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This "school" is a total rip-off.Quite BrightOther
This "school" is a total rip-off. I went for the game design program and, five years later, have yet to get even one offer from anywhere. The placement office tried to place me in anything and everything that they could find, even things like retail and newspaper mail room positions so that they could keep their inflated placement numbers. The teaching staff was totally unhelpful and usually referred us to our books or other websites for more information, rather than actually telling us anything. I was often given vague information and then penalized for following the book's definitions because it wasn't what the teacher wanted. It's sad and pathetic that I had more companies express interest in me BEFORE I got this worthless piece of paper and a ton of debt.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2011
Scholastic Success: B, Education Quality: F
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I would advise students to go to anotherQuite BrightDesign Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
I would advise students to go to another school, ANY other school than this one. First of all they charge an arm and a leg for mediocre education. They "offer grants" that really don't help towards tuition at all and you have to pay a minimum of $55/month to keep the "grant". The classes are repetitive, I cannot tell you one thing I have learned at this school that I didn't already know from getting my associates at the local community college. At this point I feel as if I am paying for a degree and not an education. The advisors and faculty are not helpful and don't seem to care about the students. I had a medical emergency which took me out of work for about 2 weeks (classes are 5 weeks long). When I submitted the paperwork to appeal my grade since I was unable to participate I was told it was not sufficient enough to approve my appeal. Guess being in the hospital and having a doctors note doesn't matter when it comes to their bottom line. So please save yourself the time and money and go to a better college or university.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2016
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I am a current student at The ArtArt & Design Department
I am a current student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division. I am in the Associate's Program in Web Design and Interactive Media. My graduation date is scheduled to be for August of 2015. I have been attending the courses exclusively online since May 2012. I haven't dropped out or withdrawn from any classes; therefore, I haven't taken any breaks between classes. During my second year, I started to noticed that classes were the same. The "online classroom" always requires me to post on feedback for other students work, but when a student has a question that was not covered in the online lecture, the student has to send an email to the "instructor" that is more like a monitor of the class. The instructor sometimes would not really explain much or would just provide external links from other articles or websites to answer the student question. The lack of interaction with the "instructors" would make the class even harder. The online lectures were just a brief summary of the theme we were covering and the e-books sometimes had nothing to do with the class. The online classroom does not have their own online tutorials. All the technical skills I have learned from The Art Institute Online Division is from external websites that offer tutorials for any type of topic, such a or These websites provide tutorials for their software. Many of these websites allow anyone to purchase a one year membership for the price of one credit at the Ai per credit, which is $470. I don't think the price I am paying is the education I am getting, since I could just buy a membership of any other tutorial site. The school also is charging me for lab-fees. My entire schooling has been from my home computer. The computer was not included in my tuition, nor my internet connection. The tuition this institution is charging is outrageous, and I think it is complete fraud. Students who enroll in this institution are expecting a much higher quality of education from well-trained instructors and professionals. The main page hasn't even been updated, and all the classes are just links to external websites that anyone can google for free. I am about to graduate, and I feel that what I have learned I could have done on my own. Now I am in debt with the student loans, and my education is not top quality to get a good job to pay those loans. This institution and its mother company, EDMC, is committing complete fraud and should be considered a criminal act for what they are doing to me and many other students who have a low income. I am a single mother of a special needs child and I was not able to attend regular school, so I thought an online education would be convenient and affordable. I was completely wrong. Please contact me soon, so I can provide evidence that what I am saying is true. Also, the financial advisors and the institution never sent the real charges to me. The statements that I received every quarter only show half of my loans. When I asked Ai to refund me the money that hasn't been used, they sent me a completely different breakdown of charges than I have received. All of the charges seem excessive and the descriptions and accounting codes associated with each charge are unclear for what they are for. How is it possible that an Associate program for a part time student could cost 47,000 dollars when I haven't even put my foot on any of the campuses, and all of my tutorials are not even property of the school itself. Most likely, my credits are not valid to transfer to any other institution
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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