The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (79)
This school is not really much of a school at all. Gen ed classes are all in a cookie-cutter format that is inefficient and just not really helpful at all. It felt like taking the same class over and over. The actual art classes usually came with little to no guidance. I did well in these just based off my prior experience and talent, so it took me awhile to realize that nothing at all was actually being taught, save for a few instructors that actually cared enough. The format is basically to have the students try the assignments, get critiqued on how to change it, rinse and repeat. No instruction on how to actually do it to begin with. Which is the entire point of going to school in the first place. Now I've got $60,000 in debt to pay off, and no job in the field, because their "career services" when you're about to graduate is a forwarded list of jobs from indeed.com, which is just pathetic.
Okay the school isn't that bad. It really for people who are very independent and don't really need much guidance or so much on hands instructions. I got dropped fast by the way because I had a baby and now I am back which they told me I had to pay 600$ out of pocket but I told them I couldn't and they gave me a scholarship : ) so I decided to continue, to finish what I started. I looked at it like I'll still have to pay so might as well finish it and I am a fast worker I am dong week 2 work still in week 1 . Online school is really for people that could motivate themselves and keep up with their schooling. People say your teaching yourself but college is the same way but with a little more oversight. Theirs nobody telling you to study, theirs nobody telling you to do your homework you have to take it and want it and do it. I don't really like that the teacher are only online for a certain amount of time but they do give them their personal email. So I don't rate it that bad but it is expensive .. and for future students or anyone looking to attend it's really all on you what you can handle and your pace of work !
It's all about the money. You get an academic advisor, but they work for AI (not you). You get a financial advisor, but they work for AI (not you). If you're considering enrolling ask them "How much is this going to cost?" I was told $60,000 when I enrolled, but it's closer to $100K. Mine ended up around $90K, but if you Google other reviews there are a LOT of AI grads that paid over $100K and AI does not find you a job! If you go to their job page (I just did), most of the jobs have (0) availability. One had (10) so I clicked on it and it went to a page that said "no items matched your search". Here's the trick! A regular university requires 120 units to graduate with a Bachelor's. Check your degree program. You have to do it yourself. They don't total it and they'll avoid answering, but do the math yourself. Your program probably requires 140 units at Art Institute. At $500 per unit $70,000 minimum. You will run out of student loan money if you pursue a Bachelor Degree with these guys. If you want to finish the program you gotta pull money out of your pocket. In my case it was nearly $30K P-L-U-S the $59,000 in student loans. There are Community Colleges and Tech Colleges that will do a better job for a lot less money, and you'll meet people from the area and network. If you're already enrolled, consider finishing your AA and just transfer. If you're thinking of enrolling ask these questions: How much will this cost? How many units in this program? How much per unit? The other trick about AI is that the answers are on the web page, but they're hidden. You click on "How Much Will This Cost" and it sends you through a maze of personal questions which will set their sales staff on you.
This "school" and its professors are an absolute joke. It was great in the beginning because the recruiter PAID for my entrance fee because I was on hard times and really wanted to further my education. After that it was nonstop accusation about me "not drawing anything myself from my portfolio." I left after one of my professors failed me because I couldn't do geometric shapes and perspective very well and she claimed none of the art I submitted to get in was my own. It's been 4 years since then (I didn't graduate, by the way.) and I will never consider going back to this or any art college. I've learned art teachers are the absolute worst. They aren't in it to further your artistic prowess. They only want to tear you down and take your money. I'm in 10k and I didn't even finish a semester. Awful place. Do not recommend.
Horrible school. I called this place multiple times and each time no one was there to help with settling my student loans. I left messages multiple times with my name and number but no one returned my calls of course . I was supposed to talk to someone named Amanda and nothing. No calls no messages or anything. Definitely would not recommend this school to anyone.
Don't do it!!! I can't emphasize enough what a over priced, total waste of time this was for my daughter. Please go to a local college or program where you will have access to instructors, counslors and other students first hand instead of trying to communicate with these people and basically trying to research and learn things on your own which is what happens here. Not to mention the cost and poor financial aid options.
Started classes mid 2007 but dropped out mid 2009 with OVER 60 credit hours completed and a 3.5+ GPA. I was almost done but they wanted me to take out another personal loan. I could not. No degree and I still owe more on all those loans than the mortgage on my house. The classes were hit and miss, while some had excellent teachers and I learned a lot. One class I took the professor never showed up, I still did the course work and it eventually was graded. With that class and a few others the learning was more on me not the school. I agree with other people with todays online resources you could learn a lot for little or free, there was not as much 10 years ago. Or you can do what I did and go to community college. I eventually ended up with a simple AAS medical administrative degree for almost no debt. With that degree I went for something practical in hopes of a decent job.
I had a great time with the online classes at AIP Online, the instructors are very well educated and I graduate this year with my bachelors degree in computer science. I am in a older student (54) that only took part time classes,just so I could work my day job. Its a wonderful school and I learned some great information from there. Glad I went and proud of my accomplishment. One of the best things I ever did. I'm sure school is expensive but you get what you work for.I loved it all and took my time, close to 8 years to finish and I never failed a class.I had time to do most anything I wanted and still pass, but if you want to learn what you need to succeed in the art profession its best to spend quality time on your assignments. AIP Online staff are super nice people that do their part to make it happen for you, as long as you do your part and keep at it, you can be great from a degree at AIP Online.
I went to this school because I wanted the best education for my degree. This school isn't it. They allow you mostly open book tests and don't care if you graduate. They boast placement and never once tried to place me. I even emailed and asked and nobody helped at all. It's a very expensive school for very little education and support.
I absolutely regret spending so much time and money here. It's not that great in quality as far as the work that's assigned and what's expected for I can learn most of this online by having a subscription to Lynda.com. I mean, my high school art assignments were much more difficult than the ones at this school. Many of the instructors aren't great either. Their assignment instructions were often vague, causing me to lose points because they weren't clear. It's also quite wishy-washy what they expect in an assignment, and can they ding you on just about any nonsense you "forgot" to include in the assignment, yet the instructions don't call for said nonsense. I hope this makes sense. Just save your money. Don't go to school for graphic design or the like because most of it can be self-taught.