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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division Reviews

  • 95 Reviews
  • Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,040
14% of 95 students said this degree improved their career prospects
18% of 95 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

John Williams
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2020
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"I started at AIPOD in 2011 after getting my loans out of default from The Art Institute of Atlanta where I started in the 90’s studying Visual Communication. I graduated with honors receiving an Associate of Science in Graphic Design degree in 2013. I had a wonderful experience with this school. The online environment was definitely challenging while working full time. Instructors were always helpful! The debt was another story, but as the school is now closed loan forgiveness is looking promising. Live your best life, and create tomorrow."
Tammi Hill
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2019
  • Degree: Film Production
  • Graduation Year: 2024
"I started at the art institute online division in 2011 I had to with draw after passing two or three class. I still have student loans do to some health issues. I had to have and an emergency gastric bypass. I laid on my couch trying not to move until I could take it any more. Everyone was help in the whole process. I have been trying to teach my self with book suck as digital photography for dummies. I would love to rejoin school soon. Thanks Art institute of Pittsburgh! I wish to finish what I started never quit anything before. Tammi Hill"
Brittany H.
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2019
  • Degree: Web Design
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"The Art Institutes is a legit scam. I attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Red flag #1 was when I was signing up for financial aid, the financial counselor was pushing for my mom to sign a parent plus loan. He kept pushing for my mom to sign regardless of her income being very limited and would be impossible for her to pay back. He lied and told her that I wouldn’t be able to start school unless she signed up for that specific loan. Red flag #2 was when they signed me up for a lot of classes that had absolutely nothing to do with my major. Red flag #3 was when they charged me for electronic textbooks and other items that I never received or had access to. The only item that I had was the Adobe software. Red flag #4 was that I didn’t receive a physical copy of my associates degree after I graduated. Time had passed between me finishing my associates and starting to pursue my bachelors when I never received anything. Red flag #5 was when I was pursuing my bachelors degree, and I supposedly was running out of financial aid. The financial counselor kept hounding me to sign a title loan or a personal loan. I kept telling them that we didn’t have a car or job. My mom received SSI and we were very close to being homeless. It was impossible to sign for those type of loans. When I finally ran out of money, they took it on themselves to push me through to graduate while keeping my two degrees hostage by claiming that I owed them over $5,000. I never agreed to personally owe them that. I never signed anything from them agreeing to personally owe them anything since I supposedly ran out of money. 3 years later, the school is closed down and I still haven’t seen any degree."
  • Reviewed: 7/10/2019
  • Degree: Interior Design
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I was not able to graduate because I was admitted into emergency surgery during one class and when I hot out and showed documentation they kept giving me the run around and would not let me back in stating I owed them money! Not true I had financial aid."
Armenda Compton
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2019
  • Degree: Architecture
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Being a recent graduate for a diploma in Residential planning was misleading when I wanted to go into the Interior Design program but the program is too expensive.I was told my pell grant would pay for residential planning program and would not come out of pocket-misleading."
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2019
  • Degree: Web Design
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I was suck into attending the Ai school by the finance department, under the impression that my Pell grants would take care of my entire tuition. About two years into my study, I get an email implicating that, "In order for you too continue your education you need to sign up for a personal loan." At that time I felt duke, because the Ai told me a lie, I was told my Pell grant would cover my tuition, tell me why am I under god green earth signing up for a loan? After graduating I presented my portfolio to the career department, and all I got from those people was the run around, I was willing because at that time I was excited to know I would be getting the job I desire, only to get disappointed. Had I known this unethical of a school was full of disaster, I would had ran long time ago. Please save yourself the time!!"
not happy
  • Reviewed: 10/31/2018
  • Degree: Marketing
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I am not happy with this school! The professors are horrible and have a huge ego. From what I've experienced, they don't care about out of the box ideas, it's either their way or no other way. I haven't learned anything from this school, I'm having to learn the Adobe products in outside websites. Their critique is posted a few hours before the next assignment is due, giving you minimal time to do the one due that night. There's nothing related to your career of choice. I only transferred here because the campus I was going to attend was shut down. I initially had a free ride for this school, and now I owe 5k because they're taking off grants and scholarships I worked for. I do not recommend this school to anyone who wants to further their education."
  • Reviewed: 7/16/2018
  • Degree: Hospitality Management
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"This school is terrible. They do lie. Instructors do not get back to you. The online courses are poorly laid out and difficult to navigate. I was behind in classes, failing and without assistance. The entire school needs to be investigated. I owe money to the VA for my GI bill now because the school dropped me from classes that I begged them not to enroll me in. I asked for help on numerous occasions. I asked to transfer me to other classes in the two week grace period, which they stated they could not do, and then dropped me when I could not keep up. TERRIBLE."
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2018
  • Degree: Photography
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I am currently enrolled. I NEED OUT !!! SOMEONE... ANYONE.... HEEELLPP!! This school is a joke. I need to find one that is actually worth going into debt with! Iv been lied to, passed around, ignored, and swindled. Apparently, i owe over 500 dollars for a kit that was included in the same time frame on my initial financial plan."
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2018
  • Degree: Art & Design
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I wish I read the reviews prior to transferring. I had transferred from a ground campus down the street from me which I realized while I was at this online school that I took it for granted. The instructors are poor and help you with absolutely nothing. The course material is poor and it is pretty pathetic how they call those short descriptions a "lesson". I was there for media arts and animation and for my drawing classes I took, I will not say I didn't pick up a thing or two from the courses, but for the life drawing and gesture course I am glad I had did a in depth study of human anatomy prior to attending this college because the material they provided to teach was pretty sorry and pathetic. I would highly suggest anyone avoid this place. From what I know there was no money scam ordeal for me as I seen others had those issues. I was only there for two 5.5 week courses. I had just withdrawn. I have to get in contact with my money provider to see where I stand, I hope everything is as it should be. I really despised everything about this place. The instructors were poor at their "job" and all the women sided with each other and made excuses for each others inadequate behaviors. There were no men employees, not many and if there were then they were submissive to the women employees. That's what I gathered as they were "assistance" of women and I never been sexist before, but this was horrible as no one was doing their jobs correctly. In retrospect it all seemed like a childish game system they were operating. It seemed rather fake."