PF Spring 2018


School of Filmmaking and Photography Course Catalog - Spring 2018

Visual arts classes for adults, youth, and families

Filmmaking Animatics Directing Producing Photography

Screenwriting Editing Film Studies Photoshop After Effects

Film Processing Cyanotypes Drones Lighting TV Writing


JAN - MAY 2018

Table of Contents

Welcome to Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Letter from John Cantine, Director, Pittsburgh Filmmakers School


Table of Contents

Pittsburgh Filmmakers School of

Filmmaking & Photography

About Us, Locations, Dates to Remember


Film, Digital, and Video Courses 07 - 09

Visit us online at

Photography Courses 10 - 11

Student Opportunities

Independent Study and Internships


Workshops/Short Courses 13

Certificate Program 14

Registration Information 15 - 16

© 2018 PF/PCA. All rights reserved.


Welcome to the 2018 Spring semester at the

Pittsburgh Filmmakers School!

We’re excited to bring you a new slate of hands-on courses in filmmaking

and photography. If you’re looking for semester-long accredited courses,

check out pages 6 - 11.


If you want to start making movies but have no experience, we have 6

different sections of Motion Picture Fundamentals (pg 7). If you think

writing might be your thing, try Introduction to Screenwriting (pg 8).

If you want to begin studying photography you can try Basic Digital

Photography or Black and White Photography 1 (pg 10).

If you’re a more advanced student, we have some exciting new (or newish)

courses this semester. Richard Kelly is teaching Business of Photography

and Multimedia (pg 11). Jeff Monahan is teaching Write-Act-Produce-

Direct and Seminar in Screenwriting (pg 9). Jayla Patton offers a brandnew

course, Storyboarding and Animatics (pg 8). T.R. Garman brings back

the popular Drones for Photo and Video (pg 8) course. Jeffrey Krsul is

teaching Non-silver Printing (pg 11) , and I’m teaching our new capstone

filmmaking course, Writing and Producing the Short Script (pg 7).

About PF

Who we are

Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA) is a community-based institution that

offers accredited and non-accredited visual arts courses, access to equipment and studio space, fellowship

and exhibition programs, a robust screening program that includes the annual Three Rivers Film Festival, a

Youth Media program featuring media arts classes for children ages 5-17, and sales of work by our artist

members in our on-site shop. Annually PF/PCA serves 100,000 individuals of all ages.

The Pittsburgh Filmmakers School offers courses in filmmaking, photography, video production, digital

media, and the history and theory of all of those forms. Whether you’re a traditional college student or

looking for an alternative education, The Filmmakers School has a program for you. Our goal is to help

you develop a strong aesthetic, analytical, and technical foundation on which you can build as you become

working artists and professionals. College students and independent students can enroll in our collegelevel

classes. The Pittsburgh Filmmakers School is an accredited institutional member of the National

Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and is licensed by the State Board of Private License


Dates to Remember

Discount Deadline: December 28,

2017 (see details on page 15)

Semester begins: January 5, 2018

Semester ends: April 23, 2018

No Class:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 15, 2018

Spring Break: March 5 - 10, 2018

Easter Weekend: March 30 - 31, 2018

About Pittsburgh Filmmakers

On page 13 you’ll see some shorter, less formal workshops that can help

you to use your DSLR camera, make a Wordpress website, or learn what it

takes to produce a reality TV show.

Open Houses:

(details on page 16)

Filmmakers and photographers are the storytellers for our time, making

images that allow viewers to see the world in a new way. The Pittsburgh

Filmmakers School allows you to join in, to

create your own work under the guidance of

experienced professionals. I hope you can join us

this semester.

February 22, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30pm

April 21, 2018, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Where we are

Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Center for the Arts School

John Cantine

Director, Pittsburgh Filmmakers School

School, Administration, Equipment

Office, Melwood Screening Room

477 Melwood Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

(412) 681-5449

Galleries, Special Events, PCA Shop

6300 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15232

(412) 361-0873

1047 Shady Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15232

(412) 361-0455

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Film, Digital, and Video

Film, Digital, and Video

Motion Picture


Prerequisite: None / 42 classroom hours

FLM 101 A Mon 6:00 - 9:00 Smith

FLM 101 B Mon 2:00 - 5:00 Bonev

FLM 101 C Tue 6:00 - 9:00 Abrams

FLM 101 D Thu 2:00 - 5:00 Zavala

FLM 101 E Fri 10:00 - 1:00 Bugaj

FLM 101 F Sat 10:00 - 1:00 Zavala




This is your introduction to big screen (and

small screen) production! You’ll shoot digital

video, photographs, and motion picture

film to learn everything you ever wanted to

know about moviemaking. Together, we’ll

cover all the key concepts of photographic

expression, including lighting, composition,

camerawork, editing, and storytelling.

