Art Institute of Pittsburgh

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh (AIP), located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, focuses on providing education for those interested in pursuing a career in the creative and applied arts. Founded in 1921, it is known for being the oldest art institute in North America. Today the Art Institute of Pittsburgh has been in operation for over 90 years and has locations in downtown Pittsburgh, a satellite location York, and an online campus, catering to roughly 6,200 students.

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is known for its facilities with 17 computer labs, all with program specific technology such as 3D rapid prototyping laboratory, sound, video and digital film editing studios, theatrical makeup, wood, metal and ceramic shops, culinary kitchens, and television studios.

AIP offers diploma, certificate, Associate, and Bachelor degree programs in the field of Culinary Arts (8 programs), Design (11 programs), Media Arts (17 programs, and Fashion (2 programs). AIP’s online division offers 27 online programs, including Advertising, Culinary Management, Digital Design, Fashion & Retail Management, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath Design, Media Arts & Animation, Photography, Residential Planning, and Web Design & Interactive Media.

All students at AIP, regardless of majors or electives, are required to take core curriculum courses that are administered by the General Education Department to hone the student’s critical thinking skills, and provide a framework for the students allowing them to operate with a broader canvas of knowledge. Students are also required to take Foundation Courses, which are basic or introductory courses on the different areas of art, design, business, and audio and digital technology, regardless of the major that will be pursued. This is to help students not only learn and appreciate the basics of each field, but also explore their interest early on to ensure that they are indeed on the right track with their career choices.

With a student body inclined in the creative and applied arts, it is perhaps not surprising that AIP does not have a strong athletics program. In fact there are no notable athletic teams to speak of or sports club to join.

Average tuition and fees at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Academic Year 2011-2012 is are $23,376. Financial aid is available at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the form of grants, loans (Federal and private loans), and scholarships. The Art Institutes participate in the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program in order to help veterans, members of the military and their family meet the rising cost of education. They also have a special Military Tuition Offer, which gives a 10% discount for those whose tuition costs are not covered by their VA benefits and are on active duty, in the National Guard, or are an eligible spouse.

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, The Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), and the Accrediting Commission for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). It has also received programmatic accreditation with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).