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Apply for the MFA in Writing

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.

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 screenwriting 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. The application will be available August 1st.

Select Major Name: Motion Picture Arts - Writing
Degree Level: Masters

Applicants must upload the following items to the on-line application.  All materials for the MFA in Writing 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 the application will be incomplete and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee:

  • Resumé: A document that highlights your education, creative endeavors, activities, travel, relevant employment and service work as they apply to your aspirations as a filmmaker (no longer than 3 pages).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: 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.
  • Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose is really the “story of you”, describing how your past and current life experiences have motivated you to pursue a career in the filmmaking industry. The statement of purpose should be no more than 1000 words in length.
  • Writing Sample 1: A two-page non-dialogue scene about a person trying to kill a spider in his/her home. The scene should be considered the opening for a screenplay or theatrical work. Writing samples should be typed in 12-point Courier in standard play or screenplay format. Include a cover page with your name and the writing sample number.
  • Writing Sample 2: A three-page dialogue scene about a person trying to return an item to a store. The scene should be considered the opening for a screenplay or theatrical work. Writing samples should be typed in 12-point Courier in standard play or screenplay format. Include a cover page with your name and the writing sample number.
  • Writing Sample 3: A sample of original creative work, such as a short story, short play or screenplay of up to 5 pages. Writing samples should be typed in 12-point Courier and, when applicable, in standard play or screenplay format. Include a cover page with your name and the writing sample number.
  • 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: http://admissions.fsu.edu/images/pdf/gpacompworksheet.pdf.

You will also need to send an official copy of your transcript to the Graduate Admissions office at 282 Champions Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400 or electronically to graduateadmissions@admin.fsu.edu by the application deadline.

Students applying to the Motion Picture Arts - Writing major MUST submit scores for 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 requires an internet-based TOEFL score of 90 or an IELTS score of 7.  Florida State University’s institutional code is 5219.

Graduate Assistantships students of the MFA in Writing program are available during the second year of study, and will include teaching responsibilities for the College. Writing students can apply for an assistantship at the end of their first year of study.

Approximately 24 Writing applicants will be invited for a mandatory on-campus interview 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.  Interviews typically take place during mid-February and March; specific dates have not yet been determined. International applicants will have the option to conduct their interviews via Skype.

Please contact Nick McKaig at (850) 644-8524 or nmckaig@film.fsu.edu with any questions concerning the MFA in Writing admissions process.