You’re Invited: April Student Events

written by Georgia Schumacher 2 April 2015


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

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

Don’t Miss the 2014 Graphic Design Career Series

written by Georgia Schumacher 26 March 2014

With weekly webinars taking place from April 3, 2014 to May 1, 2014, the Graphic Design Department at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division announces the seventh annual Graphic Design Career Series. Each presentation is open to current students via GoToWebinar.

In 2014, this exciting event features top industry professionals and designers discussing critical industry topics as well as their creative inspiration. The discourse provides students with valuable insight to contemporary professional practice and career preparation. The talks will include:

Jenn Godbout 
Associate Director of Partnerships at Behance, part of the Adobe family
The Art of Self Promotion with Behance
Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm ET

Whether your goal is to work in-house at creative company, or build your own business as a freelancer – your online presence can make or break your career. Join Jenn Godbout from Behance, the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work, as she discusses what makes an online portfolio successful, why self-curation is so important and how to make the best first impression online.

Sumaya Kazi 
Founder and CEO of
How to Connect with the People You Don't Know, But Should
Thursday, April 10, 2014 | Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm ET

This insightful talk, How to Connect with the People You Don't Know, But Should will explore the power of networking. Sumaya will share her story of her path toward entrepreneurship, and how she utilized networking to become an award-winning entrepreneur. She will provide actionable insights on tools and ways to utilize networking to get ahead.

Bill Thorburn
Chief Executive Officer at The Thorburn Group
Branding as Storytelling
Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm ET

Bill has been honored to work with some of the world’s most prestigious brands: Coke, Harley Davidson, Disney, Formica, VH1, United Colors of Benetton, Nike, Porsche, LaCoste, Capital Records, and Hallmark. The work of Bill and his team has been consistently honored in every industry publication from Communication Arts to ID Magazine for the past 20 years, winning every award from a Cannes Lion to the prestigious Gold pencil. The topic of Bill’s talk is branding as storytelling.

Jeni Herberger 
Creative Pro Turned Corporate Guru and Founder of Creative Concepts
Creativity + Business
Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm ET

Jeni's talk, Creativity + Business, will address why creativity is a key skill in addressing today’s business challenges. Every designer must learn to approach the process with whole-brain thinking. Discover creative confidence – the natural ability to come up with new ideas and the courage to try them out. Learn the fundamentals of creative thinking and be introduced to tools that will spark inspiration and innovation.

Noreen Moiroka
Partner, AdamsMorioka, Inc
Being a Famous Designer is like being a Famous Dentist
Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm ET

If you Google Noreen Morioka, most likely this quote will come up many times. This was one of her answers 15 years ago when a student asked what it was like to be a famous designer. In her presentation, Noreen will share how, together with Sean Adams, they built AdamsMorioka on the simple test of who and what is the right project to work on. She'll share shortcuts to succeeding with clients, professional advice on building a business, and, most importantly, knowing who you are and where you should be headed. Plus Noreen has a few strong pirate jokes just in case you get bored.

Space for each presentation is limited. Register today using the Campus Common Events Calendar!

A Look at the Future of Fashion and Retail Management

written by Georgia Schumacher 6 March 2012

Welcome to part 5 in our series looking at the future of some of the occupational fields related to our programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. Today we’re going to take a look at some trends in outlooks in the field of Fashion & Retail Management.

The fashion & retail industries are incredibly dynamic – from season to season new styles, trends and consumer behaviors emerge. It is the fashion & retail managers who have the sense for style and business savvy it requires to keep their business successful in this constantly evolving marketplace.

On the retail side of things, just as with the other industries we’ve profiled, the Internet and its associated technologies are changing everything for the industry. As the consumer adapts their behavior, retailers have to follow suit, as laid out in this Fast Company article describing the future of retail:

“The value of the local store for physical goods is continually evolving, driven by changes in distribution infrastructures. Recently, we have witnessed a shift in retail from physical to experiential, where the currency of value is the experience. However, we are only at the beginning of an economy driven by virtual goods.”

It is this shift to the experiential that will have a big impact, as the article continues:

“Designing these new shopping experiences is not just about immediate sales but about creating opportunities to facilitate impulse purchases, up-sell, and cross-sell. The challenge is in constructing a seamless shopping experience that integrates the in-store, transactional, and post-sale goals. The experiences must converge to promote discovery in-store and the continuation of the sales process at home or on-the-go.”

So, as retailers, and especially those involved in fashion retailers, what could some of those experiences revolve around? According to a popular fashion blogger Yuli Ziv, there are some interesting developments arising:

“Some of the main trends we will see developing in online retail going forward are 1) Gaming – introducing game-like elements into the shopping experience, 2) Customization – using the new technologies to narrow the choices, 3) Consumer involvement in all aspects of the collections – from design to funding and 4) Single product focus – Burberry has started the trend with claiming the trench as their iconic product with their Art of the Trench.”

Another rapidly emerging trend in Fashion is the idea of sustainability – recognizing the impact that the fashion industry has on the environment – and all of us - and working to improve it. As the CEO of Levi Strauss told the “Forum for the Future”:

“For the fashion industry to be sustainable economically, it must be sustainable socially and environmentally too. These provocative scenarios challenge all of us to look beyond the short term and use our collective power to work to create the kind of positive world we’d like to see in 2025.”

John Anderson, president and chief executive officer of Levi Strauss & Co.

With Fashion & Retail Management touching so many different areas, it’s a good plan to take a look at the industry while considering your choice to pursue a degree in it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics can be a good source of information on different career paths within the industry, see here and here, or you may want to read more about the Fashion & Retail Management Degree Program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division.

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


A Look at the Future of Video Game Design

written by Georgia Schumacher 27 February 2012

Welcome to part 4 in our series looking at the future of some of the occupational fields related to our program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. Today we’re going to take a look at some trends in outlooks in the field of Video Game Art & Design.

The video game industry is a rapidly growing one, with “spending on video game hardware and games in 2011 was expected to exceed $74 billion, up from $67 billion on games in 2010,” according to report issued by Gartner, the technology research company, and covered in the New York Times. Furthermore, Gartner says that the industry is expected to continue to grow, “with game-related spending reaching $112 billion by 2015.”

What does this growth mean for the future of the game design profession? As you can imagine, many experts think opportunities will only continue to grow along with the industry. According to the Entertainment Software Association:

“A recent study, "Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2010 Report," detailed the impact that computer and video game companies have on America's economy. The report stated:

  • From 2005 to 2010, the entertainment software industry's revenue more than doubled. Over the same period, the entire U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) only grew by about 16%.
  • The entertainment software industry added nearly $5 billion to the U.S. GDP in 2009.

The U.S. entertainment software industry also continues to function as a vital source of employment. Currently, video game companies directly and indirectly employ more than 120,000 people in 34 states.”

As we look into the future, what part of the video game industry is expected to dominate the future? According to Gartner, look to mobile:

“But the fastest growth is likely to come in mobile gaming, said Tuong Nguyen, principal research analyst at Gartner and co-author of the report, in an e-mail interview. He predicted that the sales and use of hand-held gaming consoles, including those made by Sony or Nintendo, would slow as young gamers opted for a smartphone or tablet instead of a dedicated gaming device.”

The video game industry doesn’t seem to be slowing down, might it be a field that you’re interested in? To learn more, visit our Game Art & Design degree page, read more from the Entertainment Software Association, or read the full article we referenced earlier in the New York Times.