Making a motion picture takes more than simply pointing and shooting with a camera. It requires rigorous planning, effective teamwork, long hours, technical savvy…and most importantly, creative vision. And with these tools in place, you need even more preparation to face the challenges presented by the entertainment business.
The College of Motion Picture Arts has designed a Bachelor of Fine Arts program that trains you in the art, craft, and business of storytelling. The curriculum will challenge you in ways you’ve never experienced before, but you graduate prepared for a motion picture career, and you become a part of our close-knit community of filmmakers who are proud to call the College their alma mater.
Florida State is as dedicated to your success as a filmmaker as it is to providing you with a well-rounded education. Your education begins with a year to focus on your liberal arts core at a world-class research institution, where you enjoy the benefits of a large university in addition to the intimacy of the college.
For seven semesters (sophomore year through the fall of senior year), you learn the art of live-action production through an intimate, hands-on, and project-centered program. You work one-on-one with faculty and visiting filmmakers, who are industry experts with a gift for teaching the art of storytelling. Using state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and software, you are guided from basic production technique all the way to your festival-ready thesis film.
Because of the holistic filmmaking education you receive from our program, you are prepared to assume any role on a motion picture set. Upon graduation, you become part of a network of CMPA alumni who have earned a 97% industry placement rate within one year of graduation. The college offers you an opportunity to be paired with an industry mentor who can help you ground yourself in the business and get to know successful filmmakers. Our alumni can be found in every facet of the entertainment business, and they return often to share their experience in the industry.