Academic Communities

Make new friends. Explore your intellectual interests. Achieve your academic goals. 

In an Academic Community, in your first term you take up to three classes, including Academic Foundations, with the same small group of students. These classes focus on a specific area of study that speaks to your own unique interests and goals. It’s an unmatched opportunity to meet like-minded students right away, and to explore your interests and possible major with others who share your passion for the subject.  Click here for full details about the Academic Communities at Pitt.

Academic Communities Within The Film and Media Studies Program:

How to Make a Movie

“Hollywood in Pittsburgh” is a common phrase here. Learn the important role Pittsburgh has in the production and creation of films, both past and present. Learn the processes of movie-making by scripting, creating, and editing your own film. Write about your own engagement with film and film production, and discover where you fit in Pittsburgh’s vibrant film community. (7 credits)

To enroll in this Academic Community, students must place into Seminar in Composition. ENGCMP 0205 fulfills the Seminar in Composition requirement.

NOTE: Students enrolled in theis Academic Communty will travel to Rochester, NY to visit the George Eastman House to study early photographic and film technologies, as well as the Strong Museum’s Video and Electronic Game collection to investigate the present and near-future of media technologies. (This trip is funded by the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10816 ENGCMP 0205 - Seminar in Composition: Film MW 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3
25450 ENGFLM 0590 - Filmmaking: Production and Criticism F 9:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. 3
11029 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations W 5:00 - 5:50 p.m. 1

Click here to apply


Sports, The Body, and Society

How does society use media to understand the relationship between sports, athletics, and the human body?  This community will introduce you to the history of sports in broadcast and film, the history and use of technology in the representation of athletes and the body, and exciting educational options for sports related careers. (7 credits) 

NOTE: In addition to visiting sporting events and Pitt Studios to learn about the ACC Network, students enrolled in this Academic Community will travel to Rochester, NY to visit the George Eastman House to study early photographic and film technologies for recording human movement, as well as the Strong Museum’s Video and Electronic Game collection to investigate the present and near-future of e-sports. (This trip is funded by the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
30935 ENGFLM 0585 - Technologies of the Body W 1:00 - 4:50 p.m. 3
29919 SOC 0465 - Sociology of Sports M 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 3
25592 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations M 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. 1

Click here to apply

Testimonials

"The How To Make a Movie academic community was one of the most valuable experiences of my freshman year. Being one of the only freshman programs for film students, it provided me with a supportive group of people with similar interests to me, all of whom have stayed in touch even after the semester ended. Additionally, the program made it easy to get involved on campus and gave me the confidence to try things I never would have thought myself qualified for."  

-Livia Rappaport 

"This community was an incredibly formative experience for me, academically as well as extra-curricular.  While I was learning foundations of film studies and production, I was also meeting people who I will be working alongside throughout my career at Pitt.  Having this foundation of film studies at Pitt has vastly shaped my experience within the department and I am so grateful for what I learned and how I continue to use it. "

-J. Claire Carpenter

Benefits of Joining an Academic Community 

  • Connect with your peers and make friends. Pitt’s a big place. Academic Communities offer built-in opportunities to socialize and connect with like-minded students and find your fit on campus.
  • Connect with Pitt’s premier faculty. Focused groups allow for more personal interaction with our world-class faculty members.
  • Connect with the academic tools you need. College is different than high school, and you need different tools. In an Academic Community, you have peer support for writing and studying, and you’ll receive a comprehensive, robust, and supportive introduction to academic life at Pitt in the Intro to the Arts and Sciences class.
  • Connect your interests to your academic plan. When you register for an Academic Community for your first term, you’re taking on a partial course load catered to your specific interests, helping you build a meaningful and efficient schedule of classes.
  • Connect to the campus and city. You’ll get insider insight from experienced staff and other students into all of the resources and amenities that Pitt’s campus offers. And, you’ll explore the “little big” city of Pittsburgh, from investigating diverse and unique neighborhoods hands on, to attending cultural events, to exploring what opportunities await for internships and career experiences throughout town.

Frequently Asked Questions

Apply to an Academic Community