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Conservatory of Performing Arts

Cinema Application Process

How to Apply to the Cinema Arts Program

In order to apply and be admitted into the cinema production, animation and visual effects or screenwriting program, prospective students must go through a two-step process:

  1. Academic admittance: Apply to Point Park Admission Office for academic admittance (Apply to Point Park if you have not already submitted an application).
  2. Artistic admittance: Submit your artistic portfolio. Applicants are required to submit their portfolio via digital submission through Acceptd via Point Park University's Acceptd home page
  3. Portfolio interview: Once you have applied to Point Park and submitted your artistic portfolio, you can schedule your on-campus interview (see below). Please note that you DO NOT have to be academically admitted into Point Park before scheduling your interview but you must have a completed application on file and have submitted your portfolio via Acceptd.

On-Campus Portfolio Interview Dates

Please click on the dates below to begin the online registration process. 

Interviews will be held with a cinema department faculty member. The interview offers you a chance to ask questions about the program and for the interviewer to ask the applicant questions about their creative interests and work. 

Successful applicants must be artistically admitted into the cinema arts program and be 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 upon academic and artistic admittance. 

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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the cinema application process, please contact the Conservatory of Performing Arts at 412-392-3451 or conservatory@pointpark.edu.