Warhol graduates from Schenley High School and enrols in the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, where he studies painting and design. During the summers he works as a window dresser for a local department store.
After graduating, Warhol moves to Manhattan, and drops the final a from his surname. One of Warhol's first freelance jobs is at Glamour magazine. He becomes a successful commercial artist, working for most of the major fashion magazines throughout the 50s, doing album covers for Columbia Records, designing Christmas cards, book jackets and retail ad campaigns, including the now famous shoe ads for I Miller. He is so successful that he has to hire assistants, even enlisting the help of his mother, who moved to New York once Warhol was earning enough money to support them both.