Application Requirements, Deadlines & Admissions Timeline


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Application Requirements:

  • Completed, signed application 
  • Submission of a high school diploma or G.E.D. and SAT/TABE scores (in lieu of these, students may also submit proof of college acceptance or a college transcript)
  • Admissions essays (scroll down to view essay guidelines).
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Personal interview
  • Optional: Creative work sample in any medium

Because these are creative programs, applicants with lower test scores but a strong overall application may be considered. All aspects are weighed in making admission decisions.  Only applicants the School believes have a likelihood of success in the program will be admitted. There is no fee when applying to the Intensives. 

Where to send application materials:

Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Admissions Office
477 Melwood Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Admissions Timeline:

  • Students will be notified of their interview status in 7 - 10 days after the completion of their application
  • Students who interview for the program will be advised of an admissions decision in one to two weeks
  • Admitted students will have two weeks to accept the admissions offer after notification

Filmmaking Intensive Applicants Essay:

1. Part one (500-600 words):
Describe your personal and career goals.  How will this program contribute to them and where do you see yourself five years after your graduation?

2. Part two (500-600 words):
Choose one of the scenarios below, and write a scene that includes that moment. You may tell an entire story, or write a scene that would be part of a larger story. Write vividly, in paragraphs—that is, use prose, not screenplay form.

  •  a) Two men are in a car.  One is driving, the other on the floor of the back seat.
  •  b) A woman is struggling to climb over a fence between two suburban back yards.
  •  c) A child is lying awake at night in a cot, in a tent, in a refugee camp.

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