All equipment is provided, including HD

camcorders, 16mm film cameras, and

digital editing stations. Grading is based on

student projects and written exams.

Motion Picture Fundamentals

Video Production 1

Prerequisite: Motion Picture Fundamentals / 42 classroom hours

VID 115 A Thu 6:00 - 9:00 Koleck

VID 115 B Wed 2:00 - 5:00 Wormsley

Want to learn production, from start

to finish? This course will help you

understand how to design, shoot, and

edit high-definition video, from digital

camera operation, lighting, audio recording,

scripting, non-linear editing, special effects,

and audio mixing. We’ll give you several

shooting and editing assignments that help

you understand how to work better behind

the camera and in the editing suite, and then

you’ll make a short film of your own design.

Grading is based on the quality of work

produced and on written exams.

Video Production 2

Prerequisite: Video Production 1 / 42 classroom hours

VID 212 A Wed 6:00 - 9:00 Cantine

This advanced-level class will help you

develop your style, while creating more

ambitious work and improving your

technical skills, including digital postproduction.

You’ll learn non-linear editing,

color correction, and final output, as well as

advanced camera work and how to integrate

advanced lighting and audio recording. This

knowledge will be used to make a single

polished, high-quality short film. Grading is

based on the quality of work produced and

performance on written exams.

Writing and

Producing the

Short Script

Prerequisite: Video Production 2 / 42 classroom hours

FLM 308 A Tue 6:00 - 9:00 Cantine

This is a capstone class where you use

everything you’ve learned so far to create a

short film good enough to send to festivals

or show online. Through script workshops,

pre-production reviews, and critique of

rough cuts, the instructor will mentor you

through the filmmaking process. Grading

is based on the quality of work produced,

the quality and timeliness of intermediate

stages, and a written production journal.

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Filmmaking Intensive cohort

Introduction to

Digital Editing

Technical Directing

Prerequisite: Motion Picture Fundamentals / 42 classroom hours

Drones for Photo &


Storyboarding and


Prerequisite: Motion Picture Fundamentals or Introduction to

Digital Editing / 42 classroom hours

DIG 219 A Tue 6:00 - 9:00 Patton

Animatics are a way for filmmakers and

animators to try out an idea without

having to shoot it. In this course, you’ll

create animatics for film, videogames

or animation. Utilizing stock imagery,

3D models, and drawings, students will

create moving storyboards, and learn how

to use Adobe Creative Cloud software

to compile those boards into animatics.

Drawing skills are not required in order to

succeed. Students may collaborate or work

individually. Considerable outside work is

necessary. All equipment is provided but

students pay for their own art supplies and

media expenses.

Introduction to


Prerequisite: None / 42 classroom hours

FLM 228 A Tue 2:00 - 5:00 Heidekat

FLM 228 B Wed 6:00 - 9:00 Heidekat

This course will give you the skills you need

to help you kick off that screenplay you’ve

been dreaming of. In it, you’ll cover all the

screenwriting basics, including: story,

structure, scene, character, dialogue, and

action. We cover both documentary and

fiction storytelling. Considerable outside

work is necessary. Grading is based on

the quality of the writing assignments,

homework, and class participation.



Prerequisite: None / 42 classroom hours

FLM 120 A Tue 6:00 - 9:00 Monahan

Filmmaking is a collaborative art form.

Understanding inter-related disciplines is

crucial to making a successful film. Writers

need to know what it takes to produce a

particular sequence; directors need to

know how to talk to actors; producers

need to be able to stay true to a script

while maintaining their budget; actors

must be able to read scripts for action, and

they need to understand the psychology

of directors. Students will experience a

little bit of every discipline in this course,

spending three weeks dedicated to each

area and the final two weeks of the term

pulling it all together. Grading is based on

assignments and class participation.

