You’re Invited: April Student Events

written by Georgia Schumacher 2 April 2015

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division is buzzing with fun and exciting events this April! Register now for these online events and find even more webinars on the Campus Common Events Calendar!

Upcoming April Events

The Lodging Industry – From B&B’s to Luxury Hotels
Tuesday, April 7, 2pm ET
15 year Marriott Hotel veteran Lee Heron will discuss the lodging industry from bed & breakfasts to luxury hotels. Discuss the different brands and learn about the many types of positions: front office, housekeeping, sales/marketing, human resources, food and beverage, revenue management, and security. See actual positions open right now and explore the overall growth and development of hotels.

Culinary and Hospitality and Events, OH MY: Let’s Talk Job Positions and Skills!
Wednesday, April 8, 7pm ET
Do you have what it takes to be in the Hotel Sales, Culinary, Hospitality, and Event business? In this faculty-led workshop, you will learn the different types of job titles and businesses in which you can work. We will also review the skill set and personal attributes a person must hold to be successful in these types of positions.

Writing an Effective Hospitality Resume – Tips and Tricks!
Tuesday, April 14, 7pm ET
Ever wanted to know how to write a resume that will make you stand out? This workshop will review the purpose of a resume and the basic rules for writing a resume. We will identify resume types that are industry specific and help to define skills, experiences, and educational background for effective resumes.

The Fun Side of Finding a Job in the Creative Field: The Little Extras that Can Make All the Difference
Tuesday, April 14, 7:30pm ET
This faculty-led workshop will primarily focus on ways to get yourself noticed and build your brand, including how to create a resume that reflects who you are as a designer, ideas for amazingly different business cards, and fun leave-behinds for interviews. We will also discuss unexpected places to find jobs and unexpected careers for designers (and others).

Meet a Sommelier and Discuss Wine and Food Pairing!
Wednesday, April 15, 7pm ET
Stefano Buttò from Northern Italy will share his experience as a wine consultant and broker in California including Europa Village Winery, Miramonte-Winery, La Bella Vita Restaurant, EAT Marketplace and Cellarz93 Restaurant. He currently manages Meritage at Callaway, a restaurant that specializes in local and organic ingredients. This workshop will discuss wine and food pairing and latest trends in wine.

Meet the CUL-HRM Online Program Directors
Thursday, April 16, 7pm ET
Meet the Hotel & Restaurant Management and Culinary Management Program Directors – Gaye Warren & Seth Selke—in an open call in townhall forum! Introduce yourself and discuss anything on your mind, including concerns, questions, and ideas regarding your program experience or portfolio.

All about R&D – How to Get Your Product to Market!
Wednesday, April 22, 7pm ET
Did you ever wonder what it takes to bring a product to market? This workshop will review the research and development (R&D) process. Chef John Fuente is a current R&D Chef with 28 years of culinary experience. Faculty member and Chef Alisa Gaylon is also an attorney, and, together they will discuss the legalities of creating and developing new products.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Chef Certification
Thursday, April 23, 7pm ET
Join us for a presentation by faculty member Chef Collen Engle, CEC (Certified Executive Chef) and CCE (Certified Culinary Educator), to learn more about American Culinary Federation certification, the different levels available, what it represents, and how to achieve it.

Foundations Student Orientation: How to Succeed
Monday, April 27, 1:30pm ET
Recommended for all students taking an Art Foundations (FND) course, get helpful study tips, learn how to write critiques, and get a jump start with course expectations. Take a guided tour of where and how to get help when you need it.

Portfolio Prep Q&A
Tuesday, April 28, 8:30pm ET
This event is focused on Graphic Design/Digital Design students, but faculty members and students from other programs are welcome. This webinar will include:

• How a portfolio is used in the graphic design industry
• General expectations for a portfolio 
• When and how to prepare for your portfolio course
• Examples of professional portfolios and relevant resources

Weekly and Recurring Meetings

Graphic & Web Design Career Series
Thursdays at 7pm, ET
The Web & Graphic Design Department is hosting weekly webinars during the month of April for the annual Web & Graphic Design Career Series. This event features top industry professionals and designers speaking on critical industry topics and creative inspiration. Get the full details here.

Math LIVE!
Mondays at 7:30pm ET, Thursdays at 11am ET, & Saturdays at 11am ET
Each webinar is a 60-minute informal study session with a full-time math faculty member in which you can ask math questions, enrich your grasp on the class material, and gain useful assignment guidance. By attending a Math LIVE! event, you may also be eligible to receive bonus points in your math course.

