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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1301   |    1.412.263.6600

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Our degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

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College Bound is an 11-week college experience for high school juniors and seniors to connect with others that share your interests while taking college level courses designed to help you grow, discover yourself, and create something awesome.

Recreational and Professional Development Course

Whether you want to explore the essentials of drawing, design a website for your business, master your DSLR camera or discover the decadence of chocolate, our noncredit courses are immersive and focused, so they’re perfect for curious – but busy – people like you.

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Over 90 years of educating creative professionals

Over 90 years of educating creative professionals

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has a rich history in our great city's creative and cultural community. Once you're here, you can feel the energy of our students and faculty — and of a city that's witnessed a renaissance in the past forty years.

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A Taste of Art

Our facility also includes the Taste of Art Restaurant, the dining lab for students in our culinary program. This restaurant is student-run and open to the public, and was rated "Best Kept Secret" in Pittsburgh Magazine's Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh Reader’s Poll. The menu reflects international cuisine; this month it might be Thai and the next time you visit you may experience Egyptian cuisine.

Under the supervision of Chef Shawn Culp and an experienced and credentialed faculty of chef instructors, students create bistro-style dishes in the kitchen and run all aspects of the dining room.  From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Taste of Art is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons. 

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Chef Shawn Culp profiled in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Chef Shawn Culp profiled in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Shawn Culp, Culinary Department Chair, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, is not just an instructor, he’s also Culinary Olympian and he coaches the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Youth Team USA.

Culp is profiled in an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and in the article he notes that his motto is “strive for perfection and excellence will be the standard.” He adds that his favorite lunchtime spot is “Taste of Art Restaurant,” the student run restaurant at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Culp also discussed the cricket culinary trend. The school has held multiple cooking demonstrations in collaboration with Ohio-based Big Cricket Farms to show that edible crickets are tasty and nutritious.

The interview also touches on his worst job (as a roofer) and said that he’d pick Matt Damon to play him if there were a movie about his life. The chef noted he could binge watch "The Walking Dead," and the best concert he saw was Black Sabbath/Pantera.

For the full article, visit http://triblive.com/aande/personalitytest/9751589-74/favorite-culp-art.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1301. ©2016 The Art Institutes. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, 30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-2752. Registration # 73-01-0371T

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any Web site linked to this Web site/newsletter. The links are provided for your information and convenience only. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh does not endorse, support or sponsor the content of any linked Web sites. If you access or use any third party Web sites linked to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Web site, you do so at your own risk. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh makes no representation or warranty that any other Web site is free from viruses, worms or other software that may have a destructive nature. 

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Pittsburgh Team Wins Urbani Tartufi Truffle Competition Pittsburgh Team Wins Urbani Tartufi Truffle Competition

The team from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh recently was awarded the top prize at the Urbani Tartufi Truffle Competition in Italy. Student Rachel Walton, who is working toward an Associate of Science in Baking & Pastry, and 2016 graduate Samantha Santti, who earned an Associate of Science in Baking & Pastry, recently returned from their international culinary adventure.  

Coached by Chef Shawn Culp, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s culinary department chair, Walton and Santti created a duck breast with truffle mousseline forcemeat. The dish also featured crispy skin crust served on carrot puree with a rich duck jus, sautéed root vegetables and a twice-baked potato garnished with thinly sliced chives and minced truffle. 

A jury of chefs and other professionals from different regions of Italy selected the top teams. Santti and Walton may have their recipe developed as a new Urbani Tartufi product.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1301. ©2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/2324 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Shares 'College & Career Knowledge’ With High School Students The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Shares 'College & Career Knowledge’ With High School Students

Recently, nearly 50 high school students and teachers got a crash course in “College & Career Knowledge,” through an event hosted by The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

The half-day campus experience was organized in collaboration with The Consortium for Public Education, a nonprofit organization working with school districts across western Pennsylvania. The goal was to get young people, who might have reservations about college, excited about continuing their education beyond high school.

Students from three Pittsburgh-area schools: McKeesport Area High School, Mt. Pleasant Area Junior/Senior High School, and Southmoreland Senior High School went on tours of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, participated in breakout sessions, and enjoyed a catered lunch.

During the roundtable discussions, faculty, staff, and students answered questions about the college experience. Anderson English, department chair of Photography/Digital Filmmaking & Video Production and Visual Effects & Motion Graphics at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, led a session with high school teachers about faculty expectations for students, the difference between high school and college classes, and other topics.

Employees from admissions, campus relations, career services, culinary, GETCreative, and media arts departments, along with students studying culinary and graphic design, participated in the “College & Career Knowledge” program.

For the full story and photos, visit: http://www.theconsortiumforpubliceducation.org/aipcckmarch2016fullstory.html.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1301. ©2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, 30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-2752

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any Web site linked to this Web site/newsletter. The links are provided for your information and convenience only. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh does not endorse, support or sponsor the content of any linked Web sites. If you access or use any third party Web sites linked to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Web site, you do so at your own risk. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh makes no representation or warranty that any other Web site is free from viruses, worms or other software that may have a destructive nature.

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Culinary Students Help to Create One-Ton Cake for Omni Culinary Students Help to Create One-Ton Cake for Omni

Recently, two culinary students at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh helped to construct a one-ton cake to celebrate the Omni William Penn Hotel’s 100th anniversary.

Samantha Santti and Shelby Costo, both of whom are working toward an Associate of Science in Baking & Pastry, worked with Prantl’s Bakery to build and decorate the cake. The finished cake stood over 5 feet tall, measured 5 feet in diameter, and weighed in at about 2,000 pounds.

To make the cake, the baking team used 366 pounds of flour, nearly 2,500 eggs, and 28 gallons of soybean oil. It was finished off with 600 pounds of icing.

Santti and Costo helped to pass out 10,000 pieces of cake during the anniversary celebration.

See the story here: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/03/08/prantls-bakery-creating-1-ton-cake-for-omni-william-penns-100th-birthday/ 

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1301. ©2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/2324 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, 30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-2752

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any Web site linked to this Web site/newsletter. The links are provided for your information and convenience only. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh does not endorse, support or sponsor the content of any linked Web sites. If you access or use any third party Web sites linked to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Web site, you do so at your own risk. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh makes no representation or warranty that any other Web site is free from viruses, worms or other software that may have a destructive nature. 

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Notable alumni

Learn more from some of our grads who’ve made a name for themselves as they talk about their education, their careers, what Creativity for Life means to them, and their advice for aspiring creative professionals.

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Tim Ransom

Tim Ransom

Owner of The Firm, Visualthundermedia.com, MojoDat.com

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Chad Calcagno

Chad Calcagno

CTO and Post-Production Producer, AltarTV

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Kate Minton

Kate Minton

Owner and Operator , Highway Robbery Vintage

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Brittany M. Kerr

Brittany M. Kerr

Executive Chef , Blooming Beets Kitchen

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Sarah A. Glass

Sarah A. Glass

Designer, Systems Source Inc

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