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The goal of this group is to raise awareness of the fact that the heavily advertised "Art Institutes" are not real art schools, but corporate owned diploma mills that exploit young people’s dreams to sell fake education for ungodly amounts of money. I went briefly and dropped out after realizing my $120,000 ‘education’ was not going to get me a job anywhere or allow me entrance to a Grad school. Their over 40 locations are owned by the Education Management Corporation(EDMC) which is possibly the main villain in today’s corporate education scam. They have been sued many times, but are still in operation and growing. Now they have several other chains of schools other than the Art Institutes (Brown Mackie College, Southern University, Western State University, and Argosy University). In order to destroy them we must make sure everyone knows about this awful scheme so that they lose business and shut down on their own.

SAY NO TO Ai!!!

As the majority of DeviantArt is people who are interested in art, and around the age of choosing a college, I feel this is a relevant issue to make a group about here. Especially since it is impossible not to see “ART INSTITUTE OF PITTSBURGH” flashing all over the site. If anyone has any bad AI experiences, please share! Spread the awareness and don’t let this money hungry corporation ruin anyone else’s life! I personally went to an AI school and can verify bad things about the school that are mentioned in the reviews posted below. It keeps me awake at night thinking of all the people who are in massive debt and can’t get an above-minimum-wage job because of EDMC.

SUEAINOW.COM: www.sueainow.com/Default.aspx

Read for yourself how this company has affected student’s lives: www2.studentsreview.com/search…

And read employee accounts as well: www.jobvent.com/edmc-education…

STUDENT MURDERED IN AI SPONSORED HOUSING: crimeblog.dallasnews.com/archi…

A portal with lots of useful reading: tampastudents.net/

video on the subject: www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7OHrV…

NOTE: Not all art schools with ‘Institute’ in the name are EDMC owned (like the School of the Art Institute of Chicago). Research which ones are legitimate before requesting information!

Another scam art school frequently advertised on this site is Full Sail University. THEY ARE JUST AS BAD: www.dperry.com/archives/articl…
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LGW1234159 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I was so so so close to attending the Art Institute, I came across them at a college fair at my local community college which is a much better school and wear I'm attending right now.  I expressed interest in their film program and the location in Philadelphia  seemed to fit me. I got info from the school and I got to talk to my advisor, he was like the nicest guy I ever met. He told me about the open house and me and my whole family drove the many hours there and got the tour. Being new to the college world I was really impressed with what I saw. I was then shown the dorms and honestly they sucked. I just thought that was how it was in college. So as time went on and with some suggestions from my teachers and counselor to attend the community college before going else to see what college life is like. I called them and told them that I will not be attending and too STOP calling me as they called me every single frickin day and it really annoyed my mother. I then saw the reception that the art institute had and I was relieved that I wouldn't be given a bad education and be in LARGE  amounts of debt with a degree that is worthless.

I also looked into Full Sail University since my counselor suggested it to me. I didn't get any calls or anything but from what I saw on their website and the brochure I was really impressed and wanted to go. I again came across the school's bad reputation and I immediately had no interest in any for profit school. This was the site that did it:fullsailreviews.net/

Bottom line: DO NOT GO TO A FOR PROFIT SCHOOL!

Do your research, you'll find a good school for your passion. Just don't go looking for it here      
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StrandsOfMelody Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought "Finally, a school I could really see myself attending that will help me be successful AND happy in what I do." but.. now I feel... really really disappointed. 
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blackkatzorlando Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Thanks for your candor....real schools in my area are giving me serious crap bc the last two semesters I had serious health problems....will steer clear of AI, thanks again ♡♥♡
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xwolven Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
School is a scam that preys on naive young people who even think they might want to be artists.  They will promise you things by your final year that they don't even have at the time but promise they will have by the time you get there.   

   Why don't more artists just find a good Junior College that specializes in the type of art/film/fashion/music/cooking they want to learn?  Jr College is cheap but they have reputations and you can find one that is great for the type of field you want to go into.  You'll be so happy you did.  Tech Schools are pipe dreams that pretend to be something much more than they really are.  And all their big profits just go back into Advertising.  Not the school or in hiring good teachers who are often in fact rejected teachers from real colleges
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troymation Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmdGZk…

