The Art Institute of Seattle

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  • 2323 Elliott Avenue

    Seattle, WA 98121

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I would no longer recommend this school! It has lost many quality instructors due to layoffs and corporate greed.

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I would no longer recommend this school! It has lost many quality instructors due to layoffs and corporate greed.

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First off I just want to say that I am only 3 quarters away from graduating with my BS in Web Design & Interactive Media. I can only speak for my program, but I know that the very first few quarters were with everyone as they were "foundational classes". I've read all of the negative reviews and I'm guessing they're all from 1st year, if not 1st quarter, students who couldn't push through it. We see these kind of people ALL THE TIME. People come and go, and leave frustrated with the school. I can see where they can get the frustration but I can also see how most of them lack in their academics.

So the given when applying to a new school is to ALWAYS read the reviews, do some research and look at what people are suggesting you not do. I did this and saw that student housing was a nightmare, so I opted out of that and got a 2bdr apt with a roommate for $700/month (which is better than $1,000 at student housing, that's usually a studio with 2 more people). I also read that most of the 1st year classes were the worst, foundational classes on color, perspective, design, etc. and I understand how some people don't understand them but it is mandatory unless you've transfered from a CC. The 1st year was also the only year where I had to buy book, in the last few classes I've had everything has been online. Yes, the school rips people off with their own pricing in the student bookstore or cafe, so don't shop/eat there. Bring a sandwich & chips and you'll save yourself a lot of money.

Now, here's the good part. I've seen so many students who've dropped out and their reasons were similar to other reviews like "the school rips people off" or "it's all about the money" etc. and as I've seen their work in class, I've never really seen them try hard. When you see someone doing half-ass work, you think "yea, he's not going to last long". It's given that you're going to have try hard, and try harder, and even harder. This school isn't going to make you a superstar and transform you into the best designer in the world. All that is up to you, like other people have said, you make the best of it. I've spent 2x more time on projects than some students, and now those students aren't around because they felt like "design wasn't their thing" when they were just immature students who couldn't take criticism and learn and grow.

I will say that if you're a parent and your child wants to go here, make sure that what they're majoring in IS what they want to do, that they are passionate, excited, and can't seem to ever let go of that dream. There are too many students who are here just because their parents told them to go to college, and they always end up dropping out by end of the 1st year. I would encourage people to get their AA at a Community College and transfer over as you will be taking the same General Ed classes for 5x the price (avg class costs $1,500). That's something that I regretted doing, but you learn from your mistakes. And yes, the school is expensive because it offers programs/degrees where most schools aren't able to provide.

If you're interested in the Web/Graphic Design industry then I suggest you come here, but all of the BS aside and work hard. That's the real world, no one is going to spoon feed you, you have to make choices yourself and work your ass off. Once you pass the 1st 1/2 year here you start getting into the fun classes like Motion Graphics, Informational Design, Mobile Design, Dynamic Site Design, etc. There are a few teachers that are "eh" but there's a ton of great one's as well.

Sorry if my post seems angry/frustrated, I've just seen so many students drop out and blame it on the school when it was just on them. Let me know if you want more information.

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★★★★☆

First off I just want to say that I am only 3 quarters away from graduating with my BS in Web Design & Interactive Media. I can only speak for my program, but I know that the very first few quarters were with everyone as they were "foundational classes". I've read all of the negative reviews and I'm guessing they're all from 1st year, if not 1st quarter, students who couldn't push through it. We see these kind of people ALL THE TIME. People come and go, and leave frustrated with the school. I can see where they can get the frustration but I can also see how most of them lack in their academics.

So the given when applying to a new school is to ALWAYS read the reviews, do some research and look at what people are suggesting you not do. I did this and saw that student housing was a nightmare, so I opted out of that and got a 2bdr apt with a roommate for $700/month (which is better than $1,000 at student housing, that's usually a studio with 2 more people). I also read that most of the 1st year classes were the worst, foundational classes on color, perspective, design, etc. and I understand how some people don't understand them but it is mandatory unless you've transfered from a CC. The 1st year was also the only year where I had to buy book, in the last few classes I've had everything has been online. Yes, the school rips people off with their own pricing in the student bookstore or cafe, so don't shop/eat there. Bring a sandwich & chips and you'll save yourself a lot of money.

