than I do about the subject matter.
You'll switch academic and financial advisors often, and they might bother to inform you. You'll get charged for books even if you don't need to buy them to get through the classes (and you never will - the online courses almost NEVER reference the accompanying texts).
You'll get weird bills in the mail for expenses you've never been spoken to about. The only bright side there is *most* of the time if you call them up and complain they'll claim it was a billing error and you don't have to pay. Although, this leaves you to wonder how many of these "erroneous" bills they send out and accept money for.
I would strongly advise avoiding this school's online division. I can't speak for their physical locations, but the digital incarnation of this school is extremely disorganized, misinforming and honestly rather shady.
Please, if you are considering attending an Art Institute, or the Online Division, think again. I graduated with an associates from the ground campus and attended online for a few terms recently. The curriculum is outdated, the credits don't transfer and the tuition rates are outrages. Look into community colleges or online schools that are affiliated with real, non-profit schools.
this school sucks they are using the oney we put into it to mess around with they always have some stupid event going on and i didnt go there to have fun i came there to learn my trade and now i have to pay for not learning anything in the school this is a scam from hell dont go to this school and ill repeat DONT GO TO THIS SCHOOL UNLESS YOU WANNA PAY FOR NOT LEARNING ANYTHIN
this school is a huge scam. i read somebody say that all schools have bad teachers/ advisors, and to get over it. well, although this is true, Ai is a huge scam. its not the teachers who are taking your money, its the head(s) of the company. this school costs more per year than harvard (i checked!)they dont transfer credits to other schools or from other schools. and they dont even transfer their own credits within their own schools. they are pushy people. there was an act resently to help students with student loans and my school was sending around a petition to STOP it. THIS SCHOOL ONLY CARES ABOUT THE MONEY, NOT YOUR EDUCATION. THEY HAVE WORTHLESS DEGREES AND PROGRAMS.
I have had similar experience with the bad situations that AIO presents. I chose to withdrawal because I did not feel I was being "taught" or challenged in any way. I was getting an "A" in my last class and not comprehending ANYTHING and it was clear that I wasn't grasping the concepts.
Yet my teacher passed me and said I did great on every assignment when I clearly failed it according to the score. When I chose to withdrawal I started seeing that AIOnline slacked on my financial aid, classes, and recently a transcript request. I won't get into too much detail but basically they took me out of a class I confirmed because someone processed paperwork improperly, then I lose my financial aid because of this, then they took my money for official transcripts and never mailed them.
This could all be a coincidence but I can't help but see other people have similar experiences on EVERY review website I go to. I don't ever write complaints but I really suggest to do serious research before choosing Art Institute Online.
I was also bamboozled when I applied because I was told I would graduate sooner than I was told 3 years later that I would. It seems people just float through this school and the education some might recieve isn't nearly what they are paying for. I have now changed majors and will be attending a community college for a way cheaper degree and I hope a better experience and education than I was/would be receiving at AIO. I wish I had something good to say, but I do not.
I also want to add, I am not a drop-out who couldn't cope..I am someone who would like to spend money on a great education to help me do something better in my life not pay $80k and then say WTH did I learn?!
I attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh campus beginning in 2005. This school really pushes itself as the preeminent source for creative post-secondary education with all its advertising, but in reality, what you get is a completely useless education.
What they teach you is in no way realistic as far as professional settings; students are either taught incorrectly or not enough, and since the school craves money in the same way as a vampire craves blood, they will accept and graduate people who in no way have the skills to actually work in their field. I've seen people turn in stick figure illustrations in an Advanced Illustration class and still get a good grade.
AiP will shuffle people through classes - many of which are the same classes with different names - and force them to take the full 180 credit hours (bachelor's degree). Have you credits from another school, like for math and English? Sorry, but AiP isn't interested in your crafty money-saving techniques - they want you to take their superior English and math classes at $487 a credit.
AiP is far more interested in getting money out of people than it is helping people get closer to creative careers. First of all, the tuition without housing costs included is over $22,000 a year. Housing is $2100 per semester. And they push people to borrow money they can't get through Sallie Mae, and that agency itself is nothing but a huge headache.
Don't get wrong, the teaching staff is overall good - some bad instructors here and there, but everyone's generally nice. But these people have no clue what they're doing, and you'll end up with skills that are absolutely worthless in the professional art world. In fact, some employers will actually specifically not hire Art Institute graduates because of how bad the schools' reputation has become.
And before anyone rolls their eyes at the probably drop-out who couldn't handle it, I graduated from that cesspool with academic honors and as an NTHS member...and I got a four-year degree in three years despite taking about two semesters worth of non-transferring classes (from before I switched majors). Hmm, you know what they call a school that only cares about getting your money and lets you finish a degree in noticeably less time than it should take? A diploma mill. This place wasn't even accredited until 2008 - don't colleges need to be accredited before students can get financial aid via FAFSA to attend them?
