Art Institute of Pittsburgh

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Motto The College for Creative Minds
Established 1921
Type Private , For-Profit NASDAQEDMC)
President George Sebolt
Students 6,200
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Urban
Colors Black Red,and White
Nickname AIP
Affiliations Education Management Corporation

Coordinates: 40°26′14″N 79°59′59″W / 40.437198°N 79.999674°W / 40.437198; -79.999674 The Art Institute of Pittsburgh (AIP) is a private, for-profit, higher education institute located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, that emphasizes design education and career preparation for the creative job market. It was founded in 1921.


Art Institute of Pittsburgh at 420 Boulevard of the Allies
Shannon Hall dormitory located at 600–620 2nd Avenue
Art Institute of Pittsburgh poster - circa 1936

Founded in 1921, AIP is the oldest of The Art Institutes in North America.[citation needed] It occupies nine floors and maintains academic oversight of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online. It has had a history of producing all types of art and artists (such as watercolorist Frank Webb, animation producer and director Rick Schneider-Calabash and the late science fiction illustrator Frank Kelly Freas), but specializing primarily in design disciplines, including graphic design, industrial design, advertising and game art and design. In 1968, Education Management Corporation acquired The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and it became the flagship school of the Art Institute System, which was the original model upon which the others were based. The Art Institutes comprise the largest collegiate art and design education system in the world.

In 2013, found that the Institute provided the worst return on tuition and the student's time of all institutes of higher learning surveyed.[1]


Art Institute of Pittsburgh Alumnus J. Howard Miller's "We Can Do It!", commonly misidentified as Rosie the Riveter
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has produced many famous alumni, including science fiction art pioneer and Mad Magazine illustrator Frank Kelly Freas.

The main campus of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh is located in downtown Pittsburgh. As it has grown, it has relocated six times, expanding each time into larger facilities with a broader curriculum, resulting in one of the largest arts colleges in the United States. The year 2000 saw the school's most recent relocation from its previous facilities on Penn Avenue to the historic landmark building at 420 Boulevard of the Allies, the former Equitable Gas Company building. The school currently resides roughly eight blocks from The Art Institutes headquarters of Education Management Corporation (EDMC). A satellite campus is operated in York, Pennsylvania.


The Art Institute of Pittsburgh academic facilities are housed in one large building in downtown Pittsburgh, the formerly named Equitable Gas building. The student housing facility, Shannon Hall, is within a short walking distance of campus and houses students in apartment style living arrangements. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online administrative buildings are located off-site in the Strip District section of Pittsburgh. The school has some of the most extensive arts-oriented technology facilities of any school in the United States, including over one thousand computers equipping numerous general and specialized computer teaching laboratories. Among the specialized shops and laboratories are a 3D rapid prototyping laboratory, sound, video and digital film editing studios, theatrical makeup, wood, metal and ceramic shops, culinary kitchens, and television studios.

Art Institute Online[edit]

The Art Institute Online (commonly abbreviated AiO) is the online branch of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. As of October, 2007 it has been rebranded as The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division. A part of the system of over 40 Art Institutes located in Pittsburgh, PA and throughout North America, this online school offers degree programs as well as non-degree diploma courses in a variety of creative fields. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division allows busy people to attend art training and education, but also serves as an online class environment for on-ground Art Institute students.

Regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, as a division of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division offers degree programs for Advertising, Fashion & Retail Management, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interactive Media, Media Arts & Animation, Game Art & Design and Hotel & Restaurant Management. The online class environment follows the Socratic method, making classroom discussion and participation in the learning experience key aspects of the learning model.

As The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division is an online school, it is technology driven and students must have required software and reasonably proficient computer skills to attend.

Notable alumni[edit]


The defacto mascot of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh is the T-Rex dinosaur, informally known as "Creation Rex." The dinosaur, which has its own blog page, is a physical sculpture mounted in front of the building. The dinosaur is frequently decorated to reflect current events. For instance it was seen chewing on a Red Wings jersey during the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Licensing, accreditation and memberships[edit]

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (since 2008) and The Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The college is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and maintains programmatic accreditation with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).[4][5]


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