Now, here's the good part. I've seen so many students who've dropped out and their reasons were similar to other reviews like "the school rips people off" or "it's all about the money" etc. and as I've seen their work in class, I've never really seen them try hard. When you see someone doing half-ass work, you think "yea, he's not going to last long". It's given that you're going to have try hard, and try harder, and even harder. This school isn't going to make you a superstar and transform you into the best designer in the world. All that is up to you, like other people have said, you make the best of it. I've spent 2x more time on projects than some students, and now those students aren't around because they felt like "design wasn't their thing" when they were just immature students who couldn't take criticism and learn and grow.

I will say that if you're a parent and your child wants to go here, make sure that what they're majoring in IS what they want to do, that they are passionate, excited, and can't seem to ever let go of that dream. There are too many students who are here just because their parents told them to go to college, and they always end up dropping out by end of the 1st year. I would encourage people to get their AA at a Community College and transfer over as you will be taking the same General Ed classes for 5x the price (avg class costs $1,500). That's something that I regretted doing, but you learn from your mistakes. And yes, the school is expensive because it offers programs/degrees where most schools aren't able to provide.

If you're interested in the Web/Graphic Design industry then I suggest you come here, but all of the BS aside and work hard. That's the real world, no one is going to spoon feed you, you have to make choices yourself and work your ass off. Once you pass the 1st 1/2 year here you start getting into the fun classes like Motion Graphics, Informational Design, Mobile Design, Dynamic Site Design, etc. There are a few teachers that are "eh" but there's a ton of great one's as well.

Sorry if my post seems angry/frustrated, I've just seen so many students drop out and blame it on the school when it was just on them. Let me know if you want more information.

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I'm cutting my losses and going to another tech school. Seattle AI doesn't even have decent student housing for the price and I haven't been to impressed about all the teaching. In my opinion, if you love art and know how to sell yourself stick with the field, you'll do good. No matter where you attend school. I just think they are out to rape your pocket book because they are the "Art Institute." Look around and check the reviews. I was surprised. I hope parents read this before they blow their money. Oh and another thing. I have learned some things(that I could have otherwise learned somewhere else) from what I see they seem to want to capitalize on talent that walked through their doors and not build it. Hey Parents for what this school charges you could probably send your kids to UW and a nearby tech school. Give me some feed back. Do you agree or not?

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I'm cutting my losses and going to another tech school. Seattle AI doesn't even have decent student housing for the price and I haven't been to impressed about all the teaching. In my opinion, if you love art and know how to sell yourself stick with the field, you'll do good. No matter where you attend school. I just think they are out to rape your pocket book because they are the "Art Institute." Look around and check the reviews. I was surprised. I hope parents read this before they blow their money. Oh and another thing. I have learned some things(that I could have otherwise learned somewhere else) from what I see they seem to want to capitalize on talent that walked through their doors and not build it. Hey Parents for what this school charges you could probably send your kids to UW and a nearby tech school. Give me some feed back. Do you agree or not?

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I have previously gone to an AI in southern California and I must say, you get more than what you pay from that campus. AIS, however, has got to be the worst school I have ever been in. As stated in the previous posts before, they are all just money hungry schemers. The readmissios lady basically begged me to not drop out of that school in the beginning. During the process of transferring over, the classes were all mysteriously taken up. I am an animation student and I know myself that there is NO WAY that ALL the classes can be filled up! After I told her I decided to sit this quarter out, she said there were classes again! After ONE day of school, every class was free. Might I add, that I did not get to pick ANY of my three useless classes. \n\nNow onto the teachers. One out of three of my teachers is working in the cartoon/printing industry right now. He is the only one I respect and the only one prepping us for the industry. The other teachers I have, have self taught themselves and have NO degree in anything! They have not worked in the industry and the 2-D animation lady is a happy go-lucky woman that only talks about Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' dance. \n\nThe student cafe is outrageously pricey! I paid $2.60 for a small soup and they put it in a small paper cup. Come on now, seriously!? A slice of pizza is $4.75!!!\n\nIt has only been three months since I've been in this crappy school and now I owe $8,500 for one month alone for the most useless classes ever. Three classes don't even equal up to that amount per quarter, let alone ONE month! DO NOT go here unless you want to graduate and become a true 'broke artist' and thousands of dollars in debt. If you are going to pay 1k++ to learn from people who self taught themselves and become beyond poor, then be my guest. I dreadfully regret ever leaving California. I suggest going to the Cali campuses where real industry \nprofessionals teach.\n

