Independent Students

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Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ School of Film, Photography and Digital Media encourages and supports creativity and experimentation at all levels of all our production areas. We believe students should leave our program with a working knowledge of all aspects of their medium. We achieve this by giving students hands-on experience in all of these areas. Small classes enable students to work closely with experienced faculty members. The School’s classes are made up of a mixture of college students taking classes for credit and Independent (non-credit) students from the community. Our classes may be taken for ACT 48 continuing education hours. Pittsburgh Filmmakers School is an approved SAA provider for G.I. Bill benefits.

Independent students are those not affiliated with a local college or university, registering directly with Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Prospective students should have a high school diploma (or GED); high school seniors may petition for admittance. Youth (ages 5-17) who are interested in media arts classes can enroll through the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media Program at our other arts campus, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ classes may be taken by Independent Students on either a non-credit or "credit transcript" basis ( See Registration ). Classes may be taken individually or students may choose to apply to one or our three Certificate programs.