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Conservatory of Performing Arts


A Real-World Education in the Arts

Ever dreamed of writing a Hollywood movie? Or dancing with a professional ballet company? Or acting on a Broadway stage? Dreams such as these have a way of coming true at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University.

Consider the stage set for a phenomenal preparation, whatever your discipline within the arts. Experience the Conservatory of Performing Arts programs in:


The Conservatory of Performing Arts offers the following degrees:

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program

Cinema Arts

The Cinema Arts Department offers B.A. and B.F.A. degrees in:


Point Park University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.

The Department of Dance offers degrees in:

Students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the audition process may be offered acceptance into the B.F.A. program upon entering the program. B.F.A. auditions are held for all other students following the completion of freshman year. Dance pedagody is a B.A. program only.


The Department of Theatre offers degrees in:

Interested B.A. and transfer students may audition for the B.F.A. at the end of their first year of training. Please note: Any student transferring into the acting or musical theatre programs will be accepted as a freshman. Transfer students will receive elective credit for previous college-level theatre training.

M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Playwriting

Over the course of two years, students in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in writing for the screen and stage program are required to attend three residencies of one to two weeks on Point Park's Downtown Pittsburgh campus. Courses will be completed online during the fall and spring semesters.

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. in community engagement prepares leaders for outreach and partnership work in civic, business and community organizations. Students can complete this 54-credit program in three academic years (attending class one night per week), and possibly less depending on whether they are transferring any post-master's credits.