The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division Reviews - CLOSED

1.68 out of 5 stars
(97 Reviews)
  • Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,040
14% of 97 students said this degree improved their career prospects
18% of 97 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.4 out of 5 stars
Jcrew - 8/8/2016
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/22/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2005
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
charlie - 7/21/2016
Degree: Web Design
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Annoyed, But Graduated - 6/4/2016
Degree: Computer Animation
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Summer Salameh - 5/21/2016
Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
2.1 out of 5 stars
Disgruntled designer - 5/17/2016
Degree: Interior Design
Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
dontgohere - 3/7/2016
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2010
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Do not do it - 2/26/2016
Degree: Interior Design
Graduation Year: 2016
"Always has some kind of problems and will burn you out and you will just quit because of the run around. Very dishonest place and a scam .Do not do it !!!! You are waiting all of your time and will be very dis satisfied !!!! 5 weeks of class and now they say I owe 6000$ yes 6000$ and couldn't even get the financial aid right so I could even attend . Very very sad place and this is a true scam"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Alysha E - 2/12/2016
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2012
"Honestly, you'd be as well off getting books on animation and modeling online and watching youtube tutorials- that's basically all their classes consisted of. The teachers rarely gave any feedback and what they did give was totally useless. I usually got better feedback from my classmates and friends outside of school. After I graduated, the career placement office was equally unhelpful. Not one time did they try to help me find something in my field, but rather they would try to find anything local, no matter how unrelated. I studied game design, and I was more than willing to move for a job, but they tried to convince me to take a job with a local newspaper. From what I understand, I'm not the only one they've done that with, and that's how they maintain their high placement numbers- they helped you find a job...sort of. They never said they'd help get you into the area that you just paid a ton of money to study! Save yourself a fortune and go somewhere else."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Upandcomingphotogrqpher - 2/11/2016
Degree: Multimedia Design
Graduation Year: 2015
"First off I'll say this school is not for everyone. When I say that I'm talking about those who expect to breeze through classes without putting in any effort. You definitely have put in the blood sweat and tears. I did just that, read everything they offered and put in the leg work. I noticed however, that some of my fellow classmates submitted work that was just awful. I mean they edited and photographed worse then a 13 year old with Instagram filters. It was obvious they were not putting in any effort. I learned a lot online and now have a very awesome job, one I thought I couldn't get because of an online degree. My employer judged me on my photographs and not where I got my degree, and my photographs stood out because of what I learned. I wouldn't take a culinary class online or something that requires hands on direction. But for photographers I think this is an excellent way to earn a degree. And yes instructors will judge and critique your work, how else would you learn. If everyone lies to you and say your photos are always awesome, how can you learn. You get what you put in it."