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★☆☆☆☆

I have previously gone to an AI in southern California and I must say, you get more than what you pay from that campus. AIS, however, has got to be the worst school I have ever been in. As stated in the previous posts before, they are all just money hungry schemers. The readmissios lady basically begged me to not drop out of that school in the beginning. During the process of transferring over, the classes were all mysteriously taken up. I am an animation student and I know myself that there is NO WAY that ALL the classes can be filled up! After I told her I decided to sit this quarter out, she said there were classes again! After ONE day of school, every class was free. Might I add, that I did not get to pick ANY of my three useless classes. \n\nNow onto the teachers. One out of three of my teachers is working in the cartoon/printing industry right now. He is the only one I respect and the only one prepping us for the industry. The other teachers I have, have self taught themselves and have NO degree in anything! They have not worked in the industry and the 2-D animation lady is a happy go-lucky woman that only talks about Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' dance. \n\nThe student cafe is outrageously pricey! I paid $2.60 for a small soup and they put it in a small paper cup. Come on now, seriously!? A slice of pizza is $4.75!!!\n\nIt has only been three months since I've been in this crappy school and now I owe $8,500 for one month alone for the most useless classes ever. Three classes don't even equal up to that amount per quarter, let alone ONE month! DO NOT go here unless you want to graduate and become a true 'broke artist' and thousands of dollars in debt. If you are going to pay 1k++ to learn from people who self taught themselves and become beyond poor, then be my guest. I dreadfully regret ever leaving California. I suggest going to the Cali campuses where real industry \nprofessionals teach.\n

Pros: Beautiful view of waterfront, advanced equipment.

Cons: Snobby self taught teachers who just don't care.

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Well whoever posted the last review is totally overreacting about the situation downtown. I've been to a lot of big cities, and the area that the school and the student housing is in is not that bad. The bums and yes even the drug addicts and hookers are harmless. They are going to be in every big city. I??m a pretty tiny girl, and walked passed them every night, and had no feeling of a need of any protection. I'd walk home by myself at 1 in the morning and feel perfectly safe. If you're coming from a small town in the middle of nowhere, yes, I'm sure it's a bit intimidating, but you'll get over it. White Center (South Seattle) and First Hill as well as parts of 99 are areas to be scared of here, and that's nowhere near the school.

I will say this school is full of a lot of crap. Those people who are going to be giving you tours don't have any idea what the heck they are talking about. Please, whatever you do, don't listen to anything they say. Ask the students, ask the teachers, those are the only people you can trust.

Don't buy the "kit". It's worthless. I was in the Photography program as well as the Interior Design program and the crap they give you is worthless. Save your money. Put it toward some real equipment instead of the cheap stuff they fill the kits with. It's not good enough material to use in class most of the time anyway.

As far as my housing experience goes, they don't tell you this (they try to make you think that the only kind of help you can get with housing is to go through their student housing), but get some extra money out of your loan every quarter (from Sallie Mae or whomever) if you can't afford housing on your own or don't want to work. This will save you SO MUCH MONEY! I'm talking thousands of dollars. From what I have heard, student housing is a nightmare. Overcrowded, overpriced...I mean, if you want to share a room with 1-3 other girls plus share 1 bathroom between about 6 of you, be my guest. Otherwise, find your own apartment (you can find a studio from $600-$900 at the least in the downtown area, or rent a room out of a house or share an apartment (usually $400-$600), so you can at least have your own room, and you'll still be spending half of what you would with student housing.) Ballard, Magnolia, Queen Anne, and West Seattle are good areas.

