Community Classes Non-credit enrichment opportunities open to the public.
We are so glad you're here! Thanks for your interest in our non-credit community programs. Check back frequently for new offerings and updates.
Now accepting registrations for:
Brewing Science Academy
Point Park University is offering a new Brewing Science Academy, an eight-week course designed to help provide a trained workforce to beer breweries. It will become the only program of its kind in Western Pennsylvania. Housed in the University’s Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology Department, the inaugural program will be an eight-week course that runs two days a week from June 7 to August 2. The Summer Brewing Academy at Point Park University is made possible through a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
The Brewing Academy course will be broken into two halves. The first section is a hands-on science course, specifically focused on the science behind beer brewing, taught by Point Park University Scientists in a lab setting. The second will be focused on the art and craft of brewing. For this section, instructors will be beer industry professionals primarily from the Pittsburgh area with a strong representation from MBAA District Pittsburgh. The Brewing Academy will close with a brewing competition where students will design and brew their own beer to be judged in the final session.
This class will be limited to the first 14 students who register and pay. No pre-requisites are required to participate. Students must be at least 21 years of age by the start of the program in order to participate.
Part 1: Hands-On Science Course
Dates: June 7 - 30, 2021 | Times: Monday and Wednesday Evenings, 6:00 - 9:00pm
- Introduction to the Brewing Process
- Fundamentals of Chemistry for Brewers
- Carbon Chemistry
- Brewing Water
- Barley, Malting and Mashing
- Hops and the Boil
- Yeast and Fermentation
- Brewery Physics
Part 2: The Art and Craft of Brewing
Dates: July 7 - 28, 2021
Days and times may vary depending on the availability of our host brewers. Specific details will be determined by mid-April.
- Brewhouse Operations
- Beer Design I
- Beer Design II
- Sensory Analysis
- Fermentation and Yeast Management
- Dry Hopping Techniques
- CIP and Packaging
- The Business of Beer
Part 3: Competition Tasting
Date and Time: August - Exact details TBA.
- Best in Show Competition
The District Pittsburgh Chapter MBAA is proud to announce the launch of the Point Park University Brewing Academy Diversity Scholarship. The District Pittsburgh Chapter has partnered with Point Park University to offer two (2) full tuition, single use scholarships for the Brewing Science Academy. The brewing academy is a continuing education opportunity with a focus on promoting brewing as a career by fostering an intense interest in the science and art of brewing.
Application Deadline - April 18, 2021
To apply and learn more, please CLICK HERE.
Total Cost: $1,269.39
- Tuition Fees: $1,195.00
- Eventbrite Fees: $74.39
- Includes a Certificate of Completion, T-Shirt and Growler
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Point Park University, master brewers launching Brewing Science Academy
- KDKA (live with Megan Schiller): point-park-university-launches-brewing
- KDKA: Archived Video (tveyes.com)
- WPXI: point-park-university-launches-brewing-science-academy
- WPXI (with Commencement mention): Archived Video (tveyes.com)
- Pittsburgh Business Times: point-park-university-launches-brewing-academy
- Craft Brewing Business: point-park-university-launches-brewing-science-academy-pilot-brewery
- Beer Advocate: point-park-university-offering-pittsburgh-regions-first-brewing-science-academy
- Pro Brewer: brewing-education/park-point-university-in-pittsburg-offers-new-brewing-science-course
Summer Registration and Updated Details Coming Soon!
A single image from a film can tell a story. From focus and exposure, to shot size and composition, these fundamental concepts are powerful filmmaking tools. In this session, you’ll be introduced to the basic and advanced principles of cinema art and technology, both of which can be implemented using your smartphone! This weekly Thursday class is open to all students ages 14 years and older. Zoom details will be emailed to the address provided prior to the event.
Dates to be annouced soon!
John Reilly in an Assistant Professor in the Cinema Arts Department at Point Park University. He received his B.A. in Communication Arts from Allegheny College and his M.F.A. in Filmmaking from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His short films have screened at film festivals across the country, while his critical work on the horror genre has earned awards at research conferences. John has also appeared in >The Dark Knight Rises (2012),Gus Van Sant's Promised Land (2012), and recently appeared in NBC Universal’s Gone (2019).
Summer Registration and Updated Details Coming Soon!
This two-day interactive workshop will walk you through the process of brand building step-by-step with the goal of building the most important brand in the world: Yours! Working with the same creative process used by agencies and companies to build brands, you will be immersed in all the elements it takes to bring your brand to life. By the end of this workshop, you will have a strong understanding of how to effectively present yourself and your personal brand in order to achieve your dreams and goals.
*All participants should plan to engage in meaningful conversations. No experience necessary. All backgrounds welcome!
Here at Point Park, we never miss a chance to dance! Let's move together as we embrace a new year and new chances. Students will receive access to all classes over the two-day workshop. This is an intermediate virtual dance workshop recommended for participants ages 14 years and older. Let's Dance!
All dance sessions will be held during Eastern Standard Time. All classes will occur online via Zoom. All Zoom details will be emailed to the address provided prior to the event.
Creativity elevates your health, your effectiveness in the workplace, and your quality of life. Yet too often we do not take the time to develop our creative self, often mistakenly setting aside something that can provide enormous fulfillment and generate benefits in all aspects of life. Creativity is a muscle that we can exercise, and it is also a perspective that affects all aspects of our daily lives. In this course, we will be cultivating our creative side in order to help you meet your own goals, whatever they may be. We will build skills for creativity, and specific topics include:
Whether you are interested in taking up a creative project in any art form, increase your problem-solving in your profession, or just improve your personal wellness, this workshop will help you nurture your creative nature and imagination throughout your life.
Tuesday, November 17 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Andrew Swensen has a varied career across the arts, working as an educator, arts management professional, and writer. He holds an adjunct appointment as a Professor at the PPU Conservatory of Performing Arts where he teaches in the MFA program in Writing for the Stage and Screen, the cinema department, and the department of Fine Arts. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh. In his creative life he is a member of the creative team for the musical The Golden Door, for which he serves as lyricist, book co-author, and producer; and he has three other musicals currently in development.
Previously, Andrew held multiple positions in the nonprofit sector and began his professional career in academic life, and he has held faculty positions at Brandeis University, Hamilton College, Wellesley College and Western Michigan University. He has taught courses across the humanities and worked in programs of comparative literature, cultural studies, the history of ideas, religious studies, film studies, creative writing, and Russian literature. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin, his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1991, and his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1987
Making the Most of the Remaining Year: How to Overcome a Pessimistic View.
Are you tired of 2020, but even more fatigued by the thought of waiting until 2021 for a fresh start in which you’ll finally feel hopeful, positive, and empowered again?
Join us for a one-hour conversation with Mindset Coach, Kirsten Kemp, in which she will share powerful yet simple to implement strategies to develop a healthy relationship with our emotions amidst hardship, the desire for control and certainty amidst uncertainty, and regaining hope and empowerment to work towards enriching outcomes in the midst of this year that has largely been defined by negative outcomes. By the end of this conversation, which will conclude with 15 minutes of Q&A, our hope is that you would leave with a weight off your shoulders and a newfound sense of motivation to make the last few months of this year personally meaningful.
Thursday, October 29 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST