Wednesday, November 15, 2023
This program gives students an affordable opportunity to earn both a B.F.A. degree from the Conservatory of Performing Arts — and an MBA from the Rowland School of Business — in four years plus one additional semester in the summer.
Monday, April 10, 2023
"I seek to provide students with industry background and film examples that are new and endearing, that are tangible to their needs as aspiring artists, and that inspire a creative bent in young filmmakers."
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
"My experience at Point Park has been one of great reward, discovery and collaboration. Because I'm also a professional arts administrator and producer, I'm regularly looking for artists for works in development, and it's a pleasure to work with students as artist colleagues."
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
"This impacts our students in terms of employment opportunities to work in the Pittsburgh area. On productions from as far back as the filming of the Dark Knight Rises in 2011 up through the recent production of Mayor of Kingstown on Paramount+, faculty would pass by one of the many sets around the city and see alumni working on them," said Professor Andrew Halasz.
"Having four regional Emmy’s under my belt after my first year working for PBS is humbling. It inspires me to continue to share stories that make a difference in our communities and eventually around the world."
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
"My experience managing national and international productions — both from the home office of National Geographic or while traveling and working in the field — informs everything I teach ... Filmmaking is hard work, but the rewards and opportunities make every minute worth it."
"I loved that you began making and experimenting with film your freshman year ... I’m grateful that Point Park had such a heavy focus on storytelling and allowed me to go through the full process of making a film many, many times."
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
"I’ve been very fortunate to have many real-world experiences in my career as an editor and as a teacher, all of which inform my teaching today. I create my lectures with the industry in mind so that the students will have the necessary skills when they graduate."
Monday, April 11, 2022
“Our Summer in the City programs are a great way for younger students to get a taste of academic college life, experience the excitement of Downtown Pittsburgh and find out what motivates them about learning,” said Heidi Ward, director of community and summer education.
Monday, April 11, 2022
"The Honors Program enhances my education by giving me the opportunity to learn more about the things I love. The program gives me a chance to delve deeper into certain topics outside of the classroom. It gives me the chance to learn more and have a more well-rounded educational experience."
"The cinema program's immediate immersion in filmmaking was so different from other schools. From the first year you are already creating your own films and this was very important to me in choosing a school."
Monday, October 11, 2021
Point Park University students, alumni and faculty were honored at the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania's 57th annual Golden Quill Awards, held Sept. 28 at the Rivers Casino.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Garfield Lemonius, M.F.A., has been appointed dean of the Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) at Point Park University and artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Lemonius was previously appointed acting dean and artistic director, and prior to that served as chair of the Department of Dance.
"The classes and faculty at Point Park still impact my work to this day. I interned at Sony Music Entertainment and SAG-AFTRA while in law school, and I know that I was awarded those opportunities because of my undergraduate education and experience. There is no doubt about that."
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Boosting student professional skills, connecting to meaningful employment and collaborating to implement workforce solutions are just a few achievements reported in the 2020-21 Annual Report for of Point Park University’s Professional Career-Readiness Center.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
"All that we teach, the training we give, the projects we assign, have the end goal of engaging students in the experiential process of making work. This is what best prepares students to succeed in the industry."
"For those trying to get into the industry, it may be difficult at first, but once your foot is in the door, make the most of your opportunity. If you put in the work and stay humble, you will succeed in the industry."
"The most valuable thing Point Park gave me was a supportive network of people ... Additionally, having the hands-on filmmaking experience was priceless. Knowing set etiquette and general production speak is invaluable even in my role as a marketer."
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Students and alumni are among the recipients of the 2020 Robert L. Vann Media Awards from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. The awards recognize outstanding journalism coverage of African American and African diaspora communities, individuals and issues.
"Due to the hands-on nature of the program, we all learned on-set etiquette our first year, not just through our professors but through our upperclassmen. Learning how to behave on a set from Point Park has been invaluable during my time here in New York City."
Friday, June 5, 2020
"The best thing we can do for students is to help them produce work — make films, create animations and write screenplays. All that we teach, the training we give, the projects we assign, have the end goal of engaging students in the experiential process of making work. This is what best prepares students to succeed in the industry after leaving Point Park," said Andrew Halasz, chair.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
During the “Beyond the Stage: See yourself in a theatre career!” workshop hosted by the sports, arts and entertainment management department at Point Park University, several groups of high school students from the region learned about the wide variety of careers in theatre arts management while touring the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Point Park University students across a variety of majors — from business management, IT and sports, arts and entertainment management to cinema arts, theatre production and dance — recently visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., as a capstone to their Rowland School of Business Disney Leadership Seminar class.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Point Park University is just the fourth institution of higher education in the United States to qualify for the Sarah Jones Film Student Safety Program. The program is an initiative from the nonprofit Sarah Jones Film Foundation, which advocates for safe conditions on film sets.
Calyx Deroche earned a B.A. in cinema production in three years at Point Park. Before graduating, she interned at WQED and was recently hired as a Next Generation Fellow, an intensive training program for aspiring content creators.
"I’ve gotten a taste of how hard it is out there and how many people want the same things I want. I thought I was hardworking and passionate before, but now I’m aggressively hardworking and passionate," said Kelly Tran, cinema production major.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Pioneer Records 2018-19 winners Allissa Logsdon, stage name ALLISSA, and Victor Gariseb, stage name SouthWest DFRNT, performed March 19 at The Club at Stage AE to celebrate the three-track EP, ALLISSA.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
"What surprised me about this workshop was how interactive it was. We got to experiment with their equipment and I was chosen to get blasted by the blood cannon - it was an amazing experience," said student MacKenzy Cline.
Friday, November 2, 2018
From Storyburgh to Pink Panther Magazine, a variety of local and national publications have published the creative nonfiction and literary journalism work of seven Point Park University students and graduates.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
"To succeed as a filmmaker, you need passion and commitment. Read and write as much as you can. Watch as many films as you can ... Most importantly, go out and make your films," advises Park.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Korean War survivor Ock Soon Lee (Pega Crimbchin) came to campus Jan. 31 to share her harrowing - yet inspirational - story with Point Park University students, veterans, and members and guests of the Veterans Breakfast Club.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
"Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts is one of the top conservatories in the country. Having the opportunity to work with the current and future leaders of the industry is very exciting and rewarding."
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
"Pittsburgh is a such a great city to live and learn in. From a filmmaker's perspective, I have always found projects to work on and there's plenty of arts and cultural events happening in the city. It's a great location for artists! In addition, Point Park is a very liberal university. There are many different backgrounds, personalities and a mix of cultures."
Monday, May 11, 2015
Undergraduate students majoring in behavioral science, English/Creative writing, global cultural studies, intelligence and national security, psychology and more came together to present their research and readings at the Sixth Annual Humanities and Human Sciences Symposium.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Sports, arts and entertainment management alumni Craig Woolridge and Evan Schall, along with cinema production graduate Jayme Jennings, interned at New Perspective Communications Agency spring 2014.