Also, if you have a car, get rid of it. Buy a moped or scooter and take the bus. It will save you a lot of money in the end, and there is a free parking area for mopeds and motorcycles on campus. You will have to pay for parking everywhere otherwise, including where you live and at the school, not to mention all the parking tickets you will incur no matter how careful you are, it will happen.

I will agree with the last post that the security guards have gone past annoying and hit plain obnoxious. Not all of them are bad, but seriously, if they see me everyday, and I'm carrying/returning AIS school equipment, you think they'd figure your still a student, just like you were yesterday, or an hour ago, but they make you show your ID every time. They're pointless anyway, you flash your ID from 15ft away, and they say "ok". I could be carrying my boyfriends ID and they wouldn't even notice, Yet, when you don't have it at all, you have to fill out a freaking paper with your name and time, student ID #, etc, etc, I don't see why they're there.

The ONLY reason I'm giving this school more than 1 star is because of the teachers. As far as the photography department goes, what an amazing group of teachers! These people CARE about their students. Take all you can from them and give them all of your respect because they're the only one's who deserve it. I saw this school go through a lot of changes in my time there, and have seen the school force quit teachers who should have never been let go and cut classes they should have never cut. The list goes on, but the teachers will always be amazing. Lets hope the school doesn't mess that one up too. That's one of the only reasons I stayed there. Learn all you can from these people, they are SMART, and you need to ask questions and take advantage of the small classrooms and awesome teachers that are available.

So, in the end, I ask myself, if I know what I know now, would I do it all over again? That's a big "hell no". In the end, I owe $20,000 on my student loan, and $40,000 on my parent plus loan. Yup a total of about $60,000 and that??s after paying every month at AIS! If you want a good photography school, go to Seattle Central Community College on Capitol Hill. It's got a long waiting list, but it's worth it! You'll save more money, and be in a better school. I've only heard good things about it! Good luck on your adventure of life! Seattle totally rocks! Don't take the bad review on this school as a bad review for this city. If you are into the arts at all, this is the city for you! I hope my ridiculously long review has helped you make a more informed decision!

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★★☆☆☆

Well whoever posted the last review is totally overreacting about the situation downtown. I've been to a lot of big cities, and the area that the school and the student housing is in is not that bad. The bums and yes even the drug addicts and hookers are harmless. They are going to be in every big city. I??m a pretty tiny girl, and walked passed them every night, and had no feeling of a need of any protection. I'd walk home by myself at 1 in the morning and feel perfectly safe. If you're coming from a small town in the middle of nowhere, yes, I'm sure it's a bit intimidating, but you'll get over it. White Center (South Seattle) and First Hill as well as parts of 99 are areas to be scared of here, and that's nowhere near the school.

I will say this school is full of a lot of crap. Those people who are going to be giving you tours don't have any idea what the heck they are talking about. Please, whatever you do, don't listen to anything they say. Ask the students, ask the teachers, those are the only people you can trust.

Don't buy the "kit". It's worthless. I was in the Photography program as well as the Interior Design program and the crap they give you is worthless. Save your money. Put it toward some real equipment instead of the cheap stuff they fill the kits with. It's not good enough material to use in class most of the time anyway.

As far as my housing experience goes, they don't tell you this (they try to make you think that the only kind of help you can get with housing is to go through their student housing), but get some extra money out of your loan every quarter (from Sallie Mae or whomever) if you can't afford housing on your own or don't want to work. This will save you SO MUCH MONEY! I'm talking thousands of dollars. From what I have heard, student housing is a nightmare. Overcrowded, overpriced...I mean, if you want to share a room with 1-3 other girls plus share 1 bathroom between about 6 of you, be my guest. Otherwise, find your own apartment (you can find a studio from $600-$900 at the least in the downtown area, or rent a room out of a house or share an apartment (usually $400-$600), so you can at least have your own room, and you'll still be spending half of what you would with student housing.) Ballard, Magnolia, Queen Anne, and West Seattle are good areas.