Film, Digital, and Video

Prerequisite: None / 42 classroom hours

DIG 112 A Mon 6:00 - 9:00 Hosking

This is your chance to get familiar with all

of the opportunities technology gives us

for manipulating still images, sound, and

motion pictures. You’ll be introduced to

the Macintosh Operating System, Adobe

Premiere, and Adobe Photoshop. Grading is

based on assignments, a written exam and

class participation.



Prerequisite: Motion Picture Fundamentals / 42 classroom hours

VID 320 A Tue 6:00 - 9:00 Zavala

This course guides you through the planning,

shooting, and editing of a documentary. You

will build onto your existing production skills

by learning techniques unique to non-fiction

film, such as vérité (observational) shooting,

interviewing, and using archival material. The

class will consider the ethics of presenting real

people on screen. In addition to production,

you will analyze recent documentaries, in order

to understand how reality can be presented in

cinematically potent ways. Grading is based on

practical exercises, writing, a final project, and

class participation.

FLM 225 A Tue 6:00 - 9:00 Watt

You want to learn how to design and

direct motion pictures—and we want to

teach you. We’ll cover the relationship

between film and reality, the meaning of

cinematic techniques, continuity, shot

selection, cut selection, and visualization.

Extensive outside work is necessary,

including attending current films to discuss

directorial issues.

Digital Effects and


Prerequisite: Video Production 1 / 42 classroom hours

DIG 345 A Thu 6:00 - 9:00 Mougianis

In this course, you’ll manipulate and combine

video, photographs, graphics, text, and more

to tell a story. Most work will be done using

Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Photoshop

CC and Illustrator CC. You’ll learn how to make

effective moving title sequences, and use

transparency, masking, and chroma keying to

do simple visual effects shots. Grading is based

on assignments, exams and class participation.

Prerequisite: None / 42 classroom hours

VID 125 A Thu 6:00 - 9:00 Garman

Using a UAV (“Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” or

“drone”), a filmmaker or photographer can get

amazing shots, but safe operation is a must.

In this course, you will learn how to assemble

and fly a UAV and practice shooting effective

moving and still images. The course will cover

specific components of the UAV, cameras and

camera stabilization systems, safe handling,

legal requirements and protocol, and flying to

get the best shot possible. It is recommended

but not required that students be prepared

to purchase a ready-to-fly UAV early in the

semester; the instructor will suggest specific

models in the first class session.



Prerequisite: Video Production 1 / 42 classroom hours

VID 317 A Thu 6:00 - 9:00 Caloiero

This course will cover advanced video

technology and professional techniques

of videography, featuring professionalquality

video cameras. Emphasis will

be placed on image quality, meeting

broadcast specifications for video and

audio, and double-system audio recording.

Grading will be based on written exams,

in-class production exercises, and an oral

presentation. Though students will be

asked to shoot video in class, this is not a

production course.

Script Analysis

Prerequisite: Introduction to Screenwriting / 42 classroom hours

FLM 328 A Wed 6:00 - 9:00 Monahan

Study the narrative structures and plot

devices used to create satisfying film

stories. You’ll view and discuss films and

complex screenplays in order to examine

plot development, characterization, theme

and sub-plots. Each week, you will analyze a

number of scripts, focusing on the transition

of a story from script to screen. The final

project will be an in-depth written analysis

of a script and film, highlighting all major

areas of the narrative. Considerable outside

work is necessary. Grading is based on

written analysis and class participation.

Seminar in


Prerequisite: Advanced Screenplay Workshop or permission / 42

classroom hours

FLM 428 A Mon 6:00 - 9:00 Monahan

This course is designed for students with

extensive writing experience. It provides

the opportunity for writers to rework

a completed feature length script or

create a new screenplay. Students who

intend to rewrite an existing piece must

bring their completed screenplay to the

first class. Students intending to create

a new screenplay must have the Story

Pitch prepared for the first class session.

Class time will include readings, critiques

and discussions of all work in progress.

Extensive outside writing is required.

Grades are based on class participation and

ongoing written assignments.

