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 I haven't dropped out or withdrawn from any classes; therefore, I haven't taken any breaks between classes.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 lynda.com or adobe.com. 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
I only took four classes at this school before I found out what kind of ppl they were. Just from within the four classes I took and I've had two or more Advisors and Financial counselors. The supplies they you have to go buy is crazy and they aren't cheap. The issued me software (Adobe products) and told me it was covered in my fees and now that I have dropped the classes now they are calling me telling me I owe them money and if someone did say it was covered they made a mistake. The fees are ridiculous and they thinking they are doing you a favor but giving you a few dollars here and there. If I knew what i knew now? SMH
I am a former faculty member at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. There is no way I would have attended this school, nor would I recommend it to anyone. Profit trumps education at every turn. The administration --from the smiling, slimy president Sebolt all the way down are generally from the business world not academia. They will accept anyone with a Pell grant and a pulse. I had students who were legally blind in drawing classes, students who couldn't speak English, students with ankle monitoring bracelets, students with serious mental health and/or substance abuse issues, students with little or no skill or motivation. The school provides little or no support. These people are bastards, stay away from them and go to a real school. Anyone who tells you they can teach you to draw in 44 hours is a damn liar.