Also, if you have a car, get rid of it. Buy a moped or scooter and take the bus. It will save you a lot of money in the end, and there is a free parking area for mopeds and motorcycles on campus. You will have to pay for parking everywhere otherwise, including where you live and at the school, not to mention all the parking tickets you will incur no matter how careful you are, it will happen.

I will agree with the last post that the security guards have gone past annoying and hit plain obnoxious. Not all of them are bad, but seriously, if they see me everyday, and I'm carrying/returning AIS school equipment, you think they'd figure your still a student, just like you were yesterday, or an hour ago, but they make you show your ID every time. They're pointless anyway, you flash your ID from 15ft away, and they say "ok". I could be carrying my boyfriends ID and they wouldn't even notice, Yet, when you don't have it at all, you have to fill out a freaking paper with your name and time, student ID #, etc, etc, I don't see why they're there.

The ONLY reason I'm giving this school more than 1 star is because of the teachers. As far as the photography department goes, what an amazing group of teachers! These people CARE about their students. Take all you can from them and give them all of your respect because they're the only one's who deserve it. I saw this school go through a lot of changes in my time there, and have seen the school force quit teachers who should have never been let go and cut classes they should have never cut. The list goes on, but the teachers will always be amazing. Lets hope the school doesn't mess that one up too. That's one of the only reasons I stayed there. Learn all you can from these people, they are SMART, and you need to ask questions and take advantage of the small classrooms and awesome teachers that are available.

So, in the end, I ask myself, if I know what I know now, would I do it all over again? That's a big "hell no". In the end, I owe $20,000 on my student loan, and $40,000 on my parent plus loan. Yup a total of about $60,000 and that??s after paying every month at AIS! If you want a good photography school, go to Seattle Central Community College on Capitol Hill. It's got a long waiting list, but it's worth it! You'll save more money, and be in a better school. I've only heard good things about it! Good luck on your adventure of life! Seattle totally rocks! Don't take the bad review on this school as a bad review for this city. If you are into the arts at all, this is the city for you! I hope my ridiculously long review has helped you make a more informed decision!

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There are many different areas of this school that I could discuss, but I think I'll concentrate on the housing.
I attended AIS for two years, working towards my BA in interior design. At first I was excited, but soon found that there are many things which they dont tell you about the school.
First off, the location of the student housing, though convenient is set in a high crime area. During the time I spent living in the Lenora(the better of the two choices) I witnessed around 50 stabbings, muggings, shootings and fights. Not to mention that a girl living down the hall was strangled, by another resident and survived(thankfully).
The walk down to the school goes under the viaduct and an area known as heroin park. It can be scary, especially if you have evening classes. Also,I will mention that the amount of drug use, especially in the Cornelius is outrageous. What bothered me the most about it was the fact that all of the people working in the housing knew about it and did nothing, I also witnessed RA's confiscating drug paraphernalia and then either keeping it for themselves, or giving it to friends. The entire situation is quite corrupt, and goes pretty far up the ladder. I would not recommend this school. Its too expensive and none of the classes taken there will transfer to any actual college or university.

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There are many different areas of this school that I could discuss, but I think I'll concentrate on the housing.
I attended AIS for two years, working towards my BA in interior design. At first I was excited, but soon found that there are many things which they dont tell you about the school.
First off, the location of the student housing, though convenient is set in a high crime area. During the time I spent living in the Lenora(the better of the two choices) I witnessed around 50 stabbings, muggings, shootings and fights. Not to mention that a girl living down the hall was strangled, by another resident and survived(thankfully).
The walk down to the school goes under the viaduct and an area known as heroin park. It can be scary, especially if you have evening classes. Also,I will mention that the amount of drug use, especially in the Cornelius is outrageous. What bothered me the most about it was the fact that all of the people working in the housing knew about it and did nothing, I also witnessed RA's confiscating drug paraphernalia and then either keeping it for themselves, or giving it to friends. The entire situation is quite corrupt, and goes pretty far up the ladder. I would not recommend this school. Its too expensive and none of the classes taken there will transfer to any actual college or university.

