How many people apply and are admitted into the cinema production, animation and visual effects and screenwriting programs each year?
The number of students who apply to the cinema, animation and visual effects and screenwriting programs fluctuates from year to year. On average, the cinema department receives approximately 300 applications for approximately 90 spaces.
Does the creative sample for the portfolio require a film-related sample (short film, screenplay, animated short, etc.)?
No. If you have a short film, animation project, digital arts piece or script that you want to submit, that's great. However, we are also interested in looking at anything you've done creatively. This could include poetry, a short story, a music CD, photographs, etc. We really want to see something that has come from you. Learn more about how to apply to the cinema arts program.
The cinema arts department contacts applicants within three to five working days of receipt of the portfolio. Please contact Alaire Chybrzynski at 412-392-6139 or via email if you have not received acknowledgment of receipt.
You will be contacted by the University to schedule a portfolio interview with a cinema arts department faculty member. It is preferred that these interviews are in person on campus; however, phone or Skype interviews are also conducted.
If you are attending an open house at Point Park, you are eligible to schedule an interview during your time on campus. To schedule an interview during an open house, RSVP to an upcoming session and then email or call Alaire Chybrzynski to schedule the interview.
You do not need to bring additional materials to the interview unless requested to do so. The interviews are fairly relaxed and offer you a chance to ask questions about the program, and for the interviewer to ask questions of you, including questions about your creative work. The interviews usually cover your interest in filmmaking, animation and visual effects, and/or screenwriting; and your creative work.
Successful applicants must be artistically admitted into the cinema arts program AND academically admitted into the University. Applicants will not receive their artistic decision until they have received an academic decision from the Office of Admission.
Cinema arts students will receive notification of admission to the major and the artistic achievement award on a rolling basis. That is, candidates will be notified of their artistic admission and artistic achievement award as the academic admission and artistic decisions are made.
Candidates will be notified both by email and letter of the admission decision.
Full financial aid awards will be sent by March 15, 2016 provided the financial aid application (FAFSA) is completed and received by the Point Park University Financial Aid Office.
More than 75 percent of cinema arts students receive scholarship and apprenticeship money. (Please note: An apprenticeship offered to a student based on his or her interview is a job-related award. The student will be expected to work a set number of hours per week in exchange for a monthly stipend).
Due to the intensity and rigor of our program, a double major can be pursued but the student should expect to take more time complete both degrees — usually one or two additional semesters. Minors are available in many of the programs, and we encourage our students to pursue additional interests.
How much film, animation and visual effects and/or screenwriting experience/training should a prospective student have prior to attending Point Park?
You are not required to have any film, animation and visual effects and/or screenwriting experience prior to entering the cinema department. If you do have experience in one or more areas of cinema production, this will help you become acclimated to the cameras and software more quickly.
No. The cinema department provides all the HD cameras, lighting, equipment and computer labs you'll need while in the program. We also make some cameras and equipment available to students for independent projects outside of course work.
What is the average size of cinema production, animation and visual effects, and screenwriting classes at Point Park?
The average ratio for cinema production and screenwriting workshop classes is 15:1, and most advanced production, animation and writing classes have a class ratio of 10:1.
The department does provide a production budget to the student for the third-year production project.
Other than great locations to use for productions, whether it is an inner-city story or a quick escape to the rural surroundings, Pittsburgh has become a magnet for feature film and television production. The city has the largest sound stage on the East Coast and hosts many productions that students can work on in multiple production and post-production positions.
From the beginning of freshman year, each cinema, animation and screenwriting student is assigned a career counselor in the Career Development Center to work with throughout his or her years at Point Park. In conjunction with the Career Development Center the cinema department helps students obtain internships and employment with production companies and productions in Pittsburgh, as well as in Los Angeles and New York. We also hold a number of public screenings of student work.
Yes. Student work has been screened at national and international film festivals. Please see Student Work for more information.
Does the cinema department help facilitate entering films, animation projects and scripts into festivals and competitions?
While the cinema department doesn't submit work on behalf of the student, student work accepted into festivals in which students attend may submit a request to have expenses reimbursed from the school.