The Mad Professor's Drawing Room
Sundays at 3pm ET, Wednesdays at 5pm ET and Fridays at 12pm ET
Login to your computer, put on your headset, and take part in an open studio with faculty member Nina Stanley! Spend the first 20 minutes drawing short gestures, then work on a long pose for another 45 minutes or so. Come for the whole time or just for a little bit – the choice is yours!

International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
Wednesdays at 9pm ET
Learn more here about IGDA meetings and why all students interested in game design are encouraged to join! Design Bootcamps This month, our bootcamp events include

• Illustrator Bootcamp 2: Drawing, Color, and Type
• Photoshop Bootcamp 1: Presenting Artwork
• Photoshop Bootcamp 2: Basic Designing

Remember, you can register for all of these events and find pre-recorded events on the Events page in the Campus Common!

To request disability related accommodations for a virtual event please contact the event organizer in advance at jminnaugh@aii.edu.

Announcing the 8th Annual Graphic & Web Design Career Series

written by Georgia Schumacher 1 April 2015

The 2015 Graphic and Web Design Career Series is just around the corner! The Graphic and Web Design Department at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division is holding weekly webinars from April 9 to April 30, 2015, open to current students.

This annual event features top industry professionals and designers as guest speakers, who will discuss critical industry topics and creative inspiration in two hour sessions on Thursday evenings at 7pm ET. Attendees will gain valuable insights on career preparation and what to expect when working as a design professional. Register now via the Campus Common Events Calendar!

This year’s lineup includes:

Brent Stickels, Co-Founder and Partner of YYES
Dear Hiring Manager: And Other Job Search Fails

Landing your dream job isn’t too likely if you don’t know how to impress a hiring manager. Join Brent Stickels, co-founder and partner of YYES, a boutique design studio, as he discusses how to stand out from other applicants without choking. Learn how he got his first jobs, mistakes he made, and wins he earned to get where he is today.

David Taylor, Recruiting Manager with The Creative Group
Starting Your Career Adventure: Correcting the Course and Upgrading Your Gear

Sometimes it takes a bit of savvy searching to find the right career opportunity. As The Creative Group’s recruiting manager, David Taylor works with many motivated and inspired candidates, helping them to better market themselves and discover the right path to pursue their career adventures. Join us to learn common misconceptions about the job hunting process and a number of tips on how to better your resume, digital presence, portfolio, and interview techniques.

Bob Calvano, Vice President, Design: A+E Networks, New York
What the Heck Does a Design Career Look Like?

Join us as Bob discusses what he thought a career would look like and how the path traveled is nothing like he anticipated. See highlights of work from some of the various parts of his career journey, as well as his latest work at A+E Networks. Gather round for some inspiration and two cents of advice for starting out in the design profession, from the man who leads visual and user experience design for A+E’s portfolio of properties, including A&E, Lifetime, HISTORY, LMN, FYI, and HISTORY 2.

Wendy MacNaughton, Illustrator and Graphic Journalist
Illustration as a Career and Other Things I Never Thought I’d Give a Talk About

Wendy’s discussion will address her journey to becoming a professional illustrator and graphic journalist. She is a New York Times best-selling illustrator and graphic journalist based in San Francisco. Her work appears in publication like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Print Magazine. Wendy has authored a number of books, including Meanwhile in San Francisco, The City in Its On Words; Pen & Ink, Tattoos and The Stories Behind Them; and Lost Cat. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design, and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She is the 2015 artist in residence at the Zen Hospice Project.

There are only a limited number of spots available for each presentation, so register today using the Campus Common Events Calendar!

To request disability related accommodations for a virtual event please contact the event organizer in advance at jminnaugh@aii.edu.

The Beginner’s Guide to Hospitality and Culinary Management Careers

written by Georgia Schumacher 24 March 2015

If you are a natural leader, enjoy helping others, and want to work in an energetic, upbeat environment, a career in hotel, culinary, or event management might be the perfect fit for your personality and skill set! Hospitality and culinary management careers can give you a chance to meet new people, travel extensively, and improve other people's lives.

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A degree or certificate program in the area of culinary or hospitality management can prepare you for a variety of jobs managing events, overseeing restaurants, or moving all the way up to managing a top-tier hotel. It all depends on what you want and what you’re willing to work toward! Here are three common career areas in which you may decide to take your future!

