Prospective Students

Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ School of Film, Photography and Digital Media offers courses in filmmaking, photography, video production, digital media, and the history and theory of all of those forms. Our goal is to help students develop a strong aesthetic, analytical, and technical foundation on which they can build as they become working artists and professionals. We encourage and support creativity and experimentation at all levels of all our production areas.

We believe students should leave our program with a working knowledge of all aspects of their medium. We achieve this by giving students hands-on experience in all of these areas. Small classes enable students to work closely with experienced faculty members. The School’s classes are made up of a mixture of college students taking classes for credit and Independent (non-credit) students from the community. Our classes may be taken for ACT 48 continuing education hours. Pittsburgh Filmmakers School is an approved SAA provider for G.I. Bill benefits.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers' School of Film, Photography and Digital Media is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Classes, workshops, and seminars are taught at our building at 477 Melwood Avenue, in North Oakland, near the corner of Baum Boulevard and North Craig Street. Parking is available, please call for details.

If you need more information about our classes or would like a tour of our facilities please contact Ross Nugent, Education Department Assistant, at 412.681.5449 x 201 or rnugent[at]pghfilmmakers.org.

Independent Students

Independent students are those not affiliated with a local college or university, registering directly with Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

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 can enroll through the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media Program program at our other arts campus, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ classes may be taken by Independent Students on either a non-credit or "credit transcript" basis ( See Registration ). Classes may be taken individually or students may choose to apply to one or our three Certificate programs.