Search Programs

The Art Institutes

156 Reviews

Locations:   Nationwide 

Annual Tuition: $19,354

18% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
15% of students said they would recommend this school to others
Find an Online Degree:

Programs with 5+ Reviews

Student Reviews

Student Reviews

Write a Review 

Savage the Mermaid

Reviewed: 11/7/2022

Degree: Fashion

You WILL regret it. They use massive deception to recruit and enroll and Urge students to complete the entire program. You can go to a quality community college for pennies on the dollar and then transfer into a state school for dimes on the dollar. This is not a real school or a program that will prepare you to be a professional in creative industry And it costs WAAAAAY MORE MONEY. And I’m wishing you good luck with their so-called job placement. Never got one job no help nothing. By the way I graduated... Read More


Reviewed: 10/6/2021

Degree: Advertising Design

The worst mistake I ever made in my life was listening to my high school art teacher and attending the Art Institute. The school is a joke and worst of all, it is a unaccredited "school". To waste your college years at a place like this truly sad. Do not, under any circumstance, attend this school. Go to an accredited university and have a real college experience. Whoever created this institution has done a great disservice to thousands of well-meaning students. It's embarrassing telling people where... Read More


Reviewed: 10/1/2021

Degree: Film Production

The program was a joke; most of it was me sitting in class watching youtube videos. The first year we actually did stuff relevant to our major, but after that it was pointless filler classes. Without those filler classes there was no way my degree would have taken 2 years to finish. Career services was non-existent. I would go to the office and they would work with me and then they would quit leaving with no one to help me. They also lied to me; The advisors told me that my pell grant would cover... Read More


Reviewed: 3/15/2021

Degree: Fashion

DO NOT go to this school!!! Its a complete joke. 1 & 2nd term are going to feel normal. And then all of a sudden you're kicked out with no explanation. I went to every department. They told me to call a number. I ask for the number. " oh we dont have it" EXCUSE ME?? IM KICKED out. Lost all my aid and my apartment (because i had loans out for living) Then i go to request my transcripts because I had to move 800 miles back home. And I HAD TO PAY 2K TO GET THEM?! DO. NOT. GO. HERE.!!!! IM NOW 23K In... Read More


Reviewed: 11/11/2020

Degree: Art & Design

I had spent over a YEAR working at a sewing factory and working in retail to save enough money to move to Nashville, where one of the Art Institutes was (it is now closed). Everything was going so well; I rented a motel room so I could attend the interview, I got accepted, I kept in constant contact with the staff (who was very nice), one of them even helped me find a great place to live, which is the apartments that are literally a stone-throw away from the campus. I had moved all the way from my... Read More

Lauren T

Reviewed: 12/5/2019

Degree: Graphic Design

I am currently trying to apply to grad schools for public health, but I went to one semester at the Art Institute. The branch I went to is closed, so I can't contact the registrars office there, there is no headquarter or customer support phone number that works anywhere, and I guess the two transcript request forms I sent in got lost somewhere? I am currently in limbo, possibly not able to apply to grad school, because this one school is so incompetent it cant set up a working transcript transfer... Read More


Reviewed: 7/11/2019

Degree: Video Game Design

My son's experience at this school was horrible from the beginning. We should have cut our losses and withdrew the first year. But, because the credits would not transfer, he stuck with it. Their only interest is to see how much money they can squeeze out of you and the federal government through loans and grants. They are never responsive when you want to speak with someone and I have nothing good to say about the entire 4 years he was enrolled.

Samantha Mera

Reviewed: 6/18/2019

Degree: Graphic Design

What a disappointing school...the teachers were so great until budget cuts happened and they laid off all the good ones. All this money poured into a school where credits cant even be transferred and transcripts are lost and apparently charged for. I cannot describe my disappoint with this school right now and im still paying my loan off to a college that no longer exists...dont do it everyone. Save your checkbooks and your sanity.


Reviewed: 2/27/2019

Degree: Fashion

I attended this school because my friend was there, and made it seem to be pretty decent. The only decent thing about this school is how much money was put into it. The culinary program is what keeps the school running. I wasn't even there 3 months, and Ive decided to call it quits. I am a veteran, so I use my Post 9/11 to go to school. Upon enrolling into this establishment, my information was NEVER submitted to the VA. So guess who didn't get paid the first month and a half? I had to call the VA... Read More


Reviewed: 1/1/2019

Degree: Restaurant Management

I enjoyed the program. The admission counselor was helpful. I didn't like my academic counselor, I felt he didn't treat me as an adult and showed no compassion when i had a hardship in my life. The program i selected is good for learning how to start my own business, so job placement wasn't my concern.