1. Hotel management

As one might expect, many hotel management graduates opt for careers in the hotel industry. As a hotel manager, you'll interact frequently with guests and employees and be responsible for ensuring that the hotel service, appearance, and revenue meets expectations. New graduates may start as management trainees, eventually moving into supervisory and management positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for lodging managers was $46,810 in 2012.

2. Culinary management

Culinary management is a fast-paced industry in which you will have a chance to work with employees and the public as you plan and manage a business in the culinary field. Your responsibilities can range from purchasing and cost control, to training and supervising workers, to overseeing quality standards in food preparation. According to the BLS, management occupations in restaurants and other eating places had a median annual salary of $58,640 in 2013.

3. Event management

Event managers are responsible for planning and creating successful events such as weddings, conventions, and trade shows. As an event manager, you should be ready to juggle multiple responsibilities! You'll set up schedules, approve event marketing strategies, supervise decorations, book entertainment acts, and finalize catering menus. The BLS estimates that jobs in this field will grow 33% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average 11% growth for all occupations.

At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, we offer 4 programs in the field of Culinary Management, including the Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management and Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management. Our Certificate programs include Event Management and Food & Beverage Operations. Explore our programs, or request more information today!

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division does not guarantee employment or any particular level of compensation following graduation. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

10 Spring Fashion Trends You Need to Know

written by Georgia Schumacher 19 March 2015

Spring FashionThe end of winter and arrival of warmer weather means fashion shows across the world are bringing new creative spring trends to life. After all, it's time to put the cold gear aside and bring out your spring wardrobe.

As a student or ambitious professional in the fashion marketing field, being aware of the following 10 popular fashion trends for spring 2015 could help you attain the professional attention you desire this season.

1. Trouser Suit

Sophisticated yet casual, the trouser suit for spring 2015 sheds its traditional, stagnant look and takes on a stylish flair. Designers like Chanel have made sure this suit truly shimmers. It's a look that's elegant enough for a formal gathering, but light enough to wear to the coffee shop.

2. Pastel Outfit

It's been trending this way for several years. But wearing pastel colored dresses and suits this spring is essential, regardless of whether you'll be donning suede, cotton, or polyester. Think cooled-down purples, mustard yellows, and soft reds.

3. Baggy Trousers

Louis Vuitton is just one of the many designers to roll out high-waisted wide legged trousers with flared hems. It simply accentuates any figure nicely.

4. Crop Tops

Crop tops may have seemed to be going out of style, but they are clearly still a choice item in the fashion world, as evidenced at New York Fashion Week. The midriff-baring style can be worn with a variety of skirts, pants, or shorts, giving it incredible versatility.

5. White Outfit

In addition to colorful outfits, white outfits are also becoming incredibly popular this spring. White hats, suits, shoes, and dresses provide the crisp, cutting-edge appearance people want.

6. Shirt Dresses

Shirt dresses sound a lot tamer than what they are. However, fashion designers have given the shirt dress a fresh and bold appearance for 2015, with double high slits, drop waists, and many low-cut options. Look for it to be widely worn this spring and for years to come.

7. Denim Jeans

Denim is certain to be a common spring fashion sight in 2015, but it's much more than just the classic appearance. For spring 2015, flared jeans are in, while slim-cut are out. Additionally, embellished jeans, such as those offered by Dolce and Gabbana, are going to be seen a lot.

8. Bohemian Dress

While many fashion enthusiasts may be seen wearing less on the first day of spring, the Bohemian dress is a welcome alternative for those who want something classy and not as revealing. The long, floor-touching Bohemian dresses by Vera Wang and others are gorgeously colored and fit comfortably around the body.

9. Bermuda Shorts

Yes, these long-time favorites have returned. Why? Because Bermuda shorts pair wonderfully with a sweater and suit a range of activities -- from golfing to a cocktail party.

10. Statement Blazers

Gucci and other designers have begun to unveil statement blazers. Boldly and articulately designed, these blazers stand out with clean yet confident designs and a look that's certainly noticeable.

Interested in Fashion Marketing & Management? See what educational opportunities we have to offer!

4 Ways to Make Your Favorite Meals More Nutritious

written by Georgia Schumacher 13 March 2015

VegetablesMarch is National Nutrition Month! This is a great time to focus on making wise food choices and developing healthy lifestyle habits for the year ahead.

The old phrase, “you are what you eat,” may sound a little ridiculous, but, in some ways, it’s true. If you want to look and feel your best, you have to pay attention to what you’re eating.