Video Thesis 2

Prerequisite: Video Thesis 1 / 42 classroom hours

VID 404 A By Appointment Staff

This course is a direct continuation of

your project from Video Thesis 1. You will

edit and complete all post-production for

your video shot during Thesis 1. In order

to complete this course, you must have an

exhibition-quality digital video master, and

show your video in an approved Pittsburgh

Filmmakers Thesis Screening. Grading

is based on the quality of the student’s

finished work and the ability to meet


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Photo by Jeremy Guttman, student

Studio Lighting

Prerequisite: Black and White Photography 2 or Intermediate

Digital Photography or permission / 42 classroom hours

PHT 251 A Wed 6:00 - 9:00 Kelly

Non-silver Printing

Prerequisite: Black and White Photography 2 / 42 classroom


PHT 304 A Tue 6:00 - 9:00 Krsul

Sequence and Series:

The Photobook

Prerequisite: Intermediate Digital Photography or Portrait Photography

or permission / 42 classroom hours


Step into the studio with this advanced

photography course. You will utilize artificial

lighting techniques, including hot lights and

electronic flash units. Both film and digital

capture will be discussed in class along with

topics such as painting with light, lighting

ratios and character studies. Assignments

include white background portraiture,

environmental portraiture and a variety

of still life set-ups. Considerable outside

work is required to complete assignments.

Grading is based on attendance,

assignments and your final portfolio.

19th-century photographers introduced

methods of processing photos that

created beautiful, evocative images. Many

contemporary photographers still use these

processes in their work, and you can too. You

will learn to make enlarged digital negatives,

mix chemicals from original formulas and

hand-coat the light sensitive emulsions

on watercolor paper. Processes examined

include cyanotype, Gum Bichromate, Van

Dyke brown printing and Palladium printing.

After exploring all processes, students

choose one technique for their final project.

Grading is based on attendance, the quality

of completed assignments and the final


PHT 313 A Wed 6:00 - 9:00 Staff

Collect and bind your photographs into a

unique work of art. Using both traditional

bookbinding techniques and on-demand

printing sources, you’ll sequence and

organize photos for a finished photobook.

You’ll create a minimum of two books, one

that is unique and personal, and another

that can be produced in greater numbers.

Topics covered include layout, sequencing,

storytelling, design, digital image

workflow, and basic bookmaking skills.

We’ll study contemporary photography

books for concept, content, style, and

structure. Grading is based on attendance,

participation, and completed projects.

Basic Digital


Prerequisite: None / 42 classroom hours

PHT 120 A Wed 6:00 - 9:00 Sambrick

Want to begin exploring the world of

photography, but not quite sure where to

start? This class will help you find your unique

photographic style, with practical exploration

of camera controls, print quality, composition,

and subject matter. You’ll learn how to talk

about photography, with an examination

of both contemporary and historical

photographers. Over the semester, you’ll cover

exposure, quality of light, Adobe Lightroom for

digital file management, image manipulation,

and digital printing. Students should have their

own camera; a few digital SLRs will be available

for use during the semester. Grading is based

on assignments, written exams and a final


Black and White

Photography 1

Prerequisite: None / 42 classroom hours

PHT 111 A Wed 6:00 - 9:00 Tohara

PHT 111 B Sat 10:00 - 1:00 Kelly

If you’re curious about the timeless artistry

of photography, get shooting with our fleet

of 35mm cameras. During your 14 weeks

in our darkrooms, you will learn how to

make an exposure and how to craft it into a

photographic print. You will experiment with

depth of field, light as subject, the self portrait

and portraiture. Students are expected to

purchase their own film and photographic

paper. Grading is based on assignments,

written exams and a final portfolio.

Advanced Digital


Prerequisite: Intermediate Digital Photography or permission / 42

classroom hours

PHT 320 A Thu 6:00 - 9:00 Vitone

This course picks up where Intermediate

Digital Photography lets off, and offers

advanced photographic concepts needed to

expand your process of building an exhibition

quality portfolio. Through regular shooting

assignments and group critiques, your personal

vision will be fully developed and explored.

Editing, sequencing work, and inkjet printing

are a large part of classwork. Using Adobe

Photoshop CC, you will learn to make complex

selection and color corrections, advanced

layering and masking principles. Considerable

outside work is required to complete

assignments. Grading is based on attendance,

assignments and your final portfolio.