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I'm a second year Graphic Design student here. Like any school the AI has it's fair share of ups and downs. \r\n\r\nFor one, the faculty here is mixed in terms of quality. There are some teachers here (Sigrid Cannon, Dave Daniath, Jim Lee, etc) who are very helpful and attentive, who will go out of their way for you, and then there are some that honestly shouldn't be teaching here. If you know who is who, it's relatively easy to avoid the few bad apples. The quality of the teachers here used to be much better, before the introduction of the BA program which forced many of the more talented back into the industry.\r\n\r\nThe education is here is very technical. You get a mix of layout, type, and drawing classes. It's very much a generalist school, you get what you put into it. The first couple quarters will be very boring to anyone who has any previous experience, or if you came from a community college. This gives many people who drop out during this time the impression that the school is not challenging, this is not true once you get past the first 2-3 quarters. You must be prepared to work your butt off if you want to make it through with good grades in the higher classes. Don't expect to get much sleep if you want to make it through Portfolio 2.\r\n\r\nThe school has an active AIGA student group (The Graphic Design Club) that is one of the most active in the region. They've had Bruce Hale give a workshop, they've had Stefan from Spacecraft give a talk (and give out lots of free swag). They've set up a talk at the Henry with Art Chantry, etc. The quality of the group tends to ebb and flow though depending on the current members.\r\n\r\nThere is also an active student run magazine called FUEL. The magazine is printed at an actual press. If you want some more realistic experience, the magazine is a good place to start.\r\n\r\nIt is expensive. However I've found that the financial aid department here is very helpful and I've had no problem with getting grants.

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I'm a second year Graphic Design student here. Like any school the AI has it's fair share of ups and downs. \r\n\r\nFor one, the faculty here is mixed in terms of quality. There are some teachers here (Sigrid Cannon, Dave Daniath, Jim Lee, etc) who are very helpful and attentive, who will go out of their way for you, and then there are some that honestly shouldn't be teaching here. If you know who is who, it's relatively easy to avoid the few bad apples. The quality of the teachers here used to be much better, before the introduction of the BA program which forced many of the more talented back into the industry.\r\n\r\nThe education is here is very technical. You get a mix of layout, type, and drawing classes. It's very much a generalist school, you get what you put into it. The first couple quarters will be very boring to anyone who has any previous experience, or if you came from a community college. This gives many people who drop out during this time the impression that the school is not challenging, this is not true once you get past the first 2-3 quarters. You must be prepared to work your butt off if you want to make it through with good grades in the higher classes. Don't expect to get much sleep if you want to make it through Portfolio 2.\r\n\r\nThe school has an active AIGA student group (The Graphic Design Club) that is one of the most active in the region. They've had Bruce Hale give a workshop, they've had Stefan from Spacecraft give a talk (and give out lots of free swag). They've set up a talk at the Henry with Art Chantry, etc. The quality of the group tends to ebb and flow though depending on the current members.\r\n\r\nThere is also an active student run magazine called FUEL. The magazine is printed at an actual press. If you want some more realistic experience, the magazine is a good place to start.\r\n\r\nIt is expensive. However I've found that the financial aid department here is very helpful and I've had no problem with getting grants.

