Application Requirements, Deadlines & Admissions Timeline

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Early Decision Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2015

Regular Decision Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015

Pittsburgh Filmmakers will continue to accept applications on a rolling admissions basis after the Regular Decision Deadline, until the cohort is full. 

Contact for more information about the 2015 admissions process.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed, signed application and application fee
  • Official high school transcripts or proof of G.E.D.
  • Official transcripts for all college/university level work completed in an undergraduate or graduate-level program
  • Official SAT scores (1,200 minimum score) or TABE scores (11th grade minimum score).  TABE can be taken at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.  (This requirement is waived for those who submit college transcripts)
  • Admissions essay (please visit or for each program’s admissions essay prompts and guidelines)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Creative work sample in any medium
    • Mandatory for early decision candidates
    • Optional for those applying June 12 or later
  • Personal interview

Because these are creative programs, applicants with lower test scores but a strong overall application may be considered. All aspects are weighed in making admission decisions.  Only applicants the School believes have a likelihood of success in the program will be admitted. 

Where to send your application materials:

Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Admissions Office
477 Melwood Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Admissions Timeline:

Early Decision Candidates:

  • Early decision candidates must submit all application material by Friday, April 24
  • Early decision candidates will be notified of their interview status by Friday, May 5
  • Candidates will receive their admissions decision by Friday, May 29
  • Admitted students from the early decision deadline must accept or decline by Thursday, June 11

Regular/Recommended Deadline Candidates:

  • Regular deadline candidates will be notified of their interview status in 7 - 10 days after the completion of their application
  • Students who interview for the program will be advised of an admissions decision in one to two weeks
  • Admitted students will have two weeks to accept the admissions offer after notification


Filmmaking Intensive Applicants Essay:

1. Part one (500-600 words):
Describe your personal and career goals.  How will this program contribute to them and where do you see yourself five years after your graduation?

2. Part two (500-600 words):
Choose one of the scenarios below, and write a scene that includes that moment. You may tell an entire story, or write a scene that would be part of a larger story. Write vividly, in paragraphs—that is, use prose, not screenplay form.

  •  a) Two men are in a car.  One is driving, the other on the floor of the back seat.
  •  b) A woman is struggling to climb over a fence between two suburban back yards.
  •  c) A child is lying awake at night in a cot, in a tent, in a refugee camp.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about the admissions essay at