If you’re interested in the area of culinary management, you know more than most that people are trying harder than ever to eat healthy. Talented professionals like you are tasked with finding nutritious options that taste good, so customers can enjoy their food, without sacrificing their health.

4 Easy Makeovers for Your Favorite Meals

Whether you’re making dinner at home or looking for a way to lighten up some of the offerings on your menu, the following four recipe substitutes can majorly improve the nutritional value of many of your most beloved dishes.

1. Swap Unsweetened Applesauce for Sugar

You might be surprised — and a bit disgusted — to learn that one cup of sugar can contain more than 770 calories! Enjoy the sweetness without the excess calories by substituting sugar with unsweetened applesauce. One cup of applesauce has just 100 calories, so you can enjoy your favorite dish guilt-free! You can substitute equal amounts of unsweetened applesauce for sugar, by reducing the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of applesauce used.

2. Substitute Plain Greek Yogurt for Mayonnaise

Many delicious meals include a healthy amount of mayonnaise. While it may taste incredible, this creamy sauce should never be consumed in large amounts. One cup of mayonnaise has a whopping 1,495 calories and 165 grams of fat! Make a dish significantly healthier by swapping in non-fat plain Greek yogurt. One container of plain Chobani yogurt has just 90 calories, allowing you to consume just a small fraction of the calories. The difference in taste is barely noticeable, but the nutritional value is drastic. This swap can also be used for sour cream.

3. Replace Meat with Veggies

Lighten up some of your favorite dishes, such as lasagna, pizza and chili by swapping out meat for veggies. There’s no need to do this every night of the week, but even one or two days can make a very big difference. For example, one pound of 70% lean ground beef has 1,506 calories and 136 grams of fat, whereas one pound of green peppers has just 91 calories and 0.77 grams of fat. This is a great way to healthify your favorite meals, so you can enjoy them more often.

4. Choose Balsamic Vinegar Over Olive Oil and Salad Dressing

Not only is balsamic vinegar low in calories, it also tastes delicious and offers a number of health benefits. It can help to stabilize blood cholesterol levels, lower systolic blood pressure and stabilize blood glucose levels. One tablespoon of balsamic vinegar has just 14 calories and zero grams of fat, while the same amount of olive oil packs in 119 calories and 14 grams of fat, and ranch salad dressing contains 145 calories and 15 grams of fat. Of course it doesn’t always make sense to substitute balsamic vinegar into your recipes, but try to do so when it works.

You’re Invited: March Student Events

written by Georgia Schumacher 6 March 2015

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There’s never a dull moment at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division! Register now for these online events and find even more webinars on the Campus Common Events Calendar!

Upcoming March Events

Online Library Orientation
Sunday, March 8, 9pm ET
Brand new to the Online Library? We recommend this orientation session, hosted by library staff and introducing everything our Online Library has to offer.

Meet the Program Directors
Thursday, March 12, 7pm ET and Saturday, March 14, 12pm ET
Come meet the Hotel & Restaurant Management and Culinary Management Program Directors – Gaye Warren & Seth Selke -- in an open call in townhall forum! Feel free to introduce yourself and discuss anything that’s on your mind, concerns, questions, and ideas regarding your program experience including any Portfolio concerns.

eBooks in the Online Library
Sunday, March 15, 9pm ET
Attend this session to find out how to search, read, save, and download eBooks. The Art Institutes Online Library offers over 150,000 eBooks on a variety of subjects including culinary arts, technology, web design, fashion and more.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Chef Certification!
Thursday, March 19, 7pm ET
Join us for a presentation by faculty member Chef Collen Engle, CEC (Certified Executive Chef) and CCE (Certified Culinary Educator), to learn more about what is American Culinary Federation chef certification, the different levels available, what it represents, and how to achieve it. This workshop will also discuss the cost and the time needed to achieve certification.

Image and Video Collections in the Online Library
Thursday, March 19, 7pm ET
Become skilled at searching and selecting images, as well as printing, saving, and reviewing copyright information. Attend this workshop to learn how to get the most out of AP Images, Graphic Stock, Image Quest, and VideoBlocks. Learn how to access and download royalty free stock images, royalty free stock footage and motion backgrounds.

Sound and Audio Collections in the Online Library
Saturday, March 21, 2pm ET
Need royalty-free stock footage, sound effects, or production music for your school project? This workshop will show you how to search for and find these resources, and discuss how you can use these resources legally and ethically.