Business of

Photography and


Prerequisite: None / 42 classroom hours

PFM 123 A Mon 6:00 - 9:00 Kelly

Learn the basics of professional business

practices as they relate to photography and

multimedia markets, including: Editorial,

Advertising, Weddings, Portraits, and Fine

Art Photography. You’ll learn to research

and apply basic marketing principles so that

you can successfully promote yourself as

a professional photographer, and create

a strategy for marketing and sales goals

including: a website, promo materials,

and business cards to use in day-to-day

business. We’ll also cover branding, blogs,

SEO-data analytics, artist statements,

production proposals, copyright, licensing,

and business practices and etiquette.

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Independent Study in

Film, Photography or

Digital Media

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor / Classroom hours TBD classroom hours


In addition to our full semester courses, PF/PCA offers non-accredited workshops in digital media. These

short courses range from 1 day to weekly over the course of several weeks. Please note, some of these

workshops take place on our Pittsburgh Center for the Arts campus.

Independent Study & Internships / Workshops

FLM 299 A

VID 299 A

PHT 299 A

DIG 299 A

By appointment

By appointment

By appointment

By appointment

Are you an advanced student looking to study film or

video production, photography, or digital media? Think

about an independent study! Secure the permission of

your preferred instructor, write a preliminary proposal,

discuss your proposal with your instructor, and finalize it

by completing an Independent Study Contract.


Internships in Film,

Photography or Digital


Digital Editing with

Adobe Premiere

3 Wednesdays Jan 10 - 24 6:30pm - 9:30pm PCA

3 Wednesdays Mar 14 - 28 6:30pm - 9:30pm PCA

$125 members / $150 non-members

Adobe Premiere is one of the world’s most

powerful and versatile video editing tools.

Want to learn how to use it better? We’ll

teach you how to edit, plus manage your

media and workflow. We’ll also view scenes

from contemporary movies and talk about

editing aesthetics, match-cutting, pacing,

and creating structure for a scene.

This class takes place at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Shooting with Your

Digital Camera

3 Thursdays Jan 11 - 25 6:30pm - 9:30pm PCA

3 Saturdays Jan 13 - 27 10:00am - 1:00pm PF

3 Thursdays Apr 12 - 26 6:30pm - 9:30pm PCA

3 Saturdays Apr 14 - 28 10:00am - 1:00pm PF

$125 members / $150 non-members

Looking to understand all the functions

on your digital camera better? Let’s get

creative! We’ll teach you how to use your

camera’s advanced features while gaining

an understanding of how to compose

a shot and use light to produce quality

photographs. Please bring your own DSLR

or mirrorless camera to class.

Thursdays at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Saturdays at Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Animating in 3D

6 Saturdays Feb 3 - Mar 10 10:00am - 1:00pm PF

$195 members / $220 non-members

Delve into the basics of 3D animation! In

this introductory course, students will

learn about 3D animation using pre-built

character models, rigs, and sets. Students

will work in Maya, a comprehensive 3D

animation program used around the world

for game design and film creation.

This class takes place at Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Prerequisite: Permission of Internship Coordinator / Classroom hours TBD.

FLM 299 A

VID 299 A

PHT 299 A

DIG 299 A

By appointment

By appointment

By appointment

By appointment

Thinking about starting a career in the media arts? We

may be able to help you set up an internship! You’ll have

the opportunity to work with independent media artists,

film, video, audio, or television production companies,

or to work with art directors, gallery curators,

photographers, and printers while earning college credit

(3 or 6 hours).

Before registering, interested students should contact

the Internship Coordinator, Will Zavala, at wzavala@

Producing Reality TV

6 Mondays Jan 22 - Feb 26 6:00pm - 9:00pm PF

$195 members / $220 non-members

Discover what it takes to produce reality

TV. From casting to budgeting to creating a

sizzle reel, this course will introduce you to

the world of unscripted television and the

project management skills required of all

media producers. Each week, you’ll have the

opportunity to chat with a different industry

player—an executive producer of ‘Lip

Sync Battle’, a casting producer for ‘Miami

Ink,’ or another experienced professional.

Prior experience with video production is

suggested, but not required.

