Online Education FAQs

Online Experience

What is distance learning education?

Distance learning education is online learning that occurs without you being physically present at a school, enabling you to take classes remotely using your personal computer and earn a degree without living near a campus. With distance learning education, students and faculty from all over the country can interact with each other 24/7. 

How does online or 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 engaging multimedia presentations that can help you learn. In many ways, distance learning can be even more interactive than some traditional classroom experiences.

What are the benefits of distance learning or learning online?

One of the main advantages of distance learning is the flexibility you’ll have as a student. Because you can access your classes anytime, you can more easily schedule your studies and coursework to accommodate your existing job or personal responsibilities. Plus, you can earn your degree without the cost of traveling to campus or of living in campus housing.

How does online education differ from traditional education?

The key difference of attending college as an online student is the delivery method. As a student enrolled in one of our degree programs online, you will take similar classes, receive the same quality of instruction and earn the same degree as the students attending classes on our campuses. Only instead of sitting beside other students, you’ll talk with your peers and faculty online. As an online student, you also have the ability to choose when you spend time in the online classroom based on what’s most convenient for you.

What degrees can I earn online at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division?

At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division, you can earn an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree online. You’ll also find diploma and certificate creative arts programs designed for students looking to build a specific set of skills. Explore our programs today to discover the right online program for you.

How do online classes work?

The online classroom at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division is built to provide an interactive, enjoyable student experience where it’s easy to collaborate and connect with your instructors and classmates. Each course will be focused on the skills you need, immersing you in one subject for 5½ weeks before moving on to the next. You can see course samples or watch a video of the Online Classroom in action here.

What are the advantages of online classes?

Whether you have a busy work schedule, family demands, or other commitments, the increased flexibility and control you have as you earn your degree will be the main benefits of online classes. Other benefits of online classes include the time and expense you save by not having to leave your home to attend class.

How do I manage online classes? What are some time management tips for online students?

Your Admissions Representative and Academic Counselor will be happy to answer your questions on how to manage online classes, but for now here’s some of our most common advice. We recommend setting aside specific hours for school every day, where you minimize distractions as much as possible. To avoid getting behind, visit the online classroom regularly, participate in class discussions, and pay attention to deadlines. Try planning to finish your assignments early—that way if you have an unexpected problem, there’s still time to get help before the due date.

What is the availability of online faculty?

The faculty at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division will serve as your mentors and do everything they can to help prepare you for a creative career. Throughout your classes, your faculty will be readily available to answer questions and support you through email, phone, and the online classroom. You can even get to know some of our faculty before you enroll.

Is there a new online student orientation?

After applying, you’ll automatically be registered for a self-paced online orientation course for new students. Following that course, you’ll have access to the Online Experience course, an actual classroom where you can practice posting discussions, submitting assignments, and interacting with an online facilitator specialized in onboarding new students.

Do I attend online graduation at a specific campus?

When you graduate from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division, you can attend a graduation ceremony at any of The Art Institutes schools across the country.


Are the online degree programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division accredited?

The online programs are included within the accreditation of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. 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 things such 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. 

Our programs in Interior Design and Culinary Management also have the following additional programmatic accreditation.  The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Grandville Ave., Ste. 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management is accredited by The Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. 

Are online degrees respected by employers? 

Online education is no longer new and online programs are now more common and respected. Typically, employers are more concerned about your portfolio and the knowledge you demonstrate in your interview. To help you prepare for potential employers, we’ll provide you with access to a variety of career resources from day one and a portfolio site where you can display your work. Before and after graduation, you’ll have an opportunity to work with a Career Services Advisor on your resume, cover letters, job search, and interview preparation.

How can an online degree help my career?

If you’re currently working and want to enhance your career, our online classes can allow you to earn your degree while you continue to maintain your work schedule. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division offers career-focused education that can aid you in expanding your career potential. Online learning requires self-discipline, organization, and the ability to meet tight deadlines—skills you’ve likely already acquired on the job.

Are online classes hard?

The assignments in our online classes will be difficult and demanding. That’s because our goal is to push you to achieve your very best. To challenge you to go beyond your imagined limits to create something new and bold. To prepare you for success in the real world. It won’t be easy. The important things in life never are. But when you work hard, we’ll work equally as hard to give you the support, mentoring, and quality education you need to set yourself apart from the competition and make your transition from student to professional as seamless as possible.

What will my degree say? Will it have “Online” on it?

The degree you earn will be the same as a degree earned by a student in the same program at our Pittsburgh location. The diploma you receive upon graduation will be from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and show the name of your completed program.

Financial Information

How much does it cost to attend college online at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division?

View tuition and fees per program and see how we’re making your education more affordable here.

How does the cost of online education vs. traditional education differ?

While the cost of earning a degree differs between schools, online education can be less expensive than attending a campus-based program. With online education, there are no additional housing costs or money spent on commuting to campus. Many online programs also use digital textbooks, which may be available at a lower price than print textbooks.

Can I get financial aid for my online classes?

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. Contact us today to learn about the types of aid for which you may qualify.

Technology & Software

What are the computer and system requirements for online courses?

Computer and system requirements vary for each of our online programs. Contact our Admissions team at 877.872.8869 for specific requirements. To find the requirements online, from the Academics page, choose an area of study and program area, find the degree listing, select Outcomes and Requirements, and then Requirements.

What online course software is required?

Accessing your online classroom won’t require any special online course software. It’s as simple as logging in to any other website. Completing your online coursework and assignments, on the other hand, will require industry-specific software and sometimes hardware too. For a list of programmatic software and hardware requirements, contact Admissions at 877.872.8869. To find the requirements online, from the Academics page, choose an area of study and program area, find the degree listing, select Outcomes and Requirements, and then Requirements.

What online education tools are used for collaboration between teachers and classmates?

At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division, we’ve carefully selected and designed comprehensive online education tools that make it fast and easy to chat with instructors and classmates, ask questions on course content, check class schedules, submit assignments, and review your grades anytime, right from your online classroom. Outside of the classroom, you’ll also be able to contact instructors via email or phone.

Are there student resources available if I need help with online classes? How do I contact them?

From live tutoring to technical support to an online library, you’ll have the online student resources you need—when you need them, right from your classroom and the online Campus Common. For general questions about your program, help creating a study plan, or advice on balancing your busy schedule, you’ll even have the support of your very own dedicated Academic Counselor. 

The Disability Services Office also assists qualified students with disabilities in acquiring reasonable and appropriate accommodations to support academic success. If you believe you are in need of accommodations, contact Disability Services at or 855-378-6620, ext 33000.


What are the online college admission requirements for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division?

Rather than a standard set of online college requirements, our admissions requirements vary by program. To check programmatic requirements, contact our Admissions team at 877.872.8869. To find them online, from the Academics page, choose an area of study and program area, find the degree listing, select Outcomes and Requirements, and then Requirements.

How do I apply for an online degree program?

You can apply to any of our degree programs online. First, create an account here and then complete your application. Within 10 days of applying, send us your high school transcript or high school equivalency certification (or exam, depending on the context), any other college or military transcripts you may have, along with an essay of at least 250 words about you and your career goals. In the meantime, we’ll arrange an interview to get to know you and your interest in the creative arts.

Will my online college credits transfer to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division?

 We can’t promise that all your credits will be eligible for transfer, but we do promise to review all of your college credits on a class-by-class basis to determine those that correspond to classes in your desired program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division. Find more details here or contact us at 877.872.8869 to have our Admission team guide you through the process, answer your questions, and provide the information you need.*

*Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The Art Institutes offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by The Art Institutes.