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I'm not one to start something and not finish it, so I finished my ""degree"" with AIS. When I began the program, Multimedia and Web Design, had no director and was in transition. Halfway through my attendance they switched curriculum and name on the program so I was stuck behind in all these classes that no one else was taking in my program. I learned the very tiny surface of a ton of different media subjects and not enough to really have any talent in anything. This school is great, if you already went to a Community College somewhere else and learned everything already and want to hone your skills and waste $40 grand on it. I was forced to take BASIC COMPUTERS when I'm the person my friends all go to for computer help and to have one built from scratch! I taught the teacher throughout the class, helped her teach and aided the students who really needed the class, and then proceeded to tutor at the school in the subject! But still had to spend $1k on it. The director was rude to me and many of the classes were a complete waste of money. One of the teachers even went as far as to INSULT us by calling us all idiots on a daily basis and NO ONE did anything. When I approached the vice principal he talked to the teacher and the teacher in turn confronted our class saying he was disappointed we turned him in! He was obviously on something throughout each class being totally pompous when we didnt understand his rantings and ravings about some subject and he'd totally lose track of his progress in the demos that it was impossible to live up to his expectations. Many teachers refused to show me how to do things saying I should already know. None of the teachers have teaching degrees, they are just nobodies from the field they are teaching in hired to try to teach students this. If you want to learn something new, don't bother going here.\r\n\r\nDO NOT go here unless you want to show off your abilities to a bunch of full of themselves teachers and have $40K down the toilet.

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I'm not one to start something and not finish it, so I finished my ""degree"" with AIS. When I began the program, Multimedia and Web Design, had no director and was in transition. Halfway through my attendance they switched curriculum and name on the program so I was stuck behind in all these classes that no one else was taking in my program. I learned the very tiny surface of a ton of different media subjects and not enough to really have any talent in anything. This school is great, if you already went to a Community College somewhere else and learned everything already and want to hone your skills and waste $40 grand on it. I was forced to take BASIC COMPUTERS when I'm the person my friends all go to for computer help and to have one built from scratch! I taught the teacher throughout the class, helped her teach and aided the students who really needed the class, and then proceeded to tutor at the school in the subject! But still had to spend $1k on it. The director was rude to me and many of the classes were a complete waste of money. One of the teachers even went as far as to INSULT us by calling us all idiots on a daily basis and NO ONE did anything. When I approached the vice principal he talked to the teacher and the teacher in turn confronted our class saying he was disappointed we turned him in! He was obviously on something throughout each class being totally pompous when we didnt understand his rantings and ravings about some subject and he'd totally lose track of his progress in the demos that it was impossible to live up to his expectations. Many teachers refused to show me how to do things saying I should already know. None of the teachers have teaching degrees, they are just nobodies from the field they are teaching in hired to try to teach students this. If you want to learn something new, don't bother going here.\r\n\r\nDO NOT go here unless you want to show off your abilities to a bunch of full of themselves teachers and have $40K down the toilet.

Pros: Location is beautiful, friendly recruiters

Cons: Everything?

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Most everyone we've met is very polite, friendly & helpful. The counselor we were assigned has been fantastic and the financial aid department was very knowledgeable and helped us get what we needed to put it all together. So far the teachers seem good!

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Most everyone we've met is very polite, friendly & helpful. The counselor we were assigned has been fantastic and the financial aid department was very knowledgeable and helped us get what we needed to put it all together. So far the teachers seem good!

Pros: Easy on the bus route. The teachers are still working in their fields!

Cons: Downtown Seattle

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What a rip off! I moved up here JUST to go to the AI, and everything I researched on the internet said it was ""the best."" Upon attending one semester, I realised that the staff is just a bunch of talented salespeople. Once they know they have taken your money, you aren't worth the dirt on their expensive shoes. WHAT A RIP OFF!!! Unless you are a very rich trust fund baby, don't even bother. Many of the classes are totally useless, they just make them up to take more of your money. (A photography class where, the ENTIRE semester, all you do is tear out magazine pages? For a thousand dollars? Give me a break!) And the staff is rude, uncaring, snobby and pretentious if you actually ask for any help. Also, FORGET about getting sick! My daughter had pneumonia for two weeks, so I could not attend. When I came back, and asked the teachers what I missed, they said, ""Too bad."" When I, a single mother of two, asked for help finding grants, they gave me a badly photocopied paper which was essentially just a ""google"" search that they did, and all the sites wanted me to ""give them $300 for info on how to get grants."" What a joke. All they care about is money. A few of the teachers are nice, but most everyone there is blatantly rude and uncaring. They have ripped off EVERYONE that I have known who ever went there. Literally. I don't know how they get away with this. (But luckily for them. their marketing is GREAT!) I now owe $3500.00 for schooling I never really got! In short, SAVE YOURSELF THE HEADACHE! (And the money!!!) YOU know whether you have talent or not, so just go to another small college, and gain the knowledge you need. You'll thank me.