If you want to go to college for art, do not go here. With housing costs and never repeating any classes, my degree cost over $100,000. Ivy League schools don't even cost that much.
I am a current student at AIO and I love it. After reading reviews, I had to write my own. While some things students have said are true, such as changing of advisers and the very compact course, many things I've read I think are simply from their personal bad experience.
I am a stay at home mom with 2 young children. I have an associates degree from a ground university and finally decided to go back to school to finish my bachelors. I decided that online would be better for me so that I could do class when I had time and after doing some research, decided on AIO. I'm currently a full time student and while at first, the 5.5 week time frame was very intimidating (3-4 assignments due per week, per class) once I got into the groove of it all, there was no problem at all.
Many people are saying that they haven't learned anything from class or learned more on their own... well it's an online class, what exactly did you expect? Of course you are teaching yourself. While there are a few minor areas that I feel like more learning would have been helpful, if you take the time every week to read what is there for you, read your text books, watch the instruction videos, there's no reason you should have any problems completing your assignments. The teachers I've had thus far are very quick to leave feedback on your assignments and constantly remind you of their office hours in case you need some one on one time. Some of my teachers even take the time to put your work into a video where they go over it and verbally explain what you need to change or what is great about it.
There is no doubt in my mind that some people have had trouble with this... as I said, it can be very overwhelming, but if you do the work, read the material and actually want to achieve your degree, you will. You have to be motivated and self disciplined. Don't expect to be able to log in once or twice a week and do well, it wont happen. Imagine physically going to school once a week instead of MWF like you should; chances are you wont do well in that class either. Some people need everything in black and white to understand it and if you are one of those people, then AIO probably isn't for you.
Last year I needed a single class from an accredited school to retain my teaching certification in Pennsylvania. I called them up inquiring about their online division where I was told an advisor would call me back. Waiting and playing serious phone tagging, I linked up with another accredited school and got my business taken care of...no BS waiting.
They called back a number of times and my mom got the first call and told them not to call cause I got business taken care of...they didn't take that advice (2nd offense). They finally got me that same week and I told them I only needed a single class and they said "Oh no...you must take an entire program". Imagine now...A certified teacher inquiring the need for a single continuing edu class per Pennsylvania State EDU benchmarks, but this school wants me to like stop teaching what I earned from a Pennsylvania State College already??? WTF are they thinking? I'll tell you...$$$$$$$.
So in a 12 month span I continually get calls with the same request from them if i'm interested. I keep telling them not relevant, not interested, stop calling after 8pm, stop calling period. Got another one today actually. I already submitted their number to the National do not call list. If ya'll get these BS calls, advise your State Attorney General with the caller ID's they called with. They display the symptoms as what one poster described earlier as "Seat fillers for perks" and that's BS amongst other correlations i've been researching on these jokers at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Oh yeah, my nephew went to the actual culinary program in Pittsburgh and stated similar complaints.
I am attending AI Online for my Degree in Web design & Interactive Media. I have had a great experience. My instructors post on a regular basis and they give me great feedback. My academic advisor has been great too. The only problem I have been having is with my financial aid rep. They have changed my rep and didn't tell me. However, both my reps have returned my messages in a timely manner. I feel as with any class you take, you get out of it what you put into it.
Most of you are hilarious. Bashing the school because you failed. I'm a "professional student". College stinks everywhere, period. Every college has good and bad professors, classes, advisors, etc. Get over it. You couldn't hack it at college, so you hop online and cry about it.
If you really want to go to AI complete as many credits as you can at a state or junior college first!!
I completed an AA degree in 1999 worked a couple of freelance jobs in the industry, but now work in a non-Art job. I have a a handful of good teachers, but they dont last.I learned more from my classmates and self taught than most of the teachers
I would like to finish with a business or marketing degree but credits that won’t transfer.
Number of pissed off students!!! I have done some research and found a website www.sueainow.com. This site has a petition started with in intent of sending it to the US department of Education.
If you are planning to attend the campus based or online courses at A.I. for Media, Arts and Animation.. think again!!
I went to this school for about two years online and walked out of there with little to no experience and a large amount of debt. The online format that they have is very disappointing. There is barely any communication between you and the teacher. Most teachers are not working in the field, so you do NOT get industry insight! Also, expect to get A's and B's in this school, even if you draw like a two year old. Most students didn't know how to draw, had horrible assignments turned in and still were praised by teachers! What the heck went wrong here?
