A program of
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Pittsburgh Center
for the Arts

media arts lab

About the Lab

The Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab is a state-of-the-art media production facility dedicated to the promotion of Media Literacy. The Lab is located in the Scaife Building at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

For the past 8 years, our program has led the region's only comprehensive and progressive Media Education initiative.

Two important principles: the aesthetics of photographic language and history, and a simple methodology for reading media critically are at the heart of all the program's work. By offering workshops for youth, professional development experiences for educators, and by working with community partners to develop in-depth outreach projects, the Media Arts Lab works to democratize the media, empowering its constituents with voice. We teach photographic media arts in context: in relationship to world history. Issues of race, gender and class are given particular attention. Our students work directly with artists, in all types of photographic media.

In creating assignments and curricula, we develop projects through which students have the opportunity to study photographic history and context, and then demonstrate an intelligent understanding of cinematic language and principles. Students who participate in our programs produce media as diverse as PowerPoint presentations, photo romans, narrative and documentary shorts, installation art, and avant-garde video shorts. And because we believe that students should own the work that they make, all the video projects made in our courses have original sound tracks.


Susan Howard
Director, Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
412.361.0455 x326