American Graphics Institute
American Graphics Institute is a design education program offering a variety of workshops and courses in design disciplines like UX and web design. AGI offers accredited certificates in various subjects. AGI has both full and part time programs in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, as well as online.
Recent American Graphics Institute Reviews: Rating 1.0
The UX Certificate program at American Graphics Institute prepares you for user experience design positions as well as user interface design roles working in the fields of app design and web design. The program is equally useful for web developers, business analysts, and product managers overseeing the creation of websites and apps.
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My review refers solely to my experiences with a 100% online UX Design Certificate program. In my opinion, AGI has done a poor job of adapting its classroom learning materials for online courses. Paper-based exercises that might elicit classroom collaboration leave remote individuals working alone, uploading photos of their work, and waiting for the instructor's critique, instead of using modern design software to collaborate onscreen in real time. Meanwhile, the learning materials are outdated (as affirmed by instructors) and contain many typos and faulty logic. For example, an Information Architecture presentation slide used to teach the categorization and tagging of a clothing website's products included items named TOP and TOPS on the same slide. That would be OK if one's intent was to show a bad example of segregating database information, but that was not the case.
Whatever you do, don't point out these inconsistencies to AGI's management; they do not want to hear it. In fact, for two weeks I politely asked that several AGI website links be repaired, and that I be sent the course-description files represented by those links. Frustrated by AGI's inaction, I inevitably stated the following: “It astounds me that a school that teaches UX, marketing, and Web skills puts forth one of the more outdated and incomplete websites that I use. (I am not your only current client who thinks so.)”
For voicing that opinion, I WAS EXPELLED from the school. Please let me repeat that: Instead of recognizing that their materials are poorly written, and their weblinks broken, AGI responded with the following statement: "... it appears that we are not able to meet your expectations. As such, it appears that it is best for us to refund any monies spent on your training thus far so that they can be used in way that meets your expectations." Let us recall that my "expectations" were well-written classroom materials, working website links, and professional and timely responses to my requests for information. And, months later, one of the weblinks in question remains broken while the other two lead students to meaningless summary phrases rather than meaningful course outlines.