Course Listing

No Prerequisites

Motion Picture Fundamentals

Motion Picture Fundamentals is a hands-on introduction to key photographic concepts and the core concepts of self-expression with moving images. Students shoot digital video, photographs and motion picture film to learn the basic principles and techniques of light, composition, camerawork, editing and storytelling. All equipment is provided, including 35mm still cameras, HD camcorders, super-8 film cameras and digital workstations with Apple’s Final Cut editing software. Those unfamiliar with Mac OS should consider taking “Introduction to Digital Editing” prior to or concurrent with this course. Students pay for film, videotape and lab costs. Grading is based on student projects and written exams. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None
Section(s):: 
FLM 101 A Mon 2:00-5:00 Bonev - CLOSED
FLM 101 B Mon 6:00-9:00 Kruse
FLM 101 C Tue 6:00-9:00 Abrams
FLM 101 D Wed 6:00-9:00 Bonello
FLM 101 E Thu 6:00-9:00 Nugent
FLM 101 F Fri 10:00-1:00 Zavala

Black and White Photography I

Designed to give an awareness and understanding of the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography as a fine art, this is a practical and theoretical course. Through a series of lectures and labs, students learn the process of seeing (making an exposure) and craftsmanship (making a photographic print). Some shooting assignments include using depth of field, light as subject, the self portrait and portraiture. 35mm cameras for this class are available for checkout at the equipment office. Students are expected to purchase their own film and photographic paper. Grading is based on assignments, written exams and a final portfolio. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
PHT 111 A Mon 6:00-9:00 Bent
PHT 111 B Wed 2:00-5:00 Abramson
PHT 111 C Thu 6:00-9:00 Matolcsy

Basic Digital Photography

This class introduces students to the fundamentals of photographic art using digital imaging techniques. Working with digital cameras, Macintosh computers and Epson ink-jet printers students will complete a number of assignments that emphasize camera controls, print quality, composition and subject matter. Class lectures and demonstrations will cover exposure, quality of light, the use of Light Room for digital file management, image manipulation and digital printing. The class will also be exposed to the work of contemporary and historical photographers. 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 portfolio. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
PHT 120 A Mon 2:00-5:00 Tohara
PHT 120 B Tue 6:00-9:00 Blum - CLOSED
PHT 120 C Wed 6:00-9:00 Kendall
PHT 120 D Fri 10:00-1:00 - CANCELLED

Write-Act-Produce-Direct

No matter what your goals are in film, you’ll work in 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. In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 120 A Wed 6:00-9:00 O'Steen

The Art and Business of Voice-Over Narration

This course is designed to introduce students to the art, craft, and business of professional voice acting and narration. The class covers all aspects of creating professional voice recordings, as well as a successful marketing plan. Students will learn proven vocal warm-up techniques, analyze voice-over demos, and navigate local and national VO casting websites.  Discover how to break down and deliver scripts of all genres. Other topics include picking a studio, a coach/producer, and an agent, packaging your demo and finding work.  Every student will get mic time in Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ vocal booth, being coached and recorded by the instructor. In addition to tuition a $35 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 130 A Wed 6:00-9:00 Bailey

Introduction to Digital Editing

This course is designed to familiarize students with the possibilities that digital technology offers for the manipulation of still images, sound, and motion pictures. After introducing beginners to the Macintosh Operating System, the course allows students to use Final Cut Pro to edit video and sound and Photoshop to manipulate still images and text. Access to Macintosh computers with the necessary software is provided. Grading is based on assignments, a written exam and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
DIG 112 A Tue 2:00-5:00 Heistand - CLOSED
DIG 112 B Wed 6:00-9:00 Heistand

Introduction to Web Design

This course provides students with the foundation to build web pages using current technologies. During the course students will be introduced to the process of modern web design, its languages, tools, theory and history. Students come away from the class with an understanding of HTML & CSS, basic usage of Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop and WYSIWYG editors. Other lecture topics include interface usability, internet security, and the business of the internet. Grading is based on web sites created for class, assignments and an exam. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Familiarity with MAC OS. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
DIG 202 A Mon 6:00-9:00 Bishop

