Introducing Our Portfolio Gallery (And 5 Reasons to Start Using It Today!)

written by Georgia Schumacher 27 January 2015

We’re excited to announce that The Art Institutes has partnered with Behance ─ the largest online portfolio site ─ to create a dynamic new portfolio gallery. As a student or an alum, you’ll now have the opportunity to share your work with one another, with clients, and with potential employers on one easy-to-access platform.

Portfolio site

Here are 5 great reasons to create a profile on the site and use it regularly!

1. Gain Exposure for Your Work

After putting your blood, sweat, and tears into your pieces, you owe it to yourself to give your work the exposure it deserves. Gain a following by uploading your work to the site to let everyone see what you’re capable of creating!

2. Connect with Potential Employers

Your creative talents can take you far in life, so join the site to showcase these skills to potential employers. Hiring managers, recruiters, and potential clients are checking out the works of art on display, so don’t miss your chance to get discovered.

3. See What Your Peers are Doing

A lot of very talented people teach at, currently attend, and have graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh ─ Online Division. Check out the amazing pieces created by these members of your creative community and get inspired by the incredible works they’ve produced.

4. Manage Your Online Portfolio

It’s important to keep on your online presence up-to-date, but with so many different places to upload your work, this task can be daunting. Combat this by managing your online portfolio here and syncing it with your other existing accounts on sites like Behance and LinkedIn.

5. Get in Touch with Other Creatives

Whether you’re looking for someone to partner with on a project or simply want advice from an established professional, use the site to contact students and alumni with any questions you have about their work, creative inspirations or for advice on getting started in a particular industry.

11 Apps to Try This Month

written by Georgia Schumacher 15 January 2015

Person using phoneThe world of technology has created numerous platforms for artists to practice their craft and share their work through social media.

Mobile apps offer limitless potential for those who aspire to broaden their skill sets, and these 12 apps -- most of which are available at no cost-- are all worth a look.

1. Loop

Art and design students who'd like to play with animation will adore Loop. The app allows users to create animations and GIFs with frame duplication, specialized tools and sketching capabilities.
Cost: $0.99

2. 2Do

This application certainly lives up to its name by keeping you on top of that hectic and never-ending to-do list. Manage projects, notes, and deadlines with its helpful interface and timely notifications.
Cost: $0

3. Brushes

Convenient and fun, this mobile painting application gives you access to a brush and canvas any time and anywhere with the availability of your iPad.
Cost: $0.

4. Glitche

This innovative app allows you to transform ordinary pictures into pixelated artwork that you can easily turn into shareable GIFs.
Cost: $0.99

5. Artsy

This app earns its reputation for being "the art world in your pocket." Much like Pinterest, Artsy allows you to browse or keyword search artwork to constantly discover new concepts, genres and emerging talents.
Cost: $0

6. Popplet

Popplet is ideal for brainstorming your way through the creative process either individually or as part of a team. Concept maps can be shared among fellow students along with images, comments, and feedback.
Cost: $0

7. ScatterBrain

Let's face it: creative types aren't exactly known for their organizational prowess. Fortunately, ScatterBrain allows you to label and search important dates, deadlines, and notes.
Cost: $0.99

8. Tayasui Sketches

This artsy app affords users an interface with watercolor, charcoal, architecture and illustration features for a broad spectrum of possibilities.
Cost: $0

9. Penultimate

Creative writers and busy students alike will enjoy this note-taking app that saves notes in a searchable database and artfully depicts your unique penmanship for a personalized touch.
Cost: $0

10. Keezy

Musicians can create melodies on the go with this handy app that allows you to record, save, and mix sounds.
Cost: $0

11. The Art Institutes App

Our mobile app, available on the App Store and Google Play, makes it easier than ever to access your classroom on the go, and also helps you to stay on top of important dates and information!
Cost: $0

8 Steps to Overcoming Your Fear of Failure in 2015

written by Georgia Schumacher 13 January 2015

Overcoming Fear on Tightrope

2015 is here, and whether you are currently pursuing a creative arts career or interested in taking this path, you probably have set related goals for the New Year. Perhaps you want to start a freelance photography business. Maybe you want to put together a stellar portfolio website. Possibly, you've decided to continue your education and expand your current knowledge and skills. Whatever it is, don't let your fear get in the way.

The fear of failure destroys focus and cripples talent. Don't defeat yourself by succumbing to it. There's a light at the end of the tunnel of perseverance: success!

1. Imagine your success

Wash that fear away by first envisioning your resolution coming true. Picture completing the kitchen you wish to design. Imagine that comic strip finished and ready for publishing. Get it in your mind that your goals can be achieved by imagining your success.

2. Get to work

You may think you lack what it takes to complete the task, but don't let that fear of failure stop you from trying. Take action, start working, and see what happens.