Reviewed: 10/31/2018

Degree: Graphic Design

i shouldve listened to the reviews. this school is absolute TRASH they care about nothing but the money in your pocket. theyll do everything in their power to help you get enrolled and get your papers in sooner than later, but the second you have any kind of problem? they disappear. and you cant get in contact with them. and you decide to leave because they dont HELP and find yourself in debt. this school can choke.


Reviewed: 10/22/2018

Degree: Marketing

My experience has been very different than most here. I have an Associate Degree in Broadcasting and will be finishing my Bachelors Degree (Online) in January of 2019. I am super happy with the experience and have learned a lot. Yes, it is expensive but I have truly been able to learn a lot and it has benefited my career. You can't expect the degree to go out and look for a job for you, you need to put the effort into the job seeking process. The only thing I can say is that the school is very expensive,... Read More

Andy liu

Reviewed: 8/23/2018

Degree: Computer Animation

They are a business not a school, They are not being honest and upfront, they don't care about the succeed of the student only money, you will most likely ending up in debt! you will most likely get depression, basically your life is F****d! AVOID THIS SCHOOL AT ALL COST!


Reviewed: 8/9/2018

Degree: Web Design

They don't care. This school simply does not care at all about their students. I've regretted going here ever since my first few quarters, and now I only have 1 quarter left until graduation. I wanted to transfer immediately, but my parents were skeptical about my concerns of the school not giving a quality education at all and only handing out good to average grades. What ever they call "career services" s****. It's a sham, there is NOTHING to do with career services or helping students find information... Read More

Raoul Watanabe

Reviewed: 7/5/2018

Degree: Graphic Design

The Art Institute offers a mixed bag of educational experiences. Some of the instructors are very good and dedicated, some are indifferent at best. They are increasingly using adjunct part-time instructors to save money on teachers -- and the slippage in quality of teaching and the dedication of the teachers shows as a result. The enrollment at the campus has declined bigly in the past few years -- the parking lot looks like a ghost town. They have cut back a lot on their services, class offerings,... Read More

A and B student does not reccomend this college

Reviewed: 5/3/2018

Degree: Graphic Design

The art institute IE CA is totally unprofessional they are employing teachers that are old and displaying memory problems they do not allow you to choose your electives they have attendance rule they revise and do not inform the students of so that they can screw the out of they money and classes they paid for, they have teachers who are biased and discriminate against students who dont hold the same thoughts as them, they have teachers who are being paid to teach design and art but use their class... Read More


Reviewed: 4/7/2018

Degree: Computer Animation

I would not recommend going to this school. One, you don't really receive a quality "college education" -- even though it is officially accredited, you are not guaranteed that your units will transfer to another school (if you need to, or want to go on to grad school), or be regarded as valid by potential employers. Not only is the tuition expensive, but many graduates do not go on to successful "dream" careers in their field of interest (only a small percentage, actually). I know many grads who... Read More


Reviewed: 2/1/2018

Degree: Computer Animation

I had transferred to the AI of Austin from AI of Tampa after the Pell grant was supposedly cut from there. I only had a year left before graduating, as they claimed, but upon going over my credits, Austin said not all of it would transfer over despite being the same program and school. Though, I would have enough to be able to finish in a year. Year passes and guess what? They said I had another year to go, because I didn't have enough credits transferred over! Frustrated, but I was talked into finishing... Read More

Chad W.

Reviewed: 1/26/2018

Degree: Film Production

My B.S. Degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale was a big waste of time and resources. This degree has done nothing to further my career or even get a foot in the door. When I enrolled in 2006, their statistics reported my degree average income could be $63k. In the eight years since graduation, I have yet to see a third of that salary with zero prospects or opportunities on the horizon. Furthermore, there was virtually no career placement services available at the time of my graduation.... Read More

Christiana Marinez

Reviewed: 1/23/2018

Degree: Art & Design

Horrible Institution. They are more of a scam than anything else. Claiming to have a good education. Over priced education for a poor education. Most of the professors where not good and would just show you tube videos to teach. This institution claims to be now non profit but are very money hungry and do not care for their students. Avoid this institution at all cost. Get a real education at an accredit institution this one is not. Avoid this student loan trap.


Start Your Online College Search:

Review schools that align with your career aspirations.