Acting for the Camera

This course is designed for actors who would like to improve their craft by better understanding the differences between acting for the stage and acting for the camera, and for film and television directors who would like to work more effectively with actors. Contrasts between stage and screen acting in specific shooting scripts are examined and followed with appropriate script study, character analysis and exercises in film acting techniques. Each class includes a lecture, videotaped examples of performances for analysis and practical experience in working before a camera. Course requirements include outside reading, preparation and rehearsal of scenes for taping in class, outside viewing of film and television programs and written analyses of performances. Grading is based on performance, effort and written analyses. In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. (Filmmaking or acting experience is highly recommended.) 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 241 A Mon 6:00-9:00 Monahan

Introduction to Screenwriting

As an introduction to writing for film and video, this course combines theory, analysis and practical exercise. Screenwriting basics are covered including story, structure, scene, character, dialogue and action. Students develop stories, scenes, and characters and examine the ways in which these elements can be combined in a screenplay. Writing for documentaries is also discussed. Students are required to see selected current films for discussion. Considerable outside work is necessary. Grading is based on the quality of the writing assignments, homework and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s)::
None. (Motion Picture Fundamentals recommended.) 42 classroom hours.
Section(s)::
FLM 228 A Mon 6:00-9:00 Heidekat
FLM 228 B Thu 2:00-5:00 Heidekat

The Hitchcock Films

Forever known as “the master of suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock’s illustrious career spanned five decades. Why do his films hold up so well? In this short course we’ll look at some of the recurring themes, motifs, and cinematic techniques in his work. Discussions include his early influences, his choice of actors, his dark sense of humor, his run-ins with censors, and his foray into television. Students will see some short examples from Hitch classics, and watch others in their entirety. Grading is based on class participation, one short quiz and one short paper.

Short Courses: Non-credit tuition for Short Courses is $150 per course; for students who register for a series of three courses (either Film History or Alternative Photography Techniques), tuition is discounted to $390. Short courses may be taken for one credit at most of our educational partner schools.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 14 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:30 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 O’Sullivan

Neo Noir

Film noir is one of the most influential genres in the history of cinema. Some would argue it has transcended the limits of simply being a crime genre of the 40s, and grown into a lasting film style. Students will see and analyze some early groundbreaking examples as well as viewing newer films in their entirety. As we look at the origins and evolution of noir, we’ll discuss what’s changed and what has stayed the same. We’ll also discuss directors who’ve been influenced by noir, such as Christopher Nolan, Bryan Singer, the Coen Brothers and others. Grading is based on class participation, one short quiz and one short paper.

Short Courses: Non-credit tuition for Short Courses is $150 per course; for students who register for a series of three courses (either Film History or Alternative Photography Techniques), tuition is discounted to $390. Short courses may be taken for one credit at most of our educational partner schools.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 14 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:30 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/18 O’Sullivan

Japanese Animé

In the seven decades since the end of the Second World War, Japanese animation has grown into the international anime phenomenon that exists today. This 4-week course will consider the rise of anime (Japanese animation) and its relationship with manga (Japanese comics), while exploring the world of otaku (obsessive fans). Students will discover links between Japanese and American culture while viewing and discussing important examples of the form by Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki and others. Grading is based on class participation, a creative exercise and a final paper.

Short Courses: Non-credit tuition for Short Courses is $150 per course; for students who register for a series of three courses (either Film History or Alternative Photography Techniques), tuition is discounted to $390. Short courses may be taken for one credit at most of our educational partner schools.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 14 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:30 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 Boichel

Film, Digital, Video Classes

Motion Picture Fundamentals

Motion Picture Fundamentals is a hands-on introduction to key photographic concepts and the core concepts of self-expression with moving images. Students shoot digital video, photographs and motion picture film to learn the basic principles and techniques of light, composition, camerawork, editing and storytelling. All equipment is provided, including 35mm still cameras, HD camcorders, super-8 film cameras and digital workstations with Apple’s Final Cut editing software. Those unfamiliar with Mac OS should consider taking “Introduction to Digital Editing” prior to or concurrent with this course. Students pay for film, videotape and lab costs. Grading is based on student projects and written exams. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None
Section(s):: 
FLM 101 A Mon 2:00-5:00 Bonev - CLOSED
FLM 101 B Mon 6:00-9:00 Kruse
FLM 101 C Tue 6:00-9:00 Abrams
FLM 101 D Wed 6:00-9:00 Bonello
FLM 101 E Thu 6:00-9:00 Nugent
FLM 101 F Fri 10:00-1:00 Zavala

