CCAC South Campus to offer new Film Technician Certificate

Article by: CCAC Public Relations
PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County will offer a Film Technician Certificate program at its South Campus, beginning in January 2017, which will train students for in-demand careers with family sustaining wages. Through a combination of core and specialty classes, students will develop the skills to complete the certificate, gain on-set movie or TV experience and qualify to work in the industry on film, television, concerts and sporting events as crew.

The film industry in Southwestern Pennsylvania has been steadily growing since the Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit Program was implemented in 2007. In 2016, four television series and three feature films were filming in Pittsburgh employing more than 1,500 crew, and a typical production will hire 200 local film workers on a full-time basis, according to the Pittsburgh Film Office. When the region has multiple film and TV projects, there is a shortage of qualified crew members. CCAC’s Film Technician Certificate is designed to address this shortage by preparing graduates for positions in set construction and design, set lighting, sound mixing and editing, camera operation, craft services, video and production assisting, wardrobe, location scouting and more.

Industry professionals will join CCAC faculty as adjuncts, and the program will be established in a studio space specifically designed to train crew for the film and television industry, which will be ready for the full program launch in August. Eight core classes will be augmented by many other courses to enable specialization in a variety of crew positions. Students can remain in the program through certificate completion or attend for any number of classes to prepare for employment.

For more information about the CCAC Film Technician Certificate program, contact George Jaber, CCAC Theater professor and department head at or call 412.469.6219.

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