Youth Media Program


Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA) has been a leader in media education and home to one of the oldest and most respected film, digital media and photography schools in the country for forty years. Through our Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media Program, PF/PCA provides comprehensive media literacy education to young people and adults. The program is housed in The Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab, a state-of-the-art facility consisting of two lab/classrooms located in the Scaife School Building at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

The Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media Program provides media literacy education to the region through innovative classes, hands-on workshops, and outreach programs to schools and other community partners. Classes, camps and workshops are offered in a wide range of media including digital video, filmmaking, photography, animation and interactive media.


Youth Media Classes


Editing with Final Cut
High School
Feb 16-Mar 16, Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
For those with little or no editing experience. In this class students will learn the aesthetics of editing styles, as well as hands-on skills, such as using a nonlinear editing program and creating a DVD. Final Cut editing software will be covered in detail. Examples of various editing techniques ranging from Hollywood classics to experimental, independent, documentary films and videos will be screened and discussed.  Sign Up


Clay Animation
Ages 8-10
April 13-May 18, Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Learn how to design and create your own movies using the popular technique of claymation! Watch and discuss a variaty of clay animations, then use cameras, clay, and computers to short animations with a soundtrack.  Sign Up

Foundations of Digital Filmmaking
Ages 11-14
April 13-May 18, Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
This hands-on class will introduce students to the basics of visual language used in movies. Pre-production, cinematography and editing will be covered. Participants will learn how to work with digital video cameras and editing software while collaborating to produce short digital films. Designed for aspiring young filmmakers who want to make their own movies.  Sign Up

Digital SLR Workshop
Grades 9-12
April 13-May 11,Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Learn how to harness the power of your Digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera in this hands-on class. Discover how to take photographs using manual settings, utilize basic studio lighting, and work with RAW images and Adobe Photoshop software to digitally alter photographs. In-class projects will improve aesthetic and technical skills through guided practice and critical analysis. Bring your own DSLR camera to class or borrow one of ours. This class will be held at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Avenue, 15213.  Sign Up

Summer High School Immersions

Summer 2013

Stop Motion Studio
Grades 9-12
June 17-21, 9am-3:30pm
Learn how to animate like the pros in this exciting new camp. Students will begin the week by designing their very own stop-motion puppet complete with armatures. They will then collaborate to write, storybard, and film an original stop motion animation using their creations.  Sign Up

Grades 9-12
June 24-28, 9am-4pm
Learn the essential techniques of photography from exposure and composition, to processing and printing in a darkroom. Students will explore local neighborhoods in search of excellent photographs, as well as work with lights in a studio setting. Bring your own 35mm camera or use one of ours. All materials, including 35mm black-and-white film and photo paper, are provided.  Sign Up
*This camp is held at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Avenue, 15213

Android App Fundamentals
Grades 9-12
July 1-3, 9am-3:30pm
You can make an app for that! This camp is an introduction to creating apps in the Android environment. Campers will create their own app while gaining a fundamental understanding of Java, Linux, and the ARM CPU Architecture – three components that provide the backbone to the Android operating system. Students should bring their Android devices (phone or tablet) to camp.  Sign Up

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