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Art Institute’s Parent Company, EDMC, Sued by Government

EDMC, which is the parent company of The Art Ainstitutes, is being being sued due to an investigation that began in 2008 of their unlawful recruiting practices. Here’s what The Huffington Post is reporting:

“The U.S. Justice Department and four states sued the nation’s second-largest for-profit college corporation on Monday, alleging in a wide-ranging complaint that Education Management Corp. violated federal laws by giving bonuses and raises to college recruiters based entirely on the number of students they enrolled.”

If you have seen any of the 100+ comments on the article about the Pros and Cons of The Art Institute Online, then this probably comes as no surprise.

Numerous students have commented about the “predatory” tactics of recruiters from The Art Institute that have coerced them into getting financial aid and signed up for classes quickly. This investigation reveals why that was the case.

If The Art Institutes do successfully get sued by the government, does that mean that the government and lawyers will benefit from it financially and not the students who were the ones directly affected? How do you feel about all of this?

Click here to view the full article on the Huffington Post website

Pros and Cons of The Art Institute Online

I often get asked if I enjoyed attending school online or if I would still do it if I had to do it all over again. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Interactive Media Design from the Art Institute Online, which is actually the “online division” of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. As I finished my degree in 2006, I decided to ask fellow students for some pros & cons of attending The Art Institute Online (AIO). Let me start by saying that this website is not sponsored nor endorsed by The Art Institutes so everything you read here are honest opinions and will not be sugarcoated. Students just tell it like it is on this site. So here is a list of their most popular responses in no particular order (keep in mind this is a collection of actual comments from students as described in August 2006):


  • Flexible Schedule – Do assignments and read lectures, books, websites, etc whenever and wherever you want
  • Learn Anywhere – Wherever there is an internet connection, you can be in class.
  • Few “tests” – Most grades are based on projects that help show individual talent and understanding rather than simple memorization.
  • Convenience & Flexibility – It’s good for those that prefer to work independently, but it does require a bit of discipline.
  • Convenience – Don’t have to worry about weather issues (like snow).
  • Anonymity – Because this is somewhat anonymous, people may participate more than they probably would in a traditional classroom setting where they would shy away from discussions.
  • Dealing with professionals in my line of work – Most everyone is already in the creative field in one way or another, so we can relate.

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Plan and Track Assignments in Classes

Most students at The Art Institute Online have hectic lives outside of class, which makes it difficult to keep track of all of the assignments, due dates, and whether or not they have even been done! If you suffer from icantkeeptrackofmyassignmentsphobia then this little application may be just what you need. Logan Rockmore has developed Assignment Planner, which lets you…well…track assignments. His site says:

Assignment Planner is an application which allows you to keep track of homework assignments for a number of different courses. It includes features that allow you to display only those assignments that are yet to be completed, add information to all your assignments, courses and textbooks for reference, filter assignments by their type, color code assignments by a number of different criteria, and much more. you can also export your assignments to a text file or to iCal, to easily view your assignments from your iPod.

Assignment Planner

Swing on over to and check out a nice way to keep track of your assignments in classes.

Free Study Guides for World Literature

World Literature is a required course at The Art Institute Online, so you will more than likely need this information at some point. SparkNotes is a huge resource of literary works and study guides for practically every major book, play, article, essay, etc ever written. The best part is that it is free! I used it when i took World Literature and it helped me out every single week by analysing stories, picking out quotes, summarizing plots, etc. Each week has different stories to read and the majority of them are listed on SparkNotes with tons of information and quotes about the works. Below you will find links to every required reading in World Literature that is available on SparkNotes. Enjoy!

Week 1

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Week 3

Week 4

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Week 6

Don’t limit yourself to World Literature as SparkNotes can be used for any class or assignment that requires reading a popular literary work. SparkNotes is a lifesaver for those assignment that you just don’t want to read have time to read completely!

Tips For New Students of The Art Institute Online

Danielle Bergum posted a great article about tips for students in the forum that I felt should be on the front page for everyone to see:

Hello all, my name is Danielle Bergum and I am a senior Interior Design student here at The Art Institute Online. I am the secretary of the Student Government Association, an Interior Design & AutoCAD tutor, and a student member of ASID.
With my experience at The Art Institute Online, I wanted to pass along some knowledge that may help each and every one of you on your education journey!

  • 1. Employee and Student? Many of you, I am sure, are not only half or full-time students, but also have kids, and a career or job as well. One of the biggest mistakes is thinking that The Art Institute Online is unlike an onground school in that they will work around your life! This is NOT TRUE! Distance learning is excellent! AiO gives students a huge amount of privacy and freedom, but they are still a higher education institute and must maintain professionalism to allow their courses to be accredited. With that said, don’t take more courses than you can handle. If you have a busy life – you still need to understand that your assignments are due on the due date, and you should plan your schedule accordingly! Microsoft Office is an excellent program to schedule your daily agenda and keep on track!

    Trust me, I know from experience that school and work can be stressful and take up the majority of your time. I work 40+ hrs a week, I take 17hrs per quarter at The Art Institute Online, I am a tutor, I am a member of 2 school organizations which meet every 2 weeks for 1-2 hour meetings, I teach 3 online classes, and I still have time (very little) to spend with my husband, friends, and family. I have also been lucky enough to maintain a 4.0 cumulative GPA thus far. I am a very organized person, and I know what my priorities are. Don’t take distance learning for granted!

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Welcome to the New Art Institute Online Student Community

The Art Institute Online Student Community LogoWelcome to the completely redesigned Art Institute Online Student Community. This is a student community that is not affiliated with The Art Institute Online, but has been developed for the students by the students as each and every article that is posted will be created completely by a student of The Art Institute Online. There are categories of articles that fit practically any field of study and lifestyle, so take a look around as you are sure to find tons of useful information within this site. Some of the highlights are:
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Great Collection of Student Portfolios

Core77 has put together a great way to scan through portfolios of students of various art schools. As you can imagine, The Art Institutes International is well represented as you can see in this tag cloud below with the second most portfolios of any school:

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