The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (70)
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.
This school is a TOTAL RIP OFF!!!!!! The cost of tuition is ridiculous and entirely too much for what is provided. You are literally teaching yourself and the cost of a 5.5-week course doesn't make sense. They force you to purchase e-Books every session and they expire after you graduate. The majority of the books have the same information. And 90% of the time the students don't even use them. I really hate that I enrolled here!
The AI online division school is a waste of time. I went in very excited to learn, ended up with instructors that gave ridiculous homework. I had a an instructor who made us draw an apple in different ways for every assignment. This school will literally take anyone in as long as you're willing to pay the vast amount of money or take out loans and ve in debt for the rest of your life. Do some research on other schools, trust me you're better off anywhere else.
I think that the teachers they hired were great, it's just the tuition was way too much for what a student gets out of it. Also the financial services is the worst. They kept forgetting to process my VA certifications. After the first couple times they said they were sorry and it wouldn't happen again, but it did happen and I believe that it is because they were constantly receiving new people in that department and people were quitting or maybe they were fired...either way, the only kind of income I had was through my G.I. Bill and it kept getting delayed. This school doesn't care about military and it showed. I am writing this to let other potential military students to look elsewhere for a degree. It was too stressful and I felt like once I was in the system with the school they stopped caring about helping me. I drove to the school so many times trying to speak to the finance department, but they never answer or their receptionist answers and says they are not available like 100% of the time.
Even though it was online it was like being in the classroom. The teachers held discussions and had visuals. If you had questions, problems, etc they were there to help.
Needed 2 classes to finish but i just couldn't continue with this clown school. You are better off buying the programs for the year and take tutorial classes and you tube videos. You will learn more on your own in a month than 1 year of this 20000 dollar joke. If you are a vet do not use your hard earned benefits for this profit school. Take classes at a community college. 1 or 2 classes will gain you more than this program also. Will be making a complaint with the VA about this program for lack of education.
Go somewhere else. Anywhere else. The admissions people were so excited that I would take classes and that I should start right away. I was impressed by the amount of advisors assigned to me on my first day (admissions, financial, career, etc). The entire two year process after that first day was awful. The link that was sent to me for the Autodesk Student Community didn't work. The classes are set up so that you don't really need/use the professor. Even when you have questions you would be lucky if your professor ever got back to you. After pushing myself and basically teaching myself through youtube and vine videos I realized that for a Certificate - $26,000 is too much for the lack of communication and education that I received. I graduated anyway. My gov't loans and grants ended up only covering about $23k. So I owed the Art Institute $3,000. I was informed that not only would I not receive my transcripts, but I could not receive my Certificate/diploma without a $0 balance. ARE YOU SERIOUS. So I spent two years and way too much money on an education to further my career and now you are telling me that I will have no proof when I enter the job field of my education??? I can only pay $50/month and I still have to pay my student loans back like $350/month.....so what was the point??? LIFE LESSON LEARNED. I should have gone to Animation Mentor or just purchased the software and taught myself online. It would have saved me about twenty grand.
This is possibly the worst school I have ever worked with. They are only out to get your money. They act super wonderful and nice to start with, but you will be set up to fail later on. I am now in my third class at this school, but they locked me out of my course due to a mistake on their end. I have contacted so many people now, and either nobody gets back with me, or nobody has any answers for me. They say my advisor has to do something with it, but then my advisor never replies. They are completely doing it for the money, not to help you. The courses are set up nicely, if you can even get help to get into them.
The classes aren't awful. For an online degree, I felt I've learned a bit actually. The AutoCAD class started at about probably 20-something and only I along with 2 or three others finished. There was a lawyer in the class, who said that she had never taken a class so demanding--- she dropped out too. It was ridiculous. My real gripe though is their finance department. Nothing but a thorn in my side!! They just can't get things right! I'm so frustrated I could scream. After getting a letter in the mail from 'recovery services,' I was only told I'd have to wait for the next letter to come in the mail. This of course, was after I was told I now had to pay for classes in full if I was only going to take a class at a time BEFORE I started class. I paid, started and finished the class, but I owe money? I've had about 6 finance advisors since starting, which to be fair, was a few years ago now, but still... There's only been a few times when I've talked with the same advisor twice. The classes are decent, but the harassing calls from people trying to get you back in class (sometimes even at 9 at night,) and the abysmal quality of the financial staff, I'm not sure if I would choose this school again, knowing what I know now.
OK for one thing I didn't graduate. Even before I started their were signs, but I was to excited to care. The lady helping me had no clue. They told me my high school didn't exist and that I never went to one. After giving the same info again. They found it. After that was a nightmare. Took classes they told me I'd never had to take. After about five classes and starting my sixth one. I was lovely kicked out. For what you may ask. Oh not handing my work and not showing up for classes. Which was a flat out lie. I sighed in every day and made copies of my work. Even was getting good grade. Which I email all of them to the school. Every art work and essay I work on. After this they told me I could come back after a same fee. I told them no and pay off my 5000 loan and never looked back. Now I don't even want to draw. I lost that passion in my life. I have people tell me I can go back and should go to school. If I never did. I never do online again. Or this school.