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What a rip off! I moved up here JUST to go to the AI, and everything I researched on the internet said it was ""the best."" Upon attending one semester, I realised that the staff is just a bunch of talented salespeople. Once they know they have taken your money, you aren't worth the dirt on their expensive shoes. WHAT A RIP OFF!!! Unless you are a very rich trust fund baby, don't even bother. Many of the classes are totally useless, they just make them up to take more of your money. (A photography class where, the ENTIRE semester, all you do is tear out magazine pages? For a thousand dollars? Give me a break!) And the staff is rude, uncaring, snobby and pretentious if you actually ask for any help. Also, FORGET about getting sick! My daughter had pneumonia for two weeks, so I could not attend. When I came back, and asked the teachers what I missed, they said, ""Too bad."" When I, a single mother of two, asked for help finding grants, they gave me a badly photocopied paper which was essentially just a ""google"" search that they did, and all the sites wanted me to ""give them $300 for info on how to get grants."" What a joke. All they care about is money. A few of the teachers are nice, but most everyone there is blatantly rude and uncaring. They have ripped off EVERYONE that I have known who ever went there. Literally. I don't know how they get away with this. (But luckily for them. their marketing is GREAT!) I now owe $3500.00 for schooling I never really got! In short, SAVE YOURSELF THE HEADACHE! (And the money!!!) YOU know whether you have talent or not, so just go to another small college, and gain the knowledge you need. You'll thank me.

Pros: The ability to say snobbishly, "I graduated from the AAHT Institute" if you can afford to be financially taken advantage of for 2+ years.

Cons: Being financially raped, and putting up with the rude and unhelpful faculty who genuinely enjoys lying to your face. (Think TALENTED timeshare salespeople.)

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Got money but can't get into even a Community Collage?Anyone that thinks this is anything other than a scam better ask themselves why they think this about art or design.RISD takes eight years to complete but AI is going to do it in two

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Got money but can't get into even a Community Collage?Anyone that thinks this is anything other than a scam better ask themselves why they think this about art or design.RISD takes eight years to complete but AI is going to do it in two

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Unless your family doesn't mind blowing $15000 a year, and you have a couple of years to spare, do not go to this school. I wish someone had given me this advice in the beginning. You do not need to go to school to become a photographer.

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Unless your family doesn't mind blowing $15000 a year, and you have a couple of years to spare, do not go to this school. I wish someone had given me this advice in the beginning. You do not need to go to school to become a photographer.

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I just started classes here and it's truly an amazing experience! I love the atmosphere and the fact that the school has an awesome view of Elliott Bay. It's beautiful! If you have ever felt a creative bone in your body, DEFINITELY check

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I just started classes here and it's truly an amazing experience! I love the atmosphere and the fact that the school has an awesome view of Elliott Bay. It's beautiful! If you have ever felt a creative bone in your body, DEFINITELY check

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I went to AIS for 2.5 years (if you take 5 classes a qtr, you can graduate in two years, but you also will be very tired from not sleeping much). I left because at almost every turn I felt like an automaton being trained to produce. I

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I went to AIS for 2.5 years (if you take 5 classes a qtr, you can graduate in two years, but you also will be very tired from not sleeping much). I left because at almost every turn I felt like an automaton being trained to produce. I

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The art institute of Seattle is a great place if you want to do graphic design, culinary, animation, audio production, photography, or video production as a career. It is located almost by the pier in downtown of Seattle. Most of these

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The art institute of Seattle is a great place if you want to do graphic design, culinary, animation, audio production, photography, or video production as a career. It is located almost by the pier in downtown of Seattle. Most of these

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