General Information

COVID-19 Precautions for In-Person Classes

Some of our usual offerings are not conducive to the online platform due to space and equipment necessary for the class’s success, and we are happy to bring them back this fall with appropriate precautions to ensure everyone’s safety:

  • The number of seats for in-person classes will be cut in half to ensure plenty of distancing space.
  • All students, instructors, and staff will wear masks at all times while in the PCA&M building.
  • Wipes and hand sanitizer will be available in each studio.
  • Shared / highly touched surfaces and tools will be disinfected after each class.
  • Multiple entrances to the building will be utilized to minimize interactions between different classes.
  • All cancelation fees will be waived. If you are sick and must stay home from class, you will get a full refund, regardless of when you need to cancel.
  • And of course, we will adhere to any new guidelines from Allegheny County, Governor Wolf’s office, and the CDC.

We know this is an ever-changing situation, and we are prepared to adapt our plans if we must.


Classes take place at Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media which is located at 1047 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. The City of Pittsburgh maintains metered parking at our location from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Mon – Sat.


Registrations are processed in the order received. No spaces will be held without full payment. It is the responsibility of the student to appear in class on the correct day and hour without additional notice. Students and/or their work may be photographed for use in Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media promotional materials without explicit permission. When students are responsible for providing their own materials, a supply list will be sent by email.

There are three ways to register:

  1. Browse and register online
  2. By phone with credit card payment only at 412-361-0455
  3. In person at our Shadyside campus at 1047 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Registration office hours

The Registration Office is normally open Mon – Fri, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The office maintains evening and Saturday hours when educational programs are in session.

payment & financial aid

How to pay

  • Online: Enter your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express information on the registration form
  • By check: Make checks or money orders payable to: Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media (a $35 fee is charged for returned checks)

Financial aid

A limited number of financial awards are available for students demonstrating financial need. Students who have never applied for an award must fill out an application and submit proof of income. Students who have previously submitted a current year proof of income need only submit the application. Proof of income must be updated every year, and you must notify us if your income has changed.

financial aid application

withdrawals & refunds

Students may withdraw from a class by calling the Registration Office. A $25 charge applies to all withdrawals, regardless of when it occurs.


You can transfer from one program to another for $15, plus or minus the difference in the cost of the class. Transfers may only be made within the same term and cannot be accepted with less than one week’s notice before the start date of the class.

waiting lists

Waitlists are maintained for fully enrolled classes. You may call to request to be placed on the waitlist or you can add yourself online. There is no cost to be placed on a wait list. Waitlisted students will be notified in the order that they were added if a space becomes available.


Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media’s Registration Office communicates to clients primarily through email. Please make sure to update your email information if it changes and to include your email address when you create an online account. Occasionally our correspondence gets sent the SPAM folder. You will receive a reminder email from our Registration Assistants between four and five days prior to beginning of class that will include information about the instructor, location, and time of the class, along with a list of any necessary supplies.

cancellations, building closures & emergencies

Occasionally classes are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In such cases, the Registration Office will notify you approximately 3 days before the class is scheduled to begin and the full tuition will be refunded by check or credit card, depending on the date of registration and the original payment method.

In the event of an unexpected closure or emergency, please check our homepage, our Facebook page and KDKA for updates.

Students will be emailed if a closure occurs with more than twelve hours notice. If the decision for closure must be made with less than twelve hours notice, office staff will attempt to contact students by phone.

student artwork & personal belongings

Personal belongings and artwork left behind at the conclusion of an educational program are collected and kept in the lost and found located in the Registration Office. Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media reserves the right to discard artwork and other personal belongings one week after the conclusion of a program.

Due to kiln firing schedules, some clay artwork may not be ready for pick up until after the class ends. The Registration Office will contact students when work is ready for pick-up. Students in adult programs may not leave personal supplies or artwork in studio classrooms from week to week. Students registered for painting or drawing classes that take place in the 2D studio may leave artwork in the standing storage in between classes but must be cleared at the end of each term.

age ranges

Adult courses are divided into levels so that students can enter as a novice and work his/her way through each level, learning new skills and enhancing knowledge in each content area. Students below the age of 18 are not allowed to attend adult classes.