Web Design Q&A
Thursday, March 26, 8:30pm ET
Our Q&A Student Webinars are intended to provide greater insight and support in three key areas: Portfolio Prep, Freelance & Internships, and Web Design. Content and general discussion will be directed to Graphic Design/Digital Design students, but faculty members and students from other programs are welcome.

Weekly Meetings

Math LIVE!
Held Mondays, Thursdays, & Saturdays
Each webinar is a 60-minute informal study session with a full-time math faculty member in which you can ask math questions, enrich your grasp on the class material, and gain useful assignment guidance. By attending a Math LIVE! event, you may also be eligible to receive bonus points in your math course.

The Mad Professor's Drawing Room - Live Online with Nina Stanley
Held Sundays at 3pm ET, Wednesdays at 5pm ET and Fridays at 12pm ET
Login to your computer, put on your headset and take part in an open studio with faculty member Nina Stanley! Spend the first 20 minutes drawing short gestures, then work on a “long pose” for another 45 minutes or so. Come for the whole time or just for a little bit – the choice is yours!

International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
Held weekly on Wednesdays at 9pm ET
Learn more here about IGDA meetings and why all students interested in game design are encouraged to join!

Remember, you can register for all of these events and find pre-recorded events on the Events page in the Campus Common!

To request disability related accommodations for a virtual event please contact the event organizer in advance at jminnaugh@aii.edu.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division Featured in Military Advanced Education’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities

written by Georgia Schumacher 3 March 2015

MAE logoThe Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division is pleased to announce that we have been named a Top School in the Military Advanced Education’s (MAE) 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities for best practices in military and veteran education.

The MAE Guide, developed based on a questionnaire regarding military-friendly policies, is intended to inform students about schools that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid for veterans, flexibility, on-campus support, and online support services.

The 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities is available to search online at www.kmimediagroup.com.

As part of The Art Institutes system of schools, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division provides a broad array of programs in the areas of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary arts for active duty service members, reservists, veterans, military spouses, and families. Our online programs provide additional flexibility for military personnel who may be sent overseas during their study.

“The Art Institute of Pittsburgh–Online Division proudly offers educational opportunities for military members and veterans who have honorably served and their families,” said Kristen Woods, Regional Vice President at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. “We have a proud tradition and strong record of serving our nation’s veterans and their families and share a deep gratitude to the men and women who keep America safe. We are honored to be recognized for our military efforts among other premiere institutions of higher learning.”

In late 2014, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division also received the honor of being named a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® magazines.

To learn more about how we support the educational needs of military and veteran students, please visit http://new.artinstitutes.edu/admissions/details/militaryveterans.

Student Represents Phoenix, AZ, in Annual Photography Contest

written by Georgia Schumacher 27 February 2015

Lisa Hanard, a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, was selected to represent her city of Phoenix, AZ, in the photography division of the 6th Annual RAWards, moving on to the national stage of the competition! More than 15,000 artists across the country participate in the indie arts award competition each year.

The RAWards has a total of 9 categories, including visual artist, fashion designer, musician, filmmaker, hairstylist, makeup artist, photographer, performer, and accessories of the year.

The final winner in each category will be announced on Monday, March 2, 2015. Congratulations and good luck Lisa!

Check out some of Lisa’s amazing photographs:

Lisa Hanard with her photos

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See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/198 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Hell of A Good Time

written by Georgia Schumacher 20 February 2015

Jay HaneyBy Guest Blogger, Johnathon Haney
Bachelor of Science, Media Arts & Animation Student
International Game Developers Association member
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division

Saints Row IV: Gat Out of Hell, Deep Silver/Volition, Game Review

The Saints Row series started off as a Grand Theft Auto clone in its first two installments. But it’s since carved out its own unique niche by embracing the crazy.

Indeed, Saints Row IV went completely over the top in this regard, making references to everything from The Matrix and They Live to Streets of Rage and Metal Gear Solid. If you came for a serious storyline or gameplay that was a Mt. Everest of difficulty, you’re in the wrong spot. If anything, the Gat Out of Hell downloadable content (DLC) campaign takes the nuttiness of the main game to its logical conclusion.

The story is its usual state of thin: because the President of the United States (the main player character in Saints Row IV) has caused more death and destruction than any other human in history, the devil has decided to marry him to his daughter, Jezebel. After the devil snatches the President via a Ouija board at a birthday party for Kinzie Kensington (don’t ask), longtime right-hand man/hardcore thug Johnny Gat “persuades” the Ouija board to send him after his boss. The birthday girl herself, an ex-FBI agent, plays the birthday card to come along for the ride.

