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The online experience

Our fully online degree and diploma programs:


Immerse you in a community of your creative peers


Provide you with the mentor ship and guidance of talented instructors


Help you elevate your talent through the use of professional grade technology


Prepare you to pursue the creative career you want

And we do all this through an online experience designed around the demands of your busy lifestyle, so that you can attend class anytime, anywhere with just your computer and an internet connection!

Support and guidance at every turn

Our faculty and staff undergo extensive training to make your online education experience a successful one, from admissions to academics to financial aid. Every step of the way, you'll find the support and guidance you need to help you to reach your ultimate goal of pursuing the creative career you're destined for.

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Our programs embrace the standards of excellence long held by The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and The Art Institutes system of schools, helping to ensure your success as an online student.

Each of our interactive online courses focus on what you need to know, allowing you to immerse yourself in one subject for 5 ½ weeks before moving on to your next course. Check out these course samples to learn more!

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Virtual Studio
Photo History
Culinary Management
Communication Design
Facilities Management
Web Design
Multimedia & Web Illustration
Kitchen & Bath Design

Classroom demo

See the online classroom in action.

Frequently asked questions

At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division, we understand that pursuing an advanced degree or diploma is a big decision for your future, and we know you may have a lot of questions about attending school online.

If you don’t see your question addressed, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information!

How does online/distance learning work?

Online learning offers you the flexibility to attend class on your own schedule—day or night. You can log in to the virtual classroom from any computer at any time. You’ll participate in group discussions via classroom message boards, and have access to multimedia presentations that will enhance your learning experience. In many ways, online learning is even more interactive than the traditional ground school experience.

Are online degrees credible?

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The accrediting agency evaluates such things as governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student services, institutional resources, student learning, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with internal and external constituencies. These standards are designed to ensure that our institutions are providing the same quality of education online as is provided at campus schools.

How can an online degree help my career?

If you’re currently working and want to advance your career, our asynchronous learning model allows you to attend class while you continue to work. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division offers career-focused education that can aid you in enhancing your career potential. Online learning requires self-discipline, organization and ability to meet tight deadlines, skills you’ve most likely already acquired on the job.

How does online education differ from traditional education?

The key difference to attending The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division as an online student is the delivery method. As a student enrolled in one of degree programs online you will take the same classes, receive the same quality of instruction and receive the same degree as our students attending our ground campuses. As an online student you have the flexibility to schedule school when it's convenient for you.

Will I be able to receive financial aid?

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division participates in a variety of federal, state and other programs to help cover the cost of attending school. Your student financial aid counselor will work closely with you to develop an individual financial plan to assist you in paying for school. To learn about the types of aid for which you may qualify, contact us today.

What is the availability of online faculty?

The online faculty at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division are expected to make students their priority. They are readily available for questions and support through e-mail, phone and through the online classroom.

What is the online classroom like?

The online classroom at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division is designed to encourage a collaborative and enjoyable student experience. You can watch a video of the Online Classroom in action here.

Guidance on your creativity journey

Your creativity is a big part of who you are—and where you’re going. That’s why we’ve built a system of support and guidance like no other that can help you to develop your natural talent and get on the path toward the career you want.

Introducing your graduation team

At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh -- Online Division, you’ll have a three-person graduation team supporting you from the day you reach out to us until the day you earn your degree. Throughout your program, the people on your graduation team may change, but their goal of helping you succeed will always be the same!

Admissions Representative

Your first contact will be an Admissions Representative who will answer your initial questions, guide you through the admissions application, help you develop a personalized student success plan, and assist you with online orientation and your first course.

Student Finance Counselor

A Student Finance Counselor will walk you through the options available for paying for your education, assist with your required financial paperwork, and answer your questions about tuition, scholarships, finances, and more.

Academic Counselor

When you have questions about your program, need help creating a study plan, or want advice on how to balance your busy schedule, you can turn to your Academic Counselor. Academic Counselors work diligently to make your academic experience the best that it can be, from your first course through to graduation.

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