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Thank you for your interest in the College of Motion Picture Arts. Admission into the college is highly selective; the College admits students into the program in the fall semester only. Please carefully review the requirements listed below and the Frequently Asked Questions before applying.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, and must have at least a 3.0 GPA in upper-division coursework (all undergraduate courses completed after reaching 60 credits).
Applicants are not required to have previous experience in film production or film-related coursework. However, strong candidates should be able to demonstrate an active interest in visual and/or narrative storytelling through coursework, internships, creative works, job experience, and/or compelling life experiences, and how that experience will help make them strong filmmakers.
Enter the Florida State University Graduate Application when you are ready to apply.
Major Name: Motion Picture Arts - Production
Degree Level: Masters
Deadline: December 1st, 2016
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.
No more than 30 seconds: Finish your pitch by telling us in one or two sentences what the audience should ultimately learn from the story.
If any of the parameters are not met or if your Video Pitch exceeds a total running time of 3 minutes, your submission will not be considered.
Your Video Pitch must be submitted in the form of a URL within a PDF or Word file for the Admissions Committee to view. If you do not want the public to be able to view your Video Pitch or your Creative Submission, you will need to password protect the video and provide the password with the URL.
You must also have an official copy of your transcript(s) sent by your institution(s) to the Graduate Admissions office at 282 Champions Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400 or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline. While the official transcripts are not due by the application deadline (December 1st), they should be requested by the deadline in order to complete the application for review. We cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed if the transcript is not received shortly following the application deadline. For this reason, the College recommends you request your official transcript be sent to the University as soon as you begin your application.
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 or IELTS examination before admission to any FSU graduate program. The College of Motion Picture Arts prefers the TOEFL examination although we will accept IELTS scores. The University requires an internet-based TOEFL score of 80 or an IELTS score 6.5. Florida State University’s institutional code is 5219. While the TOEFL or IELTS official scores are not due by the application deadline (December 1st), the test should be taken and sent to FSU by the deadline in order to complete the application for review. Official scores must be received by January 1st, 2017 for consideration to the College of Motion Picture Arts.
TOEFL scores are valid for two years following the test date. Applicants whose scores were received over two years ago must retake the test and resubmit their current scores with the admissions application. An English proficiency examination may be waived if the applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
Any international student living outside of the United States accepted into the College of Motion Picture Arts Production MFA will be required to attend the summer Accelerated Courses for Enrolled Students (ACES) program here at Florida State University through the Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) immediately before beginning courses in the Fall of 2017. The Summer ACES program is a seven-week intensive program only offered to international students who have been fully admitted into graduate programs at FSU (to begin in the Fall). With Summer ACES, students enter the United States a full ten weeks before the start of fall classes and hone their English skills with an emphasis on how students write and communicate effectively.
Review Process and Notification
The applicant’s submitted application, complete with Resume, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation, Creative Submission, and Video Pitch along with any other required documents will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine a select group of applicants invited to mandatory on-campus interviews. Those selected for an interview will be notified at least ten days prior to the interview session. Interviews will take place in either late February or throughout March of 2017 with specific dates yet to be determined. International applicants living outside of the United States will have the option to conduct their interviews via Skype.
Applicants will be notified of their status via the email provided in the College of Motion Picture Arts application. It is important to keep both your email address and phone number current by emailing us at Admissions@film.fsu.edu if you need to make any changes.
Final notifications will go out starting mid-March and will continue through April 15th of 2017.
A short waiting list will be selected and kept until the start of classes in the Fall semester of 2017 in case any of the originally selected applicants are unable to attend. Students on the waiting list are notified if and when places become available in the entering class. Rankings within the waiting list for each major are not disclosed, and there is no guarantee that candidates will be offered a place in the entering class. Unsuccessful applicants, including waiting list candidates who did not receive a place, may apply again the following year but will not be given special consideration if choosing to reapply in a future year.
If you have any questions concerning the MFA Production admissions process, please contact the College's Admissions at Admissions@film.fsu.edu or 850-644-8524.