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.

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