The Art Institute Online is a virtual campus offered by The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. It was created to facilitate distance learning for those who live far from an Art Institute campus or those whose schedules cannot accommodate a traditional student’s classes.
AI Online offers ten degree programs in fields as diverse as photography, game art and design, culinary management, hotel and restaurant management, and web design and interactive media. The page for each degree program provides informative faculty biographies that highlight instructors’ experiences and expertise. These pages also include career and employment statistics and a detailed equipment list of all the supplies students will need to complete their degrees, including software. The Art Institute Online classes have a relatively flexible schedule but still require students to spend at least 12 hours actively logged in each week. This time is split between listening to lectures, participating in student forums, and completing assignments.
Various parts of the courses are delivered through diverse methods based on the subject matter, including multimedia presentations, video demonstrations, and interactive tools and challenges. Interested students can see samples of these on the AI Online website. One of the most interactive activities, the virtual studio, requires photography students to confront a real-life challenge they may face as a photographer: setting up a studio and ensuring that a complex list of equipment is functioning and used correctly in order to conduct a successful shoot.
Since AI Online is designed to accommodate a diverse array of needs, schedules, and situations, it endeavors to provide many different kinds of support. It offers its students a great deal of help in the form of their graduation teams. Each student will be matched with an admissions representative, a student finance counselor, as well as an academic counselor, who will work with the student throughout their educational career, making themselves available to answer questions and provide assistance. Prospective students can also schedule a virtual campus tour with an admissions representative to learn more.
The Art Institute Online also offers benefits to active duty military personnel, their spouses, and veterans. Military training and experience can be transferred and count as college credit for applicable work. Military students also qualify for a 10% tuition reduction. Non-military students can research AI Online’s financial aid and scholarship page for more information on additional tuition assistance options.