The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (73)
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.
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.