Archival Photo


1 Saturday February 10 10:30am - 1:30pm PF

1 Saturday April 14 10:30am - 1:30pm PF

$70 members / $95 non-members

Are your cherished photographs getting

old and discolored? Learn how to digitize

with our flatbed scanners! We’ll cover

scan-to-print workflow with Photoshop, and

even delve into some basic photography

techniques that will help you next time you

go out and shoot. Cost includes one print per


Welcome to


1 Saturday February 17 1:00pm - 4:00pm PCA

$70 members / $95 non-members

Need to create a digital portfolio or simple

website? Learn how to begin designing your

own website using Wordpress, one of the

most user-friendly platforms out there. We’ll

cover workflow, design elements, and some

simple coding concepts for those looking to

get more in-depth with web design. No prior

experience required, but feel free to bring

any images, files, etc. that you’d like to get


This class takes place at Pittsburgh Filmmakers

This class takes place at Pittsburgh Filmmakers

This class takes place at Pittsburgh Filmmakers

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Want to earn a Certificate in Digital Video or Photography? Consider completing a program of twelve full-length

required courses (504 total classroom hours).

Any student wishing to apply to a Pittsburgh Filmmakers Certificate Program must complete an application form and

submit it to the Registrar. The applicant must submit EITHER high school transcripts or copy of diploma (proof of G.E.D.

is acceptable), OR proof of college or university acceptance, registration, or graduation. We also require a short written

statement regarding your goals. Active certificate students receive free access membership which extends for one

year after successful completion, and are assigned an advisor from the Pittsburgh Filmmakers faculty.

The course requirements for the respective Certificate Programs are as follows:

Digital Video

(504 total classroom hours)

Core Requirements

Motion Picture Fundamentals

Video Production 1

Video Production 2

Electronic Cinematography

Video Thesis 1

Video Thesis 2

Technical Theory Electives


Introduction to Screenwriting

Script Development

Advanced Screenplay Workshop

Sound for Film and Video

Advanced Digital Editing Techniques

Lighting for Film and Video

Producing for Film and Video

Technical Directing

Directing Actors

History/Theory Electives


American Film History

International Film History

Elements of Film

Experimental Film/Video Art

Introduction to Film Theory and Criticism

Certificate Program


(504 total classroom hours)

Core Requirements

Motion Picture Fundamentals

B&W Photography 1 or Basic Digital Photography

B&W Photography 2 or Intermediate Digital Photography

B&W Photography 3 or Advanced Digital Photography

Studio Lighting

View Camera Techniques

Photo Editing Workflow

Advanced Photoshop Techniques

Technical Theory Electives


Non-Silver Printing 1

Experimental Camera

Experimental Darkroom

Advanced Photo Seminar

Portrait Photography

History/Theory Electives


History of Photography 1

History of Photography 2

General Elective

Choose one full-length course (42 classroom hours) from

Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ curriculum

Registration Info

Taking Classes

University Registration

Students at partner universities can register for Pittsburgh

Filmmakers courses directly at their school. Partner schools

include University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, La Roche,

Duquesne, Carlow, Chatham, Robert Morris, Seton Hill, and

Washington & Jefferson.

Independent Registration

Students not enrolling through a college/university are

considered Independent students. Independent registration

for classes and workshops may be completed by registering

online at, by phone at 412-681-5449 or in person

at our administrative offices (477 Melwood Avenue,

Pittsburgh, PA 15213). Please be advised only those

registering online will receive a tuition discount related

to early registration (see Discount Deadline). Students

registering for classes that require a prerequisite course

must have earned a grade higher than D+ in the prerequisite.

Independent students can register on a non-credit or credit

transcript basis. Those registering as credit transcript

students who hope to use PF classes for credit at a college/

university should query the receiving institution regarding

their transfer policies, as there is no guarantee that

credits will transfer. Following completion of the course

the student can request from the Registrar that a credit

transcript be sent to the school(s) of their choice. There is

a $3.00 per transcript fee. Please contact the Registrar for

more information.


Independent non-credit: $615 per course (discounted

to $575 per course if registered online by December 28,


PF/PCA members price: $590 per course (discounted

to $550 per course if registered online and paid in full by

December 28, 2017).

Credit Transcript: $1,150 per 42-classroom-hour (3 credit)

course. There is no early registration discount on classes

taken on a credit transcript basis.