Film Production I

This course is designed to develop proficiency in the standard procedures of filmmaking and the use of equipment. Students participate in shooting two 16mm films, editing and building soundtracks. Basic aspects of cinematography, lighting, sound and editing are covered, including the use of 16mm cameras, sound equipment and digital editing software (Avid Media Composer). Student projects are viewed and critiqued in class. Outside work is necessary for planning, shooting and editing. All equipment is provided, but students pay for their own film and lab expenses. Grading is based on each student’s films, exams on technical basics and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Motion Picture Fundamentals
Section(s):: 
FLM 106 A Thu 6:00-9:00 Lewis - CANCELLED
FLM 106 B Wed 2:00-5:00 Staff

Film Production II: The Production Team

In this advanced 16mm filmmaking class groups of students work together to make a 16mm film with the instructor’s close supervision. At the beginning of the term students may submit scripts for consideration, and the class will choose the projects that will be produced. Each production team will prepare a detailed budget and do all necessary pre-production for their movie, and they will work together as a crew to shoot, edit and finish the film. Each chosen project will be supported by Pittsburgh Filmmakers with an allotment of 1,200-1,600 feet of 16mm film stock, significantly limiting the expenses for individual students. All participating students will receive screen credit and a copy of the finished film. Issues of sync sound and digital post-production are covered in this course. A fully edited film with sound will be completed by the end of the term. Projects are shot on film, but students edit digitally. Students who want to propose a script to the class should bring a written film treatment to the first class. Extensive outside work is necessary. Equipment and film stock is provided, but students pay for lab expenses and supplies required for their group project. Grading is based on the quality of the student’s work, participation and one written exam. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Film Production I. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 206 A Wed 6:00-9:00 Lewis - CANCELLED

Video Production I

In this hands-on course students acquire the skills required to design, shoot and edit high-definition video. The class combines demonstrations, lectures, exercises, projects and critiques. Students are given several shooting and editing assignments. Emphasis is placed on visual and aural expression through technical mastery of the video medium. Topics include digital camera operation, lighting, audio recording, scripting, non-linear editing, special effects and audio mixing. Grading is based on the quality of work produced and on written exams. All necessary equipment is provided. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Motion Picture Fundamentals. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
VID 115 A Tue 6:00-9:00 Cantine - CLOSED
VID 115 B Thu 2:00-5:00 Knapp

Video Production II

This course challenges students to explore video language while producing a more ambitious work through improved technical skills, including digital modes of post-production. It integrates hands-on demonstrations, lecture, exercises, projects and critiques. Students use digital video cameras along with Avid Media Composer to produce a final project. Topics include advanced lighting and audio recording, digitizing, non-linear editing, time code, digital audio mixing, and final output. Grading is based on the quality of work produced and performance on written exams. All necessary equipment is provided. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Video Production I. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
VID 212 A Thu 6:00-9:00 Cantine - CLOSED

Introduction to Digital Editing

This course is designed to familiarize students with the possibilities that digital technology offers for the manipulation of still images, sound, and motion pictures. After introducing beginners to the Macintosh Operating System, the course allows students to use Final Cut Pro to edit video and sound and Photoshop to manipulate still images and text. Access to Macintosh computers with the necessary software is provided. Grading is based on assignments, a written exam and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
DIG 112 A Tue 2:00-5:00 Heistand - CLOSED
DIG 112 B Wed 6:00-9:00 Heistand

