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. 

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 up until the tuition deposit deadline (7/15/15) to accept the admissions offer after notification


Photography 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. Describe the scene visually as if it were a photograph; include time of day, weather, landscape, objects, and the physical and emotional appearance of the characters. Include any other details necessary to illustrate your vision.

  1. Two men are in a car.  One is driving, the other on the floor of the back seat.
  2.  A woman is struggling to climb over a fence between two suburban back yards.
  3.  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 any questions about the admissions process, at