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Sunday, July 14 - Friday, July 19, 2024 | Residential & Commuter Options

During this five-day intensive, students will learn the art and techniques of cinema editing. Lectures will include screenings and in-class exercises providing students with skills to edit their own productions in Adobe Premiere. This intensive is led by Kelly Donnellan, MFA, Associate Professor of Cinema Production and includes a free portable hard-drive.


This exciting program is open to middle and high school students aged 12-18, as well as 2024 high school graduates. No prior experience is necessary to attend.

This program is open to the first 16 students who complete the registration and pay their deposit. A waitlist will be created once we reach capacity. 

Please note: class content may contain clips from R-Rated films.

Important Dates:

Residential and Commuter Check-In: 
Sunday, July 14 from 1 - 4 pm

4 pm: Student Orientation
6 pm: Dinner
7 pm: Meet & Greet


Program Start Date: Monday, July 15 
Program End Date: Friday, July 19

Residential Move-Out: Friday, July 19 (evening) or Saturday, July 20 (morning)


Class Outlook:

Classes will be held Monday - Friday with a 1-hour lunch break on campus. 
Each day will consist of lectures and hands-on lab time.

Schedule is subject to change.
Monday, July 15 Activity
10:00am - 11:00am Introductory Session
11:00am - 12:30pm

History of Film Editing

"The Cutting Edge - The Magic of Movie Editing"

12:30pm - 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30pm - 4:30pm

Hard Drive Formatting, Digital Workflow, Media Management, Touring Premiere Pro CC


Tuesday, July 16 Activity
10:00am - 12:30pm Lecture:
Role of the Editor, Editing Theory, Aesthetic Choices in Editing
12:30pm - 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30pm - 4:30pm Workshop: 
Setting up a Project, Importing Media, Organizing Media, Working with Subclips, Clips, Transitions, Exporting Media
Homework Edit Short Scene Project


Wednesday, July 17 Activity
10:00am - 12:30pm Screening and Discuss: Watch Short Scene Projects
Select Final Project to Edit

Approaching the Edit
12:30pm - 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30pm - 4:30pm Workshop: 
Creating Titles, Advanced Editing Techniques, Setup Final Project in Premiere
Homework Begin Editing Final Project


Thursday, July 18 Activity
10:00am - 12:30pm

Sound and Color Theory

Edit of Final Project, Export Rough Cut

12:30pm - 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30pm - 4:30pm Rought Cut Screening of Final Projects

Sound and Color
Homework Continue Editing Final Project


Friday, July 19 Activity
10:00am - 12:30pm Workshop:
Edit of Final Project
12:30pm - 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30pm - 3:00pm Workshop:
Final Edits, Export Projects
3:00pm - 4:30pm Screen Final Projects


Kelly Donnellan, Associate Professor of Cinema Production

Kelly Donnellan, MFA
Associate Professor of Cinema Production

Kelly Donnellan is an award-winning editor and director. She has edited two feature documentaries and more than 50 short films, including the Student Academy Award-winning documentary Dying Green in 2012, which received a silver medal.

Donnellan’s editorial work can be seen on several short documentaries for the Favorite Poem Project Chicago, sponsored by the National Poetry Foundation. She edited the award-winning short documentary I Throw Rocks! and her directorial effort, I is Another, earned her recognition as the "Best Female Director-Woman to Watch” from the Underexposed Film Festival in 2013.

She collaborated with information artist Laura Foxman on THE LISTENING ARCHIVE, which was installed from February-April 2018 at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) in the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead.

Payment Information:

All payments are due before the start of the program.

Registration and payments will be handled through our easy, user-friendly online registration platform, CampDoc. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Electronic Checks are accepted. Payment plans are available. Students receive a t-shirt, swag bag, and ID holder with their registration. 

Non-Refundable Deposit: 
A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is required to reserve your space in the program. Please review our FAQs for the most up-to-date information on cancellations and refunds.

Dorm and Meal Plan Information:
When applicable, residential students receive 3 meals on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends. Commuters receive a daily lunch buffet. All meals take place in our Lawrence Hall Dining Room.


Cost Breakdown
Deposit $100
Tuition $600
Total Commuter $700.00
Add-On: Dorm and Meal Plan $650
Total Resident $1,350.00


Available Discounts:
1. A 30% tuition discount is currently offered to Point Park University employees, alumni, and their immediate family members. Family is defined as yourself, your spouse, and/or your children. Room and board costs are not available for this discount.

Welcome to our campus!

All classes will be held on campus at Point Park University. Editing classes take place in the West Penn Editing Labs.


Point Park University
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

iMac Editing Suites:

Students will have unlimited access to computers equipped with the Adobe Creative Suites (including Premiere, After Effects, Lightroom, etc.)


The option to live on campus during this program is available to students at least 14 years old.

We will do our best to fulfill roommate requests, but requests are NOT guaranteed. Students will have the opportunity to enter requests during the registration process. 

Each residence hall has multiple points of secure access to student living areas, such as keycards, access codes, and lock and key. 

Adult resident assistants (RAs) live on campus to supervise students who are minors. Each RA is responsible for eight to ten minors. 

As an undergraduate, graduate or international student at Point Park, you’ll have access to opportunities only a world-class city can offer — and few universities can match — for a real-world, career-oriented education. Consider a B.F.A. in Cinema Production.

Community and Summer Education Contact Information
Email SummerCamps@PointPark.Edu
Call 412-392-3456
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