So what does this version of Hell look like? Well, it looks remarkably like a small portion of Steelport from the two previous main games, albeit with infernal trimmings. Husks of the damned wander the streets, demons patrol in monster trucks with police lights, and Shakespeare (yes, that Shakespeare) DJs a nightclub called the Tempest. There’s also a few old friends from previous games that you’ll run into…I’ll let you discover those on your own.

Like Saints Row IV, you do have your own set of powers, which in this case are powered by Lucifer’s cracked halo. A word of caution: while there is a resemblance to the powers of the main game, they operate in a completely different fashion here. This is especially true for the flying, where you have to learn how to soar on singed angel wings to get around.

There are plenty of infernal twists on the weaponry but the best has to be the Seven Deadly Weapons. Modeled on the Seven Deadly Sins, each of these are true to their vice, be it the armed recliner that is Armchair-Mageddon or the hideously expensive submachine gun called the Diamond Sting. Each of these Easter egg weapons can be found in an appropriate venue if you look for them.

To be fair, the main story is way too brief, even with the game’s leveling up mechanic of Satan’s Wrath. If a player just follows the main story path, they’ll be done within two hours easy. Still, there are 3 things to keep in mind with that caveat. First, it’s a freaking DLC, people! You want the next full game, wait with the rest of us. Second, the story cutscenes themselves are outrageously funny. Some details are glossed over courtesy of storybook narration provided by Jane Austen (again, don’t ask) but there is a musical sequence worthy of Mel Brooks or Matt Groening that could literally be called the Little Mermaid from Hell. It’s hard to get angry at a game that cracks those kinds of jokes.

Finally, there is just so much to do above and beyond the main story, be it the flying races that are Hellblazing, shaving off a few thousand years of damnation for husks with Torment Fraud, taking over teleportation spots at the Marshaling Grounds or knocking Tri-Omega frat boys into portals with Pledge Rush. The main story doesn’t even cover a tenth of these activities, so there’s plenty to explore.

All in all, if you’re looking for a twist on what you loved in Saints Row IV, this is the game for you…at least until we see Saints Row V!

The information and opinions expressed and/or any artwork displayed herein represent the independent opinions and ideas of the individual faculty, student and/or staff and do not represent the opinions or ideas of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division.

See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/204 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Tips for Getting Great Winter Landscape Photos

written by Georgia Schumacher 18 February 2015

Do you love snow-covered mountains and icy lakes? Spring will be here before we know it, and, for those of you in colder climates, there may only be a few weeks left to capture this breathtaking winter beauty.

Winter landscape photography can be fun and rewarding, but can also bring a unique set of challenges. These challenges include the need to find contrast and patterns in a snow-covered setting, to use appropriate exposure levels, and to protect yourself and your equipment from cold, snow, and dampness.

1. Expose Snow Correctly

Snowy landscapes are difficult to photograph well. In an attempt to avoid overexposure, camera settings often reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor, resulting in snow that looks drab and gray. Adding +1/3 or +2/3 exposure compensation forces the camera to let in more light, bringing the snow back to pure white, which can be very effective in high-contrast winter scenes.

2. Look for Contrasts and Patterns

Photos of winter landscapes need more than snow to make them interesting. Look for dark elements that contrast with the whiteness of the snow, such as evening shadows or the bare skeletons of trees, and include them in your composition. Also, keep an eye out for interesting patterns, such as criss-crossing branches, rocky features, rough tree bark, and long shadows, which can add texture to your photos. Landscape photography classes can teach you how to compose images to highlight the most interesting elements of a scene.

3. Stay Warm and Comfortable

You’re unlikely to take your best photographs if you are shivering and your fingers are numb with cold. Wrapping yourself up in gloves, a hat, and sturdy boots before heading out reduces the risk that you will have to cut your photography session short due to extreme cold. If you’re driving in snowy conditions to reach the perfect shooting location, bring a charged mobile phone, blankets, water, and snacks in case you break down and need to call for help.

4. Protect Your Equipment

Rapid transitions between very cold and warm environments can cause condensation to build up in your photography equipment. When you come in from a winter shoot, wrap your gear in a towel so that condensation can be absorbed as the equipment gradually warms to room temperature. This simple step protects your camera equipment from the harmful effects of moisture so that it will stay in good working condition for many seasons to come.

Interested in studying photography? Explore our photography programs!