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Cinema Production Major

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"FILMMAKING IS A CHANCE TO LIVE MANY LIFETIMES." ~ Robert Altman

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Major in Cinema Production

In a program designed to model real-world production environments, you will learn the skills necessary to develop your voice and vision as a filmmaker. During your first two years, you'll be trained in all the fundamental crafts of cinema production with an emphasis on narrative storytelling and collaboration. In your junior and senior years, you'll select one of the concentrations below for advanced study, practice and application.

Concentrations Offered

  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Sound

Four Years of Hands-on Experience

You will begin producing work your first year here and will have the unique opportunity to make films in each year of the cinema major. You will shoot in professional HD and have an array of equipment available to you during productions. Since we provide all the equipment necessary, we keep production costs at a minimum, allowing students’ creativity to flourish.

The cinema production major is designed to model a real-world production environment, and we place a strong emphasis on collaboration and interdisciplinary study. During your four years here, you will also work with screenwriters and digital artists in courses to create works for the big and small screen. Because of this incubator environment, you will have the opportunity to work on dozens of production projects.

Cinema Major Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the cinema production major. Some of the courses in the cinema production program include:

  • Commercial Production Workshop
  • Documentary Production Workshop
  • Intermediate and Advanced Cinematography
  • Intermediate and Advanced Digital Tools
  • Intermediate and Advanced Directing
  • Intermediate and Advanced Editing
  • Intermediate and Advanced Producing
  • Intermediate and Advanced Sound
  • Narrative Structure of Cinema
  • Story Analysis
  • Visual Structure of Cinema

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the program guide links at the top of the page and the Cinema Arts course descriptions.