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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, founded in 1921, is the oldest of the Art Institutes, private institutions of higher learning for people who want to pursue a career in the creative or visual arts.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh offers associate and bachelor degrees, as well as certificates, in four areas of study: Culinary, Design, Fashion, and Media Arts.

Students within The International Culinary School may choose an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts, a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management and Hotel & Restaurant Management, or The Art of Cooking certificate.

Within the School of Design, students may choose a Bachelor of Science degree in any of the following fields: Interior Design, Graphic Design, Entertainment Design, Industrial Design, or Advertising. An Associate in Science degree is also offered in the areas of Graphic Design, Kitchen & Bath Design, and Industrial Design Technology. Students may also pursue a Digital Design certificate.

The School of Fashion offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion & Retail Management.

The School for Media Arts offers both degree levels. Students may choose a Bachelor of Science degree in any of the following programs: Game Art & Design, Photography, Media Arts & Animation, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, or Web Design & Interactive Media. The institute also offers an Associate of Science degree in Photography, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, or Web Design & Interactive Media. A Web Design certificate is also available.

Aside from the above areas of study, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh also offers general education courses which may include classes such as chemistry, speech, advanced communications, economics, and computer literacy, and foundation courses which are classes geared toward a student’s specific career path.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is accredited by both the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools. The school’s Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, and its Culinary Arts program by the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission.

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is open to all students interested in pursuing a degree in the arts, and who have graduated with a diploma from a secondary school or equivalent. The admissions application is available online at the institute’s website.

Applicants to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh should submit a high school diploma or GED equivalent, as well as a transcript of grades. They will also need to write an essay about the department in which they want to enroll and what they hope to get out of their education.

Students seeking bachelor degrees must provide proof of high school completion with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, or GED certificate with a score equivalent to a 2.0 GPA, or proof of an associate’s degree. Students seeking associate degrees must provide the above, with the exception of a minimum GPA of 1.5. In addition, students are asked to submit ACT or SAT test scores.

Students interested in applying for the Media Arts & Animation & Game Art & Design programs should include a portfolio.

Prospective students are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Previous education
  • Academic performance
  • Written essay (which is explained in the application)
  • Experience or interest in any of the art fields offered at the Institute

Prospective students might need to take an ASSET test to determine their English and Mathematics skill levels.

International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. This can be demonstrated by a minimum score of 480 for diploma programs on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum score of 500 is required for associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs.

Open houses, which are held about eight times a year, are an ideal way to get acquainted with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and its admissions policies. Students are encouraged to apply online.

Financial Aid

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh offers students a number of financial aid options. Students may be eligible for federal and state grants, work-study programs, and loans. To be considered, students must fill out a FAFSA form which is available on the school’s website.

In addition, The Art Institutes offer regional awards, grants, and scholarships. Students interested in these financial aid options must contact the Admissions office to find out what is available and how to apply.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh provides a detailed website with descriptions of all financial assistance possibilities along with instructions on how to apply and who to contact for more information.

Financial Aid—in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, and work study programs—are available for students who need help paying their way through college.

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as they enroll. This can be done online, and a lender will contact the student.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 491st for the average student loan amount.
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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh serves a wide range of students, including students pursuing bachelor degrees, students seeking associate degrees, as well as students looking to fulfill a specific certification.

Student housing is available for students looking to live on campus. There are over 100 apartments and about 200 dormitories on campus to house students. Students can also be involved in campus life through the many clubs and organizations available on campus.

In addition, the Career Services Department assists students with finding part-time work while attending school, as well as entry-level positions upon graduation.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is located in a 177,000-square feet facility in downtown Pittsburgh, a city that is getting long-overdue recognition as one of America’s best and most beautiful big cities. (

The Institute’s main location is on the Boulevard of the Allies and within walking distance to the theatre district and PNC Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Pirates. The city is also home to the Carnegie Museums, Andy Warhol Museum, and the National Aviary, which features over 200 species of rare and endangered birds.

The Art Institute’s building is equipped with a library, television production studio, industrial machine shop, and the Taste of Art Restaurant.

Numerous clubs are available to students who attend the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. These include the Culinary Arts Club, Ceramics Club, Drama Club, Fashion Club, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Illustrators. Two more extracurricular activities are the Right Brain Newsletter and AiP TV, the school’s television production group. Both of these clubs are open to all students.

Some student housing is available near the campus at Shannon Hall, an apartment building that is home to 600 students. Additional housing for 200 people is also located near campus. Students can apply for Shannon Hall online.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


To maintain physical and mental well-being, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh works together with the local YMCA to provide student activities such basketball tournaments, and other health fitness opportunities. In addition, the Student Development Department brings in local organizations to provide health and wellness seminars for the students.

Information Summary

Ranks 189th in Pennsylvania and 2864th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 15 0.67
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.04
Robbery 2 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 64 2.85
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,239 0.40
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 44 0.01
Forcible Rape 67 0.02
Robbery 1,126 0.36
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,686 0.87
Larceny 6,897 2.23
Vehicle theft 480 0.16

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1328
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population19,204 (19,204 urban / N/A rural)
Households6,761 (1.98 people per house)
Median Household Income$14,399
Families3,080 (2.85 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Schools of art, music, and design
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4214

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1067th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $17,532 $17,532 $17,532
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $100 $100 $100
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $487 $487 $487
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $33,514 $33,514 $33,514
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,820 $30,820 $30,820
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $27,316 $27,316 $27,316

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $17,832(N/C) $17,832(N/C) $17,832(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,800
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,636 $9,858
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,064 $4,998
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,613 $5,541
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,327 $6,249
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,358 $9,063

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity712
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,750
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2439th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $58,578 ($58,856 male / $44,477 female)
Number of FT Faculty 63 (41 male / 22 female)
Number of PT Faculty 116
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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