3. Take risks

Don't be afraid to take a risk or try something new. It could open more opportunities for and even lead to new and improved goals. You never know how high you can fly if you don't take risks.

4. Understand failure is inevitable

Nearly every person fails sometime on their road to success. Realize that you may hit a few speed bumps or you may have to start over once or twice. Just know that failure doesn't mean you can't reach the destination. It only means that there's still work to do.

5. View failure as a learning opportunity

When you fail, try to see what you need to fix, where you need to improve, and what you need to learn. This important data will help you do better next time.

6. Stay determined

Stay determined and persistent. Don't lose sight of the end goal of success.

7. Get help

Don't be afraid to ask for help. Maybe others see things differently and can provide the insight that will lead to a breakthrough.

8. Fail until you succeed

Keep working at it and go through these steps until you reach your goal. Success won't be instantaneous. Rather, it's a result of working hard, accepting failure, and making changes, until you finally get it right. Keep moving forward and you will eventually arrive at success.

By the Numbers: The Class of 2014

written by Georgia Schumacher 9 January 2015

At the start of every New Year, it’s always worthwhile to reflect on and celebrate what you accomplished last year. Last year, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division had a lot to celebrate—including 1,394 graduates!

By the Numbers

By the program

In 2014, 77% of our graduates earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, whereas 23% of our graduates earned a certificate or diploma. Below are the top 5 programs with the most graduates:

1. Associate of Science in Graphic Design with 360 graduates
2. Associate of Science in Photography with 217 graduates
3. Associate of Science in Web Design & Interactive Media with 137 graduates
4. Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design with 93 graduates
5. Digital Design Diploma with 88 graduates

By states

While we had graduates from across the United States, the following states accounted for the largest numbers of our students:

1. Pennsylvania (108)
2. California (104)
3. Texas (102)
4. Ohio (94)
5. Florida (73)

By military status

137 of our graduates (almost 10%!) were affiliated with the US military in some manner, including veterans and active duty military members. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division extends our sincerest gratitude for all that these individuals have done for our country!

By age & gender

Last year, around 68% of our graduates were female. Our diverse graduates ranged in age from 19 to 72, with the average age of our 2014 graduates being 35.

What’s next?

Are you a 2014 graduate? Be sure to stay connected on LinkedIn, Ai Alumni Connections, and our social media sites! We’re so excited to hear about everything you accomplish!

Graduating in 2015? The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division will host its Commencement Ceremony Friday, June 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Graduates from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division are also eligible to participate in any one of our local campus Commencement ceremonies across the country. Please contact your Career Services Advisor for details.

If you’re considering a creative arts education, request more information today!

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

7 Tips for Getting Started in the Creative Arts

written by Georgia Schumacher 5 January 2015

ImageryThe New Year has officially arrived! There’s no better time to evaluate your current situation and set goals for the year ahead. If you’ve been dreaming about a career in the creative arts, make 2015 the year you turn your vision into a reality.

Use the following 7 tips to jumpstart your future in the creative arts this year.

1. Volunteer Your Time

Gain valuable experience and help out a great cause by volunteering your services to a charitable organization. Use the work you do for the charity to build your profile and establish a name for yourself. This is also a great way to make valuable connections that could help to advance your career.

2. Join Relevant Professional Associations

Many professional organizations offer discounted memberships to students, so this is your chance to start networking! Join as many relevant organizations as you can and attend their networking mixers, workshops, and other events to build your professional network.

3. Seek Internship Opportunities

An internship is a great way to gain on-the-job experience in your field. Some companies may pay you for your time, while others will not, but the chance to gain real-world experience that you can put on your resume is invaluable. Many companies even extend full-time job offers to interns that make a great impression! Current students can use our Career Resources to get started.

4. Find a Mentor

Is there a seasoned professional in your field that you really admire? If so, ask them to be your mentor. Meet with the person every opportunity you can learn more about becoming successful in the industry and gain useful insights on your work that can help to boost your career. Your mentor can also serve as a valuable connection during your job search.

5. Create a Robust Online Presence

Position yourself as an up-and-coming professional by maintaining a strong online presence. Create a personal website or online portfolio showcasing your work and your unique skillset. Make sure to include your contact information so it’s easy to get in touch with you. Use popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to market yourself and connect with other industry professionals. Students at any of The Art Institutes schools can use Behance to share their work – learn more here.

6. Tailor Applications to Fit Each Specific Job

Go the extra mile when applying for jobs or internships and customize your application to fit each specific position. Try to find the name of the hiring manager to personally address your cover letter, include the exact job title, and explain why your creative skills would be an asset to the organization.

7. Stay True to Yourself

It takes a lot of time and energy to build your personal brand, so don’t be afraid to turn down work that doesn’t align with your values. When you’re just starting out, it can be tempting to take on any project you can get your hands on, but that isn’t necessarily the best approach. It may take a little longer to build the right client base, but patience is a virtue when your professional reputation is at stake.