The Art Institutes of Pittsburgh

Ai of Pittsburgh

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Campus History and Origin

The Art Institutes system is composed of over 50 schools and was created in 1969, after EDMC, Education Management Corporation, acquired The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, which was originally founded in 1921. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is a private, for-profit, higher education institute, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The institute began as an independent school of art and illustration, but now specializes in design disciplines and culinary arts. After EDMC acquired The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1969, it became the model for creating additional Art Institute schools. The main campus of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is located in downtown Pittsburgh, but has relocated six times and each time expanding into a larger facility and broader curriculum. In 2008, it became one of the larger art colleges in the United States. Enrollment in the school began to decline, starting in 2010, because of federal lawsuits placed. Enrollment and graduation rates continue to still decline every year, but with a new owner at EDMC, they hoping to quickly turn that around. AiO, OR The Art Institute online, is the online branch to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. It was re branded in October of 2007 as The Art Institute - Online Division and it now offers degree programs as well as non-degree diploma courses in a variety of creative fields. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is called the Common Ancestor of The Art Institutes, because it started it all, and is the oldest Art Institute school being open over 90 years.

Admission Requirements

GPA: At least 2.0 or higher

SAT: Test scores are not necessary for admission, but should be sent in.

ACT: Test scores are not necessary for admission, but should be sent in.

Students must have completed high school or received a GED.

An essay must be required for admission.

50 dollar application fee.

Tuition and Costs

Game Art & Design-Bachelor's Degree-45 months

Tuition and fees: $89,614

Books and Supplies: $2,985

On-campus Room and Board: $53, 280

Application Fee: $50

Enrollment Fee: $100

Costs vary based off the major/degree of choice by the student, because of materials, etc.

Campus Life

On-campus events such as, job fairs, career workshops, game and movie nights, etc. Off-campus activities like volunteer work, field trips to museums, theme parks sporting events, etc. There are also clubs and organizations, such as robotics, video games, movies, photography and many more.

Letter of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern:

It is without any reservation that i write this letter of recommendation for Dominic Souza for a position as video game designer. Dominic, as a student of mine is very hard working and well dedicated to achieving and accomplishing his work of time. He is seen as a role model and leader throughout my classroom and is well behaved with others.

Dominic has many wonderful assets, including determination, respect and courage. He is dedicated to his work and determined to be the best at everything he does. He will put family first and work behind it, because he is a stupendous person. Angel works well with others around him, even if he has not paired with them before. He is very accomplished and creative as anyone can be. He is an intelligent worker and and has no intention of giving up in anything.

I guarantee that my former student Dominic, will be the best hard working employee. This is the truth because he will always be open to accepting new challenges and accomplishing them. If you have any further questions or comments on Dominic, please feel free to contact me at or via phone: (915) 666-1234

Best regards

Angel Ortiz

Lead Designer

PHd Gaming

Boston, Massachusetts 02112

Tel: (915) 666-1234


Cover Letter

Hamilton Porter

PHd Gaming

1287 Gronk Avenue

May 19, 2015

Good afternoon Hamilton,

I am applying for the position as a video game programmer or designer in response to our meeting at your building location on Brady Street.

As you know, I have graduated from The Art Institutes of Pittsburgh with a degree in video game design and programming. During this time, we, my group and I, were given projects that required us to work together and gave us a little taste of the real thing. Throughout these courses, I have received much knowledge of what I would like to do. These courses/classes have supplied me with all the knowledge I need, in order to participate in my career. I have encountered many challenges and given many responsibilities, being that I was elected as group leader for all semesters. Being group leader has also helped with my skills to work with other well and be creative, by coming up with many ideas for the projects that were given to us. I enjoyed my time working with my group and participating in these projects, because this is what I love to do and I would like to continue doing this.

I assure that I am the perfect role for this position, because I always work hard on what I am doing and I enjoy this work very much. You will not regret choosing me for this position, because of the knowledge I have received from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I will not only do this job great, but I will enjoy this job, because it is what I have always enjoyed, even as a child.

I thank you for giving me some of your time and using some of your time to read this letter, happy hunting.


Dominic Souza

1502 Xander Drive

(915)-002-1287 (H)

(915)-215-3448 (C)


Career Description

Video Game Designer

Salary: $56,000 - $87,000

Current Demand: High Demand for video game design

Duties/Job Description: Devising what a game consists of and how it plays, defining all the core elements. Communicating this to the rest of the development team who create the art assets and computer code.

Job Requirements: Common Requirements Degree Level: High school diploma; some employers require a bachelor's degree. Degree Name: Video game design, computer science. Experience: May need to have experience working in programming or art before becoming designers. Key Skills: Designers must be creative, have the ability to tell a story and be able to work as part of a team. Technical Skills: Understanding of programming languages, software programs, 3D modeling programs.

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