Certificate Programs

Pittsburgh Filmmakers' students may earn a Certificate in Digital Video or Photography by completing a program of twelve full-length required courses (504 total classroom hours). 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). Application forms are available from the Registrar, and the Certificate Program Handbook can be found here.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD) and is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department 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:

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
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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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