Art Institute of Pittsburgh
|The Art Institute of Pittsburgh|
|Motto||The College for Creative Minds|
|Type||Private , For-Profit NASDAQ: EDMC)|
|Location||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Colors||Black Red,and White|
|Affiliations||Education Management Corporation|
Coordinates: 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.
Founded in 1921, the school began as an independent school of art and illustration, producing a number of accomplished artists (including watercolorist Frank Webb, animation producer and director Rick Schneider-Calabash and the late science fiction illustrator Frank Kelly Freas), but now specializes primarily in design disciplines, including graphic and web design, industrial design and advertising as well as Culinary arts. In 1968, Education Management Corporation acquired The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and it became the model for creating additional schools in the Art Institute System.
Since the 2009 public offering of EDMC, and the subsequent majority position by Goldman Sachs, emphasis throughout the EDMC system shifted increasingly toward shareholder profits with cost-cutting measures resulting in larger classes, fewer student services, and a standardized curriculum throughout the system, obviating the need for resident experts and curriculum developers at the individual colleges. In 2013, Payscale.com found that the Institute provided the worst return on tuition and the student's time of all institutes of higher learning surveyed. According to disclosures the college is required to provide, overall graduation rates as of 2012 fell to 39%, while graduation rates among Pell grant recipients were still lower at 27%.
The main campus of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh is located in downtown Pittsburgh. During its growth phase, it relocated six times, expanding each time into larger facilities with a broader curriculum, and in 2008 became one of the largest arts colleges in the United States. However enrollment began to quickly drop beginning in 2010, in part because of federal lawsuits. The historic landmark building at 420 Boulevard of the Allies the school had purchased in 2000 was sold in 2014 to a Chicago developer.
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh academic facilities are currently housed in one large building in downtown Pittsburgh, the former Equitable Gas building. The school facilities include specialized shops and laboratories for 3D rapid prototyping, sound, video and digital film editing, theatrical makeup, wood, metal and ceramic shops, and kitchens. The student dormitory building, Shannon Hall, is within a short walking distance of the main academic building. Because of the 2014 sale of the academic building, the college will be relocating or consolidated with another location.
Art Institute Online
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, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, Game Art & Design and Hotel & Restaurant Management.
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.
Practices at the Online division have been called into question in recent years as whistleblower suits were brought forth by employees within the company, and joined by the United States Department of Justice.
- Christian Allen, video game designer
- Daniel Boris, cartoonist
- Thomas Fluharty, illustrator
- Frank Kelly Freas, science fiction art pioneer and Mad Magazine illustrator
- Lee Hartman, animator
- J. Howard Miller, illustrator
- Rick Schneider-Calabash, award-winning animation producer, writer, director for Disney Television Animation
- Dame Jennifer M. Smith, 1970, former premier of Bermuda
- Tom Wilson, cartoonist
- Mark Stutzman, Illustrator of the famous Elvis stamp 
- Joby Harris, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
- Stig Asmussen Lead Environment Artist, Art Director, and was Game Director of God of War III
- Paul Gulacy (Visual Communications, '71), is an American comic book illustrator best known for his work for DC Comics and Marvel Comics
- David Bowers (Visual Communications, "79), in an Artist and Illustrator. His paintings have appeared on the covers of Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Cigar Aficionado.
- Michael Kaschalk (Visual Communications, '93), Effects Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios
The mascot of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh is the T-Rex dinosaur, informally known as "Creation Rex." The dinosaur 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
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) and maintains programmatic accreditation with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
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- Middle States Commission on Higher Education