Advanced Digital Editing Techniques

In this course, students will explore the possibilities of digital post-production. Lectures will discuss a variety of editing styles and examples from short and feature-length films. Students will work with advanced digital editing software to develop proficiency in editing techniques, simple effects, color correction, sound design, as well as output options for a variety of platforms. Grading is based on assigned editing projects, student presentations, and participation. In addition to tuition a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Film Production I or Video Production I. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
DIG 315 A Tue 6:00-9:00 Caloiero

Introduction to Web Design

This course provides students with the foundation to build web pages using current technologies. During the course students will be introduced to the process of modern web design, its languages, tools, theory and history. Students come away from the class with an understanding of HTML & CSS, basic usage of Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop and WYSIWYG editors. Other lecture topics include interface usability, internet security, and the business of the internet. Grading is based on web sites created for class, assignments and an exam. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Familiarity with MAC OS. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
DIG 202 A Mon 6:00-9:00 Bishop

Intermediate Web Design

This course builds on the designing and HTML programming skills learned in the Intro to Web Design class. Students will practice creating CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)-based websites. The class will also explore the Dreamweaver tool set in depth, and learn tips and techniques for working within the framework of a browser. Database connectivity, scripting and e-commerce are introduced for students who want to pursue web design even further. Grading is based on assignments, projects and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Introduction to Web Design. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
DIG 330 A Thu 6:00-9:00 Burgess - CANCELLED

3-D Computer Animation

This course introduces the student to the techniques of 3-Dimensional computer animation. The specifics of 3-D animation: modeling, texturing, keyframing, lighting, hierarchies, rendering and procedural animation are taught in the context of traditional animation principles. Students will complete four projects - three of which illustrate specific aspects of 3-D computer animation and the last of which is student-directed. Along with weekly lecture and classroom work, students complete at least 10 hours of lab work. Students are expected to be familiar with the Macintosh operating system and have a thorough understanding of motion picture and photography fundamentals as they relate to the computer. The course will provide students with access to contemporary 3D animation software - Cinema4D. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Introduction to Digital or Motion Picture Fundamentals, and graphic art experience. 42 classroom hours
Section(s):: 
DIG 221 A Mon 6:00-9:00 Mougianis

Technical Directing

Basics of designing and directing scenes for motion pictures are addressed in this course. Some of the problems discussed include the relationship of film to reality, the meaning of cinematic techniques, continuity, shot selection, cut selection and visualization techniques. The format is a combination of lecture, screening and interactive group exercises. Students participate in analyzing and reworking scenes from well-known films. Extensive outside work is necessary, including attending current films to discuss directorial issues. Grading is based on written exams, practical exercises, homework and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Motion Picture Fundamentals. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 225 A Tue 6:00-9:00 O’Steen

Electronic Cinematography

This course will cover advanced video technology and professional techniques of videography. Emphasis will be placed on image quality, meeting broadcast specifications for video and audio, and double-system audio recording. Professional-quality video cameras will be covered extensively. 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; the cost of materials will be included in the $70 course fee.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Video Production I. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
VID 317 A Thu 6:00-9:00 Caloiero

Lighting for Film and Video

In order to demystify the problems involved in lighting for motion pictures, students participate in a variety of lighting and shooting situations. Among the topics covered are: the differences between lighting for film and for video, light sources, light metering, lighting styles and tools. Excerpts from classic and contemporary films and videotapes are viewed and discussed. Students are encouraged to show their current or previous work in class for the purpose of addressing lighting issues. Grading is based on written exams, homework and participation. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Film Production I or Video Production I. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 234 A Mon 6:00-9:00 Rutkowski - CANCELLED

Advanced Documentary Production

This course offers experienced students the opportunity to collaboratively create highly-polished documentaries. Two video projects will be completed during the semester, with each student specializing in one or two roles as part of the process. Roles include writer, producer, director, video/cinematographer, sound recordist/sound designer, editor and graphics composer. Classic and contemporary films will be screened and studied in order to gain an understanding of documentary traditions. Students are encouraged (but not required) to present a proposal for short non-fiction film or video at the first class meeting. The Instructor and class as a whole will select the proposal(s) for production based on feasibility, scale and potential for filmic and documentary excellence. Grading is based on planning work, contribution to the final projects, and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Documentary Production or permission. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
VID 420 A Thu 6:00-9:00 Zavala

