How to Apply to the Cinema Arts Program
In order to apply and be accepted into the cinema production, animation and visual effects or screenwriting program, prospective students must go through a two-step process:
- Academic acceptance: Apply to Point Park admissions for academic acceptance (Apply to Point Park if you have not already submitted an application).
- Artistic acceptance: Submit an artistic portfolio using our online process. Applicants are required to create an account to begin the online submission process. Start the online artistic portfolio submission process.
Video: Artistic Portfolio Submission
Artistic Portfolio Guidelines
Your artistic portfolio should include the following:
A. Personal Essay
Your personal essay should be 550-750 words and may include (but not limited to):
- Professional and artistic goals
- Description of who you are as a person
- Discussion of the types of films, art and/or stories you are interested in creating
B. Creative Resume
Your creative resume can include any work that reflects your creative ability, such as:
- Media arts (film, video, animation, graphics, photography, music)
- Creative writing (short stories, essays, film/play scripts)
- Studio arts (drawing, painting, sculpting, set design)
- Performance (acting, singing, dancing)
Listed work should include a brief description of the work, year of completion and your role in its creation.
C. Creative Work Sample
Cinema production, animation and visual effects or screenwriting applicants can provide 1-5 sample(s) of your creative work that best demonstrates your abilities including (but are not limited to):
- Video, animation, visual effects works, etc.
- Music, soundscapes, etc.
- Writing samples: film/play scripts, essays, short stories, creative writing pieces, etc.
- Visual arts work in the form of fine arts work (paintings, drawings, sculpture etc.) photography, graphic design, etc.
Once you have submitted your artistic portfolio, you will be contacted to schedule an interview by phone, Skype or in person with a cinema department faculty member.
The interview is fairly relaxed, and offers you a chance to ask questions about the program and for the interviewer to ask questions of you about your creative interests and work. Candidates that have been academically accepted and interview during the fall semester (September-December 2014) will be reviewed in December and can expect to receive a letter regarding their interview decision by Jan. 15, 2015. Candidates that have been academically accepted and interview during the spring semester (January-March 2015), will be reviewed in March and can expect to receive a letter regarding their interview decision by the end of March.
If you have any questions regarding the cinema application process, please contact the Conservatory of Performing Arts at 412-392-3451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.