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Overview of Cinema Arts Curriculum

Our program includes an intensive curriculum that requires all of our students to collaborate with fellow students on projects, meet strict deadlines, communicate in class through critiques and discussions and share artistic work in a public setting through either readings, presentations or screenings. To successfully complete this program in a timely manner, we recommend all of our students hold full-time status.

Transfer Applicants

All of our B.F.A. programs in the cinema arts department are sequential and demanding, and therefore we require all students — including transfer students — to complete all four years of our program.

Transfer credits for cinema arts-related courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis, only if the student has earned a B or better for the course, and the course meets with faculty approval (based on review of the previous institution’s syllabi and course descriptions).

How to Apply to the Cinema Arts Program

In order to apply and be admitted into the cinema production, cinema and media studies, animation and visual effects, screenwriting and the writing for screen and media program, prospective students must complete 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 applied).
  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

Cinema portfolios are reviewed by the faculty upon receipt and applicants will be notified of artistic decision and possible artistic achievement award as academic and artistic decisions are made. The cinema faculty reserve the right to request a phone or in-person interview as necessary; however, it is not mandatory unless requested by the faculty. 

Artistic Portfolio Guidelines

Your artistic portfolio should include the following:

A. Personal Essay

Your personal essay should be 550-750 words and should include but is not limited to an answer to the following:

  • What is it about yourself as an individual that makes you stand out in terms of your artistic abilities, creativity and vision?
  • What are your future professional goals?
  • And why are you applying to Point Park's cinema arts department?

B. Creative Portfolio Resume

The creative portfolio resume should document all of your artistic work. Each work listed should include year of completion, title, your role(s) in its creation and a brief description. You may also include film festival acceptance, awards the work has won, where it may have been published or if it was displayed in a gallery. In addition, the creative resume may also include software and/or technical skills, related creative organizations and activities, awards/recognitions and related coursework. 

All creative work submitted to your portfolio MUST be listed on this resume.

For example:

  • December 2018, Luna, short film, 8 minutes. Position: Writer/Director/Editor. This film follows Carter in 1993, as he loses his grip on reality after meeting a mystical woman named Luna. Created for Production 3 Course, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pa. 
  • March 2019, Self-Portrait, Charcoal Drawing Position: Artist. "Best in Show" in Point Park High School Art Contest.
  • February 2018, The Open Stage, Poem. Position: Writer.

C. Creative Work Portfolio 

All applicants must provide 1-5 sample(s) of other creative work that best demonstrates your abilities in the area that you are applying to including (but not limited to):

  • Animation and visual effects applicants: video, animation, visual effects work, graphics, studio arts (drawing, painting, sculpting, set design, etc.)
  • Screenwriting and writing for screen and media applicants: writing samples: film/play scripts, essays, short stories, creative writing pieces, etc.
  • Cinema production and cinema and media studies applicants: video, media arts, film, short-films, YouTube videos, photography, music, writing samples.

D. Select One of the Following Prompts to Answer

Choose one of the following prompts to answer:

A. Using the medium of your choice (video, writing, photography, painting, drawing, animation), create a self-portrait.

  • Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes. Written work should be no longer than 2 pages. Photos or drawings should be no more than 10 images.
  • Videos or photographs are encouraged for those applying to cinema production. Written work is encouraged for those applying to screenwriting. Drawings or animations are encouraged for those applying to animation.

Or

B. Using the medium of your choice (video, writing, photography, painting, drawing, animation), create a portrait of a person, place, or thing that has personal significance for you.

  • Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes. Written work should be no longer than 2 pages. Photos or drawings should be no more than 10 images.
  • Videos or Photographs are encouraged for those applying to cinema production. Written work is encouraged for those applying to screenwriting. Drawings or animations are encouraged for those applying to animation.

Once you have uploaded your media to this section, please click the gear icon and select “edit.” At the bottom of your submission, please list which prompt you selected in the description section.

The cinema arts department will not review an application that is missing portions of the portfolio requirements.

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.