Acting for the Camera

This course is designed for actors who would like to improve their craft by better understanding the differences between acting for the stage and acting for the camera, and for film and television directors who would like to work more effectively with actors. Contrasts between stage and screen acting in specific shooting scripts are examined and followed with appropriate script study, character analysis and exercises in film acting techniques. Each class includes a lecture, videotaped examples of performances for analysis and practical experience in working before a camera. Course requirements include outside reading, preparation and rehearsal of scenes for taping in class, outside viewing of film and television programs and written analyses of performances. Grading is based on performance, effort and written analyses. In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. (Filmmaking or acting experience is highly recommended.) 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 241 A Mon 6:00-9:00 Monahan

The Art and Business of Voice-Over Narration

This course is designed to introduce students to the art, craft, and business of professional voice acting and narration. The class covers all aspects of creating professional voice recordings, as well as a successful marketing plan. Students will learn proven vocal warm-up techniques, analyze voice-over demos, and navigate local and national VO casting websites.  Discover how to break down and deliver scripts of all genres. Other topics include picking a studio, a coach/producer, and an agent, packaging your demo and finding work.  Every student will get mic time in Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ vocal booth, being coached and recorded by the instructor. In addition to tuition a $35 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 130 A Wed 6:00-9:00 Bailey

Introduction to Screenwriting

As an introduction to writing for film and video, this course combines theory, analysis and practical exercise. Screenwriting basics are covered including story, structure, scene, character, dialogue and action. Students develop stories, scenes, and characters and examine the ways in which these elements can be combined in a screenplay. Writing for documentaries is also discussed. Students are required to see selected current films for discussion. Considerable outside work is necessary. Grading is based on the quality of the writing assignments, homework and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. (Motion Picture Fundamentals recommended.) 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 228 A Mon 6:00-9:00 Heidekat
FLM 228 B Thu 2:00-5:00 Heidekat

Writing and Producing the Short Script

This course is designed to take students through the process of writing and planning a short film. Students will produce a film treatment and then multiple drafts of a script for a film, as well as work through critical phases of pre-production such as budgeting, creating a shooting script, storyboarding, casting, securing locations and acquiring necessary permissions and clearances. Students are expected to participate in critiquing and responding to the written work of others in the class. Significant outside work is required. Grading is based on the quality of the script, the quality of pre-production work and materials, and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Introduction to Screenwriting. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 308 A Mon 2:00-5:00 Monahan

Write-Act-Produce-Direct

No matter what your goals are in film, you’ll work in 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. In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 120 A Wed 6:00-9:00 O'Steen

The Hitchcock Films

Forever known as “the master of suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock’s illustrious career spanned five decades. Why do his films hold up so well? In this short course we’ll look at some of the recurring themes, motifs, and cinematic techniques in his work. Discussions include his early influences, his choice of actors, his dark sense of humor, his run-ins with censors, and his foray into television. Students will see some short examples from Hitch classics, and watch others in their entirety. Grading is based on class participation, one short quiz and one short paper.

Short Courses: Non-credit tuition for Short Courses is $150 per course; for students who register for a series of three courses (either Film History or Alternative Photography Techniques), tuition is discounted to $390. Short courses may be taken for one credit at most of our educational partner schools.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 14 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:30 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 O’Sullivan

Neo Noir

Film noir is one of the most influential genres in the history of cinema. Some would argue it has transcended the limits of simply being a crime genre of the 40s, and grown into a lasting film style. Students will see and analyze some early groundbreaking examples as well as viewing newer films in their entirety. As we look at the origins and evolution of noir, we’ll discuss what’s changed and what has stayed the same. We’ll also discuss directors who’ve been influenced by noir, such as Christopher Nolan, Bryan Singer, the Coen Brothers and others. Grading is based on class participation, one short quiz and one short paper.