Unregistered students may only attend the first class if

permission has been granted by the Registrar. A limited

number of scholarships are now available for non-credit

students demonstrating financial need. Visit for

information about the application process.

Discount Deadline

Independent students can receive discounted tuition on full

semester classes by signing up ONLINE before midnight on

the discount deadline: December 28, 2017.


If a class is dropped prior to the first class meeting 100%

of tuition for the semester is refundable. If dropping or

withdrawing during the first seven calendar days of the

semester, 75% of the tuition for the semester is refundable.

If dropping or withdrawing after the first seven calendar

days, but within the first 25% of the semester, 55% of

the tuition for the semester is refundable. If dropping or

withdrawing after 25% but within 50% of the semester,

30% of the tuition is refundable. If dropping or withdrawing

after 50% of the semester has passed, the student is not

entitled to a refund. A student who is entitled to a refund

must submit a signed Drop form to the Registrar (see Drop

policy). Refund calculations will be based on the last day of

recorded attendance. Students who notify the Registrar of

their wish to withdraw from a class will receive a grade of

“W” (students who do not notify the Registrar risk receiving

a grade of “F”). All eligible refunds will be issued within thirty

(30) calendar days of notification of the Registrar.

Certificate Program / Registration Info

General Elective

Choose one full-length course (42 classroom hours) from

Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ curriculum

Certificate Students: Contact your advisor for current

Certificate tuition rate and registration information.

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Student Access

Students of The Pittsburgh Filmmakers School receive access

to a complete inventory of production and post-production

equipment for HD video, 16mm film, still photography, and

digital media including a film sound stage, digital editing suites,

three community darkrooms, a non-silver printing lab, and

digital imaging and printing labs. These facilities are available

for the duration of the courses. For more information, contact

our Equipment Office. Students also receive discounts from

Apple, film laboratories, seminars, workshops, and screenings at

The Melwood Screening Room, Harris Theater, and the Regent

Square Theater. Students must present I.D. at the box office.

Unless otherwise noted in course descriptions, all necessary

equipment is provided for classes. Students get 24/7 access to

the facilities and equipment they need at Pittsburgh Filmmakers

for the duration of their courses. Contact the Equipment Office

to reserve equipment at (412) 681-9500.


Pittsburgh Filmmakers is located at 477 Melwood Avenue,

Pittsburgh PA, 15213 in North Oakland. All 14-week film and

photography courses are taught at the Filmmakers campus,

along with some workshops and high school Youth Media classes.

Parking is available on-street and in our parking lot across from

the building; a permit is required before 5pm on weekdays.

Registration Info



Pittsburgh Filmmakers does not discriminate on the basis of

race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation,

gender, gender expression, physical or mental ability, veteran

status, military obligations, or marital status.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers reserves the right to cancel classes in

cases of inadequate enrollment due to impracticality. Faculty

assignments are also subject to change.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers reserves the right to expel any student

who is disruptive to the educational process, including those

whose behavior presents a threat to the health and safety of


Students requiring accommodations for disabilities should

inform their course instructor or Registrar at the time of

enrollment so that reasonable and appropriate arrangements

can be made.

Students withdrawn by the school may receive tuition

reimbursements depending on the reason for withdrawal.

Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers School of Filmmaking and Photography is

an accredited institutional member of the National Association

of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Registration Info / The Intensives

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is located at 1047 Shady Avenue,

Pittsburgh PA 15232 in Shadyside. All studio art classes, some

workshops, and most Youth Media classes are taught at the PCA

campus. Parking is available on-street and in a parking lot across

from the school.

Open Houses

Thursday, February 22, 2018

6:00 - 7:30pm

Saturday, April 21, 2018

10:30am - 12:00pm

During our open house events, the public and all prospective

students receive guided tours of Pittsburgh Filmmakers’

educational facilities and exhibition spaces. Everyone has the

opportunity to meet the instructors and education staff and to

observe some of our classes in session. For more information or

to RSVP, call Joe Bisciotti at (412) 681-5449 x 201. You can

also RSVP online at

Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Certificate and Intensive Programs are

licensed by the State Board of Private License Schools.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers School is an approved SAA provider for

G.I. Bill benefits.

Photo by Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, student

The Filmmaking Intensive

The Photography Intensive

Now accepting applications for Fall 2018.

To apply: or

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