If you are looking to learn animation... shoot low. You will learn how to use 3DS Max, and fast. You won't go into depth about the software, but you will know where to find the tools within the software! What a bunch of crock! Also, animation program here is horrible. I learned how to move an object from point A to B, but didn't learn about ease in and ease out, spacing, overlap, overshoot, secondary action, squash and stretch! If your going to this school, these terms will be foreign to you. I dropped out of this "so-called" school and enrolled at the www.Animationmentor.com school. The difference between the school is enormous. Within a year I went from animating a bouncing ball (that look quite pathetic) to a full fledged dialogue shot that was lip synced.
Just wanted to do my part and warn those of you who want to join this school for the Animation program. It was a waste of money, time, and resources on a flawed system. DON'T GO TO THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!
Compltee lack of communication among staff. Changed advisors 2 times, financial aid reps 3 times....never told me. I signed up for web design, never got there.....got bogged down with pre-requisites. When I withdrew for end of session they took me out before my session ended and still expect me to pay???
Advisors changed my 'major' 2 times to satisfy prerequisites, and did not communicate with financial aid.....they think I DID THIS, and that I willy-nilly was changing my mind. That is some way justifies the rip off I suppose. VERY DISAPPOINTED, still unemployed and NOW in debt. RUN, RUN AWAY AS FAST AS YOU CAN!!!!
I attended for Animation and was not getting any instruction that I couldn't learn on my own. In fact, I learned more on my own. Rather than keep forking over vast sums of money, I dropped 3/4 into a quarter.
Well...Federal funds were returned and I found out that they want me on the hook for the rest of the quarter, which I didn't take. I had 3 classes to a quarter, one after the other at 5.5 wks each. So I dropped with a zero balance on my account after the second class was finished. I get a call a week later saying I owe them $1990.00 for the rest of the quarter that they had to return to the Federal Government. I've filled a complaint with the BBB and will be contacting the Attorney General. I will not pay for classes I DID NOT TAKE! Avoid AI at all costs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyone writing positive reviews here has yet to encounter the billing and good luck getting a job with an AI Online Degree to repay the vast sum you've racked up!
I am currently attending this "school" and with out getting into much detail, I will say this...I have been attending here for a year now, I get no phone calls from staff, or anybody from that school! SAVE YOUR MONEY PERIOD, no need to get into it...just stay away from AI Online.
I attended the Art Institute ground school in Pittsburgh and found some of the instructors were rude and treated you like you were ignorant. I dropped out after two weeks, because I couldn't take it anymore.
When I dropped out of the ground school, I decided to attend the online program that they offered Web Design and Interactive Media. I was fine with everything until a little over a year of my classes. I found the teachers were becoming less helpful and very rude when it came to emails about questions.
My financial adviser wasn't helpful at all, because every 11 weeks I had a new one and they wasn't familiar with me. And I would receive letter in the mail stating that I had to pay them money and then two months later I would receive a check in the mail for the amount that I had to pay them.
My academic adviser changed a lot too. I got to the point where I couldn't depend on my advisers and my classes were leading me to a point where I wasn't learning anything at all. My academic adviser also lied to me many times about the classes left that I needed to complete.
I do not recommend this school to anyone.
I have been taking classes at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online for about a year now. I live near Pittsburgh and wanted to attend the Campus there but could not because of a full-time job and 4 children. The classes have been great and I am learning a ton. I am in the Web Design and Interactive Media program and it is exactly what I have hoped. I have the flexiblity that I need to juggle my work life, family and school. I think with the online classes you get back what you put in and a lot of these people that complain do so because they don't try. Their the same people that would fail out of Harvard and then blame it on the University and say it's a bad school. The class do move rapidly but you have to put in the right effort or you'll get mothing for them and proably fail. so far everything has been great for me and I can't wait to finish and get started on my new career.
Hello everyone, Im here to tell you that the art institute is running a scam.
They constantly annoy you to apply. They take your money and in some instances they dont even send you the books you need.
Companies DO NOT hire people from Ai, Their diploma isnt worth the paper it is written on! There are over 75 lawsuits out with the government.
They cover their asses by not sending something to you in writing, because if they did..they could get suied.
The people that call you and tell you about the college are nothing but sales people, saying "Im the head of ai blah blah blah" yet when he called me I could hear loads of noise in the background, it sounded like a 1-800 service.
I told him he is running a scam and I got a flood of emails, I told him to stop and if he didnt I was going to turn him in, and guess what? I have never gotten a single email back. Sound funny to you?
Be careful of these people, I have also done some research on some other online colleges and guess what? The same thing, all of the ones not through universities are a big fat scam! So watch yourself and your money, Dont waste your hard earned money!
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