Short Courses: Non-credit tuition for Short Courses is $150 per course; for students who register for a series of three courses (either Film History or Alternative Photography Techniques), tuition is discounted to $390. Short courses may be taken for one credit at most of our educational partner schools.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 14 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:30 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/18 O’Sullivan

Japanese Animé

In the seven decades since the end of the Second World War, Japanese animation has grown into the international anime phenomenon that exists today. This 4-week course will consider the rise of anime (Japanese animation) and its relationship with manga (Japanese comics), while exploring the world of otaku (obsessive fans). Students will discover links between Japanese and American culture while viewing and discussing important examples of the form by Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki and others. Grading is based on class participation, a creative exercise and a final paper.

Short Courses: Non-credit tuition for Short Courses is $150 per course; for students who register for a series of three courses (either Film History or Alternative Photography Techniques), tuition is discounted to $390. Short courses may be taken for one credit at most of our educational partner schools.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 14 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:30 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 Boichel

Film Genre: Rock’n’Roll Cinema

Rock ‘n’ roll has played a major role in American society and American cinema from the 1950s to the present. Rock ‘n’ roll has shared a dynamic relationship with filmmaking, as the music’s rebellious nature, colorful icons and amazing performances have been the focus of many kinds of films, including concert films, documentaries and narratives that make use of rock music to complement visual and story content. Many definitive mainstream, independent and underground titles will be viewed in class. Some films will be screened in their entirety and some will be excerpted as the class explores the societal influences and impact of these movies. Films such as Rebel Without a Cause, The T.A.M.I. Show, Scorpio Rising, Don’t Look Back, Stop Making Sense and Heavy Metal Parking Lot will be considered. Grading is based on participation, written journal responses and an in-class presentation. In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 270 A Wed 6:00-9:00 Nugent - CANCELLED

Film Thesis II

This course is a continuation of Film Thesis I. Students edit and do all post-production for the film that was shot during Thesis I. In order to complete this course the student must have an Answer Print of the film, or an exhibition-quality digital video master, and show a copy in an approved Pittsburgh Filmmakers Thesis Screening. Grading is based on the quality of the student’s finished work and the ability to meet deadlines. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Film Thesis I. 42 classroom hours
Section(s):: 
FLM 404 A by appointment Staff

Video Thesis II

This course is a continuation of Video Thesis I. Students edit and do all post-production for the video that was shot during Thesis I. In order to complete this course the student must have an exhibition-quality digital video master, and show a copy in an approved Pittsburgh Filmmakers Thesis Screening. Grading is based on the quality of the student’s finished work and the ability to meet deadlines. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Video Thesis I. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
VID 404 A by appointment Staff

Photography Classes

Black and White Photography I

Designed to give an awareness and understanding of the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography as a fine art, this is a practical and theoretical course. Through a series of lectures and labs, students learn the process of seeing (making an exposure) and craftsmanship (making a photographic print). Some shooting assignments include using depth of field, light as subject, the self portrait and portraiture. 35mm cameras for this class are available for checkout at the equipment office. Students are expected to purchase their own film and photographic paper. Grading is based on assignments, written exams and a final portfolio. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
PHT 111 A Mon 6:00-9:00 Bent
PHT 111 B Wed 2:00-5:00 Abramson
PHT 111 C Thu 6:00-9:00 Matolcsy

Black and White Photography II

This production course is an extension of Black and White Photography I. Students learn to visually articulate their ideas and discuss their work and the work of others through group critiques. Students should have basic technical skills and knowledge of camera mechanisms, film developing and printing. The course is designed to refine these fundamentals and explore other, more complex issues in photography. Assignments and critiques focus on content, long exposures, fine grain versus grainy film and medium format cameras. Fiber printing, archival preservation, matting and an introduction to digital scanning and printing are also covered. Considerable outside work is necessary to complete the assignments. Grading is based on assignments, final portfolio and attendance. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Black and White Photography I or Introduction to Photography: Darkroom and Digital. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
PHT 211 A Tue 6:00-9:00 Tohara

