Certificate Programs

Pittsburgh Filmmakers' students may earn a Certificate in Film Production, Digital Video or Photography by completing a program of twelve full-length required courses (504 total classroom hours) on either a non-credit or a credit transcript basis (or a combination of the two). In addition, students must present an exhibition-quality copy of Thesis level (Film or Digital Video) or Advanced course level (Photography) work in a Pittsburgh Filmmakers public Thesis show.

Students are eligible to apply after completing two courses at Pittsburgh Filmmakers (Veterans using G.I. Bill benefits may waive this requirement). There is a nonrefundable application fee of $40. Information packets, including a Certificate Program Handbook and an Application Form, are available from the Registrar.

Certificate students must earn an overall grade point average of "B" (3.0) or better. In core requirement courses, a maximum of one "C" grade will be accepted.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Certificate programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and licensed by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education, Division of Private Licensed Schools. Pittsburgh Filmmakers School is an approved SAA provider for G.I. Bill benefits.

The course requirements for the respective Certificate Programs are listed here:

FILM PRODUCTION

The Film and Digital Video Certificate Programs encourage students to grow as artists, to master the technical and aesthetic possibilities of the moving image media and to gain the practical skills needed for a career in the field. A student who has gone through the program should be knowledgeable in all areas of production and should have the theoretical and critical background necessary to use these skills to create vital works of art. (504 total classroom hours)

CORE REQUIREMENTS
Motion Picture Fundamentals
Film Production I
Film Production II
Cinematography
Film Thesis I
Film Thesis II

TECHNICAL THEORY ELECTIVES (choose 3)
Introduction to Screenwriting
Script Development
Advanced Screenplay Workshop
Sound for Film and Video
Advanced Digital Editing Techniques
Lighting for Film and Video
Producing for Film and Video
Technical Directing
Directing Actors

HISTORY/THEORY ELECTIVES (choose 2)
American Film History
International Film History
Elements of Film
Experimental Film/Video Art
Introduction to Film Theory and Criticism

GENERAL ELECTIVE
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DIGITAL VIDEO

The Film and Digital Video Certificate Programs encourage students to grow as artist, to master the technical and aesthetic possibilities of the moving image media and to gain the practical skills needed for a career in the field. A student who has gone through the program should be knowledgeable in all areas of production and should have the theoretical and critical background necessary to use these skills to create vital works of art. (504 total classroom hours)

CORE REQUIREMENTS
Motion Picture Fundamentals
Video Production I
Video Production II
Electronic Cinematography
Video Thesis I
Video Thesis II

TECHNICAL THEORY ELECTIVES (choose 3)
Introduction to Screenwriting
Script Development
Advanced Screenplay Workshop
Sound for Film and Video
Advanced Digital Editing Techniques
Advanced Nonlinear Editing
Lighting for Film and Video
Producing for Film and Video
Technical Directing
Directing Actors

HISTORY/THEORY ELECTIVES (choose 2)
American Film History
International Film History
Elements of Film
Experimental Film/Video Art
Introduction to Film Theory and Criticism

GENERAL ELECTIVE
Choose one full-length (42 classroom hours) course from Pittsburgh Filmmakers' curriculum. View Classes

PHOTOGRAPHY

Students participating in the Photography Certificate Programs can explore a wide variety of materials and methods and achieve technical mastery of traditional, digital and alternative photographic equipment and processes. Through out the program the students are exposed to photographic history and contemporary issues and image making. (504 total classroom hours)

CORE REQUIREMENTS
Motion Picture Fundamentals
B&W Photography I or
   Basic Digital Photography
B&W Photography II or
   Intermediate Digital Photography
B&W Photography III
Advanced Digital Photography
Studio Lighting
View Camera Techniques
Photoshop Foundations
Advanced Photoshop Foundations

HISTORY/THEORY ELECTIVES (choose 1)
History of Photography I
History of Photography II

TECHNICAL THEORY ELECTIVES (choose 2)
Non-Silver Printing I
Experimental Camera
Experimental Darkroom
Advanced Photo Seminar
Color Photography II
Advanced Digital Photography

GENERAL ELECTIVE
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