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Apply for the MFA in Production

Admission into the MFA in Production is highly selective; each class is made up of only 24 students.  For consideration of admission into the College of Motion Picture Arts Production program for the Fall of 2015, the application deadline is December 1, 2014.  The college admits students into the program in the Fall semester only.  Below is detailed information concerning specific application requirements.

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, and must have at least a 3.0 GPA in upper-division coursework (all courses completed after reaching 60 credits).  Applicants are not required to have previous experience in film production or a film-related graduate degree.

Enter the Florida State University Graduate Application when you are ready to apply.  The application will be available beginning August 1st.

Major Name: Motion Picture Arts - Production
Degree Level: Masters

Applicants must upload the following items to the on-line application.  All materials for the MFA in Production must be submitted online.  Any materials sent by mail will not be considered.  All materials including letters of recommendation must be submitted by December 1, 2014, or your application will be incomplete and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

  • Unofficial Transcript(s): Provide an unofficial scanned copy of your most recent transcript(s) indicating all college-level work. In addition, domestic applicants must complete and upload the self-reported undergraduate GPA computation worksheet. The worksheet is located at: will also need to have an official copy of your transcript mailed to the Graduate Admissions office, 282 Champions Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400 by the application deadline.  Their office will also accept most electronic official transcripts formats at
  • Resumé: The resume must be 1-3 pages in length and can list degrees, employment, and/or previous creative endeavors.
  • Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose should describe your artistic experiences, creative influences, personal objectives and future career goals, as well as any other personal information you believe relevant to consideration for the program. The statement of purpose should be 500 to 1,000 words in length.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: The on-line application requests that you enter names and email addresses for the individuals who will be writing letters on your behalf. Then the on-line application sends those individuals a request that they return their letters on your behalf directly to our on-line application via a link that we provide. Letters may come from any combination of academic and professional references. Personal recommendations will not be accepted. Letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline of December 1, 2014.
  • OPTIONAL: A sample of your best written work. The creative writing sample must be original work of no greater than 20 pages. The sample can be any one of the following: a short play or screenplay; the first 20 pages of a full-length play or feature-length screenplay; a short story; or a work of narrative creative non-fiction. Only one writing sample will be accepted. No physical samples (faxed or mailed) will be considered.
  • OPTIONAL: A sample of your best visual work. The visual sample must be an original work and can be any one of the following: 1) a short film of up to 30 minutes 2) the first 30 minutes of a feature-length film, or 3) photographs (no more than 15 images). The visual sample must be clearly labeled with the applicant's name. Only one visual sample will be accepted; no film compilations, sizzle reels, etc. The sample, whether a video or set of images, must be uploaded online and a link must be provided in a separate document to the "Supporting Documents" section. You are welcome to provide a brief description (no more than a couple sentences) that provides perspective on your submitted materials. No physical materials (faxed or mailed) will be considered.
  • OPTIONAL: If you would like to apply for a graduate assistantship with the College of Motion Picture Arts, please upload a one-page document within the graduate application describing your specific background and experience to the online application, such as teaching and administrative positions you have held. You may also include pertinent information concerning your financial circumstances.

Students applying to the Motion Picture Arts - Production major are NOT required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

All international students must complete a TOEFL examination before admittance to any FSU graduate program.  Requirements for the TOEFL can be found here.  The Institutional code is 5219.

Approximately 90 Production applicants will be invited for mandatory on-campus interviews with the Motion Picture Arts Admissions Committee. Those selected to interview for Fall 2015 admission will be notified no less than 10 days prior to the interview session.  We anticipate that interviews will take place during late February and March 2015; specific dates have not yet been determined. International applicants will conduct their interviews via Skype

Please contact Nick McKaig at (850) 644-8524 or with any questions concerning the MFA Production admissions process.