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 may enroll in the Filmmakers at the Center program at our other arts campus - Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
All classes are open to the public on a non-college credit basis. Independent students may also register for transferable college credit directly through Pittsburgh Filmmakers by checking the "Credit Transcript" box on the registration form and paying the appropriate tuition (see Tuition/Course Fees). Students wishing to register for credit through a local college or university should refer to the College/University Students section of the For Prospective Students page.
PF reserves the right to cancel classes or sections in cases in which inadequate enrollment makes offering the classes or sections impractical. Faculty assignments are also subject to change. PF does not discriminate in its program, activities, or policies against students or prospective students because of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, or physical handicap.
Registration for classes and workshops may be completed online. You may fill out a registration form and pay tuition and fees:
1. in person at Pittsburgh Filmmakers administrative offices
2. by calling 412-681-5449 (have credit card information ready)
3. by mailing to the Registrar
4. by faxing with credit card information to: (412) 681-5503
Roster space is reserved only for students who have paid their tuition and course fees in full before the first class meeting. Payment must be made in full at the time of registration. We recommend that you register early, since many course sections fill rapidly. Unregistered students may only attend the first class if permission has been granted by the Registrar. Students who register for advanced classes must have received a grade of "C" or better in prerequisite courses.
“Non-credit” tuition for each full-length course is $390.00. Non-credit tuition is discounted to $350.00 for all registrants who pay tuition and course fees in full by the early pay deadline. Certificate program students pay a flat tuition rate of $390; no additional fees or discounts apply. Classes can be taken on a credit transcript basis directly through Pittsburgh Filmmakers at a tuition rate of $1060 for each 42 classroom hour course (the equivalent of three credits). There is no early registration discount on classes taken on a credit transcript basis. In addition to tuition, a course fee ($35 or $70) is charged to cover the use of equipment and facilities, software, chemicals and supplies used in the classroom. Unregistered students may only attend the first class if permission has been granted by the Registrar. A limited number of scholarships are now available for non-credit students demonstrating financial need.
Once payment has been made and a space reserved in a class, 20% of the total fee (tuition plus course fee) is completely non-refundable. 80% of the total fee is refundable until the class has had its first scheduled meeting. After the first class meeting but before the second class meeting, 60% of the total fee is refundable. No refunds will be made after the second scheduled meeting of any class. Tuition and course fees, in whole or in part, are not transferable to future terms under any circumstances.
Students of Pittsburgh Filmmakers receive access to a complete inventory of production and post-production equipment for HD video, super-8 and 16mm film, still photography, and digital media including a film sound stage, animation stands, Final Cut Pro digital editing suites, three community darkrooms, individual color and black and white labs, a non-silver printing lab and digital imaging labs. These facilities are available seven days a week for the duration of their courses. For more information, contact our Equipment Office.
Students also receive discounts from Apple computer, significant film laboratory discounts and discounts on seminars, workshops and screenings at the Melwood Screening Room, Filmmakers at the Harris Theater and the Regent Square Theater. Students must present positive I.D. at the box office. In some cases, students are eligible for student production grants and motion picture film stock awards offered by Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers reserves the right to cancel classes or sections in cases in which inadequate enrollment makes offering the classes or sections impractical. Faculty assignments are also subject to change. Pittsburgh Filmmakers does not discriminate in its programs, activities or policies against students or prospective students because of race, national origin, religion, age, gender or physical handicap. Pittsburgh Filmmakers reserves the right to exclude from a course or program any student who is disruptive of the educational process, including those whose behavior presents a threat to the health and safety of others, or to others’ enjoyment of and progress in a course or program. Pittsburgh Filmmakers reserves the right to exclude or withdraw any student who, in the discretion of the school, is academically or intellectually unable to participate fully and satisfy the course requirements of any course, after reasonable accommodation for any disabilities. Students needing accommodations for disabilities should make the need known to the course instructor at the beginning of the course so that reasonable and appropriate measures may be taken. Students withdrawn by the school may receive tuition reimbursements if the reason for withdrawal was not behavioral or otherwise within the control of the student.