Here is a great video that sums up "for profit" colleges like the "Art Institutes". He talks about game schools in the video because he is a professor of game development at Digpen but You can easily fill in "game school" with any for profit college....hit's the nail on the head, in my opinion.
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LifeKO Featured By Owner Edited Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am in 12th grade and I applied for the Art institute and like what people suggest I draw a lot of anime because I want to be a anime artist. My GPA is 3.3-3.4. The guy who calls me [Rep from AI] keeps telling me that I should leave my medical dreams to go to my art interest, but I want to study abroad in Japan. 
Thank you guys for the comments and warnings.
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CharlieHartford Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
  Rage  Yeah I'm a newbie to college, I didn't think before I applied at The Art Institute and now I'm trapped. I am in the film program, granted they have all the equipment but it's pointless if they don't fully teach you how to use it.  I'm only 30 and I'm already in debt. I've been attending for a year and 8 months now and I regret everyday, at first everything was  fine I was excited, when I signed up I had no clue what they were telling me. Not good with numbers and the financial terms that were used is a load of crap. I was under the impression I would be getting Financial Aid help, but all I get is Loans.
      I already out over 14 thousand dollars. I can't work a full time job, so I'm not making enough to survive and go to school. I live on campus in which I absolutely hate, they don't monitor these places at all, and they just shack you up with anyone. I don't smoke or drink and the people they have me here with have friends over who smoke WEED, etc, I don't do drugs nor do I want to be around any of that or inhale that stuff.  I too just wanted to leave home and be on my own, but I WENT ABOUT IT THE WRONG WAY, NO MONEY, NO CAR JUST WENT ON IMPULSE. You file complaints and they don't do anything.
      This school is very shady all they care about is the money, I know this now.  The teachers tend to be rude and arrogant at times.  They teach way too fast and never teach the entire lesson because the classes are too short to learn so much. I learn more form YOUTUBE than I do in class.  I wanted to take a quarter off to work and save up money and come to find out even if I'm out of school I still have to pay these people, why am I paying if I'm not attending class? That doesn't make any sense, and I've heard if you leave they will try to make you pay in full, which for me means $80,000 up front. I stay broke, feel like I'm not learning anything, not happy with the dorms and just don't know what to do anymore. I had to apply for food stamps cause I never have money in my pocket. Can't pay the bills. Feel like an idiot, all I wanted to do was learn how to make film, not go into debt for the rest of my life.  I know all schools are expensive but this one takes the cake. They try so hard to make you stay all yo are to them is a paycheck, it's sad and it's wrong. Something needs to be done. Waaaah! 
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mishihime Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, I wish I dropped out the moment I found out something was wrong. I didn't want to leave empty handed but it's better than going the whole way through. 
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Xale1990 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
I hear ya bro. I also just wanted to have my name on the credits of movies and they made me believe that could happen. They structure the classes like its so easy then when it comes time to graduate they will fail you to keep getting money from you until its inconvenient and give you a free pass and you still won't get a job.
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angelpink7 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm posting here, cause I just happened across this.

I was called up by the art institue o f pittsburg. I graduated with a GPA of 1.0 (I'm not stupid. I just had a horrible childhood in and out of foster care, and being moved around. I even did a G.E.D. program at one point, which was a work program. Until moving from Florida to Ohio once I turned 18 and actually went back and finished high school) Regardless, no actual art institute would take me,  until Ai called me. I haven't had a job for a year, and was housebound (we have one car and my boyfriend works from 2pm to 2am) I also suffer from a suffer paranoia when I leave the house alone, making it hard to go anywhere without my bf.
Regardless, AI Called me, and when I explained everything, no job, no real outside world access, the only income I made was through my art and odds and ends that I sell online. Which hardly brings in 50 dollars a month. They told me not to worry, they were more then certain that financial aid could cover almost all my cost, at most I would only have to pay a few hundred to get my my degree. Three days on the phone with them, going through things, setting up finacial aid and they gave me the good news. "Finacial Aid" sems to pay for everything". A d@mn dream come true. So Obviously, I didn't think to ask "How much  do classes cost?" After all, I'm not paying for it. So who cares?

Until two weeks later I get the bill for this first quarter 12 weeks of classes online. Tthousand dollars. And get this. Financial aid? Eh. Gov will cover a thousand. The rest they signed me up for student loans. And I' have the opinion of dropping out that very second and paying it ALL or wait until the end of the quarter and the governments financial aid will cover that 1000 at least.

i dropped out after the quarter of course, after learning stuff I ALREADY knew from my previous college classes at a community college that cost me 300 dollars a class. No where near this 7 thousand their asking. And I went to an actual campus where the school supplied us with our things.

Still don't have a job, no money to my name. (I am currently actually going through a trial where a family member of mine is being charged with stealing 2.5 thousand dollars of my money I had been saving up t pay for my to buy myself my own place) (The officer who is actually standing for me in trial (My paranoia does not allow me to do well in crowds, or under pressure, or when all eyes are on me, say testifying. This is one reason I dropped out of community college) kindly told me "You are the kind of person people will always turn to for a scam. You are the kind of woman who will get cornered by criminals when your alone. You're that type of person." He was...in all honesty trying to give me a "You should watch yourself" advice, but it apparently still rings clear as I willingly run into a college that I should have been skeptical from the get go) I have medical bills and other non school debts that need to be paid.

Like I said, I am not a stupid person when it comes to intelligence, street smarts, not so much I agree, but I went into these classes and I wanted to cry at my classmates. I had some of the most stupidest people I had ever met in my classes. One man thought a picture showed "Idealism" because of the pole between the females legs (It was a picture of a amazon woman manniquin). I mean we were learning stuff I LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL. I should have known right off the bat, not only do to my GPA, but because they didn't ask for a portfolio or even a measley example of my work before they enrolled me. And believe me if any of the students I was with were to go by, I know exactly why college ask for these now. There were students who couldn't understand that making a "3 dimensional shape" consisted of actually doing more then putting a circle on a paper and then using a gradient tool on it.
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