Basic Digital Photography

This class introduces students to the fundamentals of photographic art using digital imaging techniques. Working with digital cameras, Macintosh computers and Epson ink-jet printers students will complete a number of assignments that emphasize camera controls, print quality, composition and subject matter. Class lectures and demonstrations will cover exposure, quality of light, the use of Light Room for digital file management, image manipulation and digital printing. The class will also be exposed to the work of contemporary and historical photographers. 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 portfolio. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
None. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
PHT 120 A Mon 2:00-5:00 Tohara
PHT 120 B Tue 6:00-9:00 Blum - CLOSED
PHT 120 C Wed 6:00-9:00 Kendall
PHT 120 D Fri 10:00-1:00 - CANCELLED

Liquid Light

Liquid emulsion is black-and-white photographic chemistry that can be painted onto most surfaces to use in a traditional darkroom in place of manufactured photographic paper. Students in this class will initially coat and print their black-and-white negatives onto watercolor papers and then experiment with a variety of other surfaces such as wood and metal. Participants can use existing negatives but may want to shoot new imagery that is more appropriate for the hand-applied look and texture of liquid emulsion. Grading is based on assignments, attendance and class participation.

Short Courses: Non-credit tuition for Short Courses is $150 per course; for students who register for a series of three courses (either Film History or Alternative Photography Techniques), tuition is discounted to $390. Short courses may be taken for one credit at most of our educational partner schools.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Black and White Photography I or by permission. 14 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
Monday 6:00-9:30 | 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10 | CANCELLED

Three Color Gum Printing

Gum Bichromate printing is an historical photographic process that was first practiced in the 1850s and made popular by the pictorialists. The process combines chemicals and watercolors to make a photographic emulsion that is coated onto watercolor paper. Starting with digital color images students will learn to make three-color separation inkjet negatives in Photoshop. They will register and print these black-and-white negatives onto one piece of paper using cyan, magenta and yellow watercolors. The final product is a full color image that is both photographic and painterly. Students should expect to work on two images during the duration of the class. Grading is based on assignments, attendance and class participation.

Short Courses: Non-credit tuition for Short Courses is $150 per course; for students who register for a series of three courses (either Film History or Alternative Photography Techniques), tuition is discounted to $390. Short courses may be taken for one credit at most of our educational partner schools.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Intermediate Digital Photography or by permission. 14 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
Monday 6:00-9:30 | 2/24, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24 | Kendall

The Salt Print

The Salt process originated with William Henry Fox Talbot and the invention of photography. Using salt and silver nitrate solutions students will learn to make beautiful brown tone prints on printmaking papers. Because this process requires contact-printing enlarged negatives, the class will also learn to make inkjet negatives from their original digital files or from scanned negatives and prints. After initial experiments with the process students will make a small portfolio of prints that relate to each other visually or thematically. Grading is based on assignments, attendance and class participation.

Short Courses: Non-credit tuition for Short Courses is $150 per course; for students who register for a series of three courses (either Film History or Alternative Photography Techniques), tuition is discounted to $390. Short courses may be taken for one credit at most of our educational partner schools.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Intermediate Digital Photography or by permission. 14 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
Monday 6:00-9:30 | 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28 | Abramson

Intermediate Digital Photography

In this class students expand their digital processig skills while continuing to devleop their photographic vision.  After reviewing some basic Photoshop tools the class lectures focus on the use of Light Room for image editing and adjustments, basic color management, monochrome and color digital printing. Other topics covered are using HDR, preparing images for the web, creating contact sheets and archiving files. Shooting assignments over the course of the semester reinforce the use of these techniques while encouraging students to build on their personal photographic style.  Grading is based on class participation, written exams and assignments. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Basic Digital Photography or Introduction to Photography: Darkroom and Digital. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
PHT 240 A Thu 6:00-9:00 Abramson - CLOSED

Advanced Digital Photography

Building on methods and tools explored in Intermediate Digital Photography, this course offers advanced photographic concepts. Through demonstrations and readings, students learn to make complex selection and color correction, texture maps, advanced layering and masking principles. In addition, students learn to make custom color profiles for their favorite paper and printer along with essentials of digital color management. Emphasis is on the development and exploration of a personal vision and the creation of a digital portfolio. Grading is based on class participation and the completion of individual projects. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Intermediate Digital Photography or permission. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
PHT 320 A Tue 6:00-9:00 Vitone

