College Students

Pittsburgh Filmmakers offers one of the most comprehensive artistic training programs in the media and photographic arts in the United States. Students have the opportunity to share in a broad range of experiences through seminars, workshops, internship programs, screenings and exhibitions. Through NASAD approval, classes may be taken for credit under the auspices of local colleges and universities or directly through Pittsburgh Filmmakers. In addition, classes may be taken for Act 48 continuing education hours. All classes are also open to the public on a non-credit basis (Independent Students). Pittsburgh Filmmakers offers classes in all aspects of film, photography and digital video production including scriptwriting, pre-production and budgeting, camerawork, lighting, sound, editing, directing, producing, color management, processing, printing, compositing and web design. Small classes enable students to work closely with experienced faculty members, and our faculty represents the best of the Pittsburgh area’s artistic and professional community. Our curriculum emphasizes hands-on production, complemented by courses that underscore history, critical theory and technical theory.

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University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the University of Pittsburgh have offered classes cooperatively since 1972. Students who are majoring in Film Studies take Pittsburgh Filmmakers' classes to fulfill some of their degree requirements. Course offerings are open to all University of Pittsburgh College of Arts and Sciences students for elective credit as available. Students must register through the Film Studies Program office. Contact: Jen Florian, Film Studies Program, 412-624-6564 or

College of General Studies majors in the Bachelor of Arts in Media and Professional Communications, Digital Media Specialization, may register through CGS. Contact: Blaine Connor, 412-624-6173.

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Carnegie Mellon University have offered classes cooperatively since 1985. Students may enroll in Pittsburgh Filmmakers' courses for elective credit. Some Pittsburgh Filmmakers course offerings fulfill a requirement for a Film Minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Pittsburgh Filmmakers classes are open to CMU students, university-wide. All students must register through the College of Fine Arts. Contact: Svenja Drouven, CFA Dean’s Office, 412-268-2348 or

La Roche College

Students register for classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers through the Department of Communication, Media & Technology, which offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film, Video and Media in collaboration with PF. Contact: Jeff Ritter, Chair, 412-536-1027 or

Point Park University 

Students may register for Pittsburgh Filmmakers courses as electives; for FILM prefix classes, Contact: Bonnie Sampson, COPA, 412-392-3454 or

Duquesne University

Students register for elective credit through the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts. Contact: Janet Sculimbrene, 412-396-6388 or Students in the Film Studies concentration in the English Department register through the English Department. Contact: Kathy Glass , 412-396-1424 or

Carlow University

Students take classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers through the Communication Department. Contact: Linda Schifino, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Chair, Communication Department, 412.578.6053 or

Robert Morris University

Students may register through the School of Communications and Information Systems, and the Academic Media Center. Contact: Jon Radermacher, Media Arts, 412-397-6881 or; Dr. Andrea Frantz, Communication, 412-397-6398 or

Seton Hill University

Students may register through the Division of Visual & Performing Arts. Contact: Curt Scheib, Chair, 724-830-1059 or

Washington & Jefferson College

Students may register through the Department of Communication Arts. Contact: Anthony Fleury, Chair, 724-503-1001 x3345 or