Art Institutes



The Art Institute of Pittsburgh was founded in 1921 by Willis Shook in the city of Pittsburgh. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is the flagship college for Education Management II LLC, which was formed in 1969. On January 19, 2018, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh was acquired by Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), a subsidiary of the Dream Center Foundation, a California 501(c)3 non-profit Foundation. The college prepares students for careers in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary industries. The college includes The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division.


Mission: To provide an education in design, media arts and culinary that prepares students for individual and professional success.


1. We provide a distinctive, quality education

2. We value student success

3. We respect students, faculty and staff

4. We engage our communities

5. We support sustainable growth and strategic investment

Vision: The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s vision is to be America’s leader in creative arts education.

Strategic Initiatives

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has adopted the following four initiatives to guide the institution:

- Operational Effectiveness

- Positive Growth

- Academic Quality

- Culture of Assessment

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh seeks to provide an optimal learning experience for each of its students. To provide evidence of learning achievement in the classroom, students are required to participate in university level assessment activities (i.e. Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile, Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills, course embedded assessment and portfolios) on an ongoing basis throughout their academic studies. Current university level assessment activities are focused on general education learning outcomes (skills in the areas of mathematics, communications, critical thinking, etc.) in the undergraduate programs, in addition to the learning assessment, which takes place in each academic program.

President Ai Online

Welcome to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division. Established in 2000, we offer the convenience and flexibility of a fully online learning environment. Whether they are a night owl or an early riser, our students can access our classrooms around their schedule. Our virtual programs are available to many people who are not able to attend a “brick and mortar” college. This type of learning is beneficial to students who have busy work schedules, family demands, and other commitments. We offer a wide variety of creative programs that lead to entry-level career outcomes. We are here to help students reach their goals and create the future they imagine for themselves.

Our instructors are required to meet certain criteria for programs that they teach and hold professional positions in the field. The interactive classroom experience includes lively discussion boards, video and audio feedback, overview video demonstrations, and live weekly lectures.

At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division, we also take pride in giving back and being involved in our community. Organizations we have worked with over the years include the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Tree of Hope, Young Marines Red Chord Initiative, and Sharing Downs Syndrome Arizona. We fully support our employees in giving of their time and talents for causes they believe in.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you soon!

Jamie Carson
Vice President Online Operations