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Apply for the MFA in Writing

Admission into the MFA in Writing is highly selective; each class is made up of only 6 students. For consideration of admission into the College of Motion Picture Arts Writing program for the Fall of 2015, the application deadline is December 1, 2014. 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 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 onlinePhysical materials, whether faxed or mailed, 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: http://admissions.fsu.edu/images/pdf/gpacompworksheet.pdfYou 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 graduateadmissions@admin.fsu.edu.
  • Resumé: The resume should 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 must 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.
  • 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. The length indicated is the maximum allowed. 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. The length indicated is the maximum allowed. 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. The first five pages only. Writing samples should be typed in 12-point Courier and, when applicable, in standard play or screenplay format. The length indicated is the maximum allowed. Include a cover page with your name and the writing sample number.
  • Official GRE scores: Scores should be reported directly to Florida State University from the Educational Testing Service.

Approximately 24 Writing 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 February 2015; specific dates have not yet been determined  International applicants will conduct their interviews via Skype.

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

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