Photoshop Foundations

An introduction to the Macintosh Operating System and Adobe Photoshop, this class helps students explore digital imaging as a method for manipulating and presenting their work. Techniques covered include scanning, image retouching, correction and manipulation, printing and creative use of layers, selections, and masks. Assignments include restoration, digital colorizing of black and white imagery and digital color printing. Grading is based on class participation, assignments and individual projects. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Black and White Photography I or Basic Digital Photography or Intro to Digital Editing or Motion Picture Fundamentals or permission. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
PHT 220 A Mon 6:00-9:00 Antonelli
PHT 220 B Tue 2:00-5:00 Burke

Studio Lighting

This production course in studio photography will emphasize artificial lighting techniques, using both hot lights and electronic flash units. Both film and digital capture will be discussed in class along with other topics such as painting with light, lighting ratios and character studies. Assignments include white background portraiture, environmental portraiture and a variety of still life/tabletop set-ups. Considerable outside work is required to complete assignments. Students will have access to 4x5 and medium format cameras or they may use their own equipment. Grading is based on attendance, assignments and the final portfolio. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Black and White Photography II or Intermediate Digital Photography. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
PHT 251 A Thu 6:00-9:00 Kelly

Portrait Photography

This class explores the emotional and visual process of collaboration between subject and photographer that creates a photographic portrait. Students use a variety of cameras and formats in both the studio and on location. Available light and the use of artificial light are explored to complete each student’s vision, along with a wide range of processing strategies to support and add richness to the final work. Through film and video the class is introduced to some of the masters of this form like Diane Arbus, Arnold Newman, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. Through field trips to exhibitions and photographer’s studios, students are introduced to original work and local photographers. Grading is based on assignments, class participation and the final portfolio. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Black and White Photography I or Basic Digital Photography. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
PHT 210 A Wed 2:00-5:00 Kelly

Constructed Visions

This is an intensive class that takes photography beyond the camera. It is designed to further develop the conceptual thought surrounding image making, cultivate intricate visual language skills, and learn what it takes to be a visual storyteller. Drawing upon the mediums of sculpture, painting and film, students are required to create and document “staged” images. Students are encouraged to focus heavily on the content and the concept behind their images, as they do all the shooting and printing of a concise final portfolio. The format includes lecture, group critiques/discussions and the development of each student’s projects. Grading is based on the creation of a personal artistic portfolio, technical image creation skills, and participation in class critiques and conversations. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
Black and White Photography II. 42 classroom hours.
Section(s):: 
PHT 230 A Wed 6:00-9:00 Blum - CANCELLED

Library Workshops

Screenplay Basics at Mt. Lebanon Public Library

This class addresses the fundamentals of screenwriting with an emphasis on short format storytelling. Students will concentrate on screenplay structure, formatting, character development and dialogue while creating a script for a short film or a scene from a longer film. Students will also view and discuss scenes from current films and learn about screenplay marketing.

 

Prerequisite(s):: 
Non-credit only. Tuition $150
Section(s):: 
Tues 6:45-8:45pm- 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15 CANCELLED
registration: 

No online registration for library classes, call 412-681-5449 x 202 for information or to register.

Student Opportunities

Independent Study in Film, Photography or Digital Media

Advanced students may elect to study film or video production, photography or digital media on an independent basis by: 1) securing the permission of the instructor with whom you wish to study; 2) writing a preliminary proposal for your independent study; 3) discussing your proposal with your instructor and finalizing it by completing an Independent Study Contract. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Prerequisite(s):: 
By Appointment. Equivalent to 42 classroom hours
Section(s):: 
FLM 299; VID 299; PHT 299; DIG 299

Internships in Film, Photography or Digital Media

Working in consultation with a faculty member, advanced students wishing to pursue careers in film, video, photography or digital media 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). This program is designed to give students valuable experience in their chosen field of study outside of the college and classroom environment. Before registering, interested students should contact the Internship Coordinator, Will Zavala.

Prerequisite(s):: 
By Appointment. 126 hours.
Section(s):: 
FLM 298; VID 298; PHT 298; DIG 298