About the College of Motion Picture Arts

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A Legacy of Film Education in Florida

In 1989, the Florida State Legislature founded a flagship program in Tallahassee designed to prepare young filmmakers for successful careers in the entertainment industry. More than twenty years later, the presence of The Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts can be seen throughout the industry and around the world.

Innovative Programs in Filmmaking

The College offers career-centered graduate and undergraduate programs that challenge students to master the art, craft, and business of storytelling. Students work intimately with respected faculty and visiting filmmakers who share a gift for teaching the art of storytelling, a blend of industry experts that has included Victor Nunez, Richard Portman, and Bill Carruth, as well as accomplished professionals such as Valerie Scoon, Reb Braddock, and Vicky Meyer.

Professional Facilities

The College is home to some of the largest studio facilities dedicated exclusively to motion picture education. Students learn the art of live-action production and animation through a hands-on, project-centered curriculum, and work with a range of professional-grade equipment and facilities, including sound stages, mixing theatres, RED cameras, post production studios, and grip and camera trucks.

Financial Assistance for Productions

FSU is the only motion picture college in the country that pays the production costs of every student's motion picture, creating a level playing field so students can focus on art, craft, and imagination. To ensure that this high caliber of education is available to the most talented student regardless of financial means, the university offers generous scholarships and assistantships, and tuition costs that are among the lowest in the country.

Career-Centered Curriculum

The College's administration strives to transition graduates seamlessly into the industry. Every graduate has the opportunity to be assigned to a mentor, who coordinates with faculty and staff to create career plans for students as they leave the program. This provides more than 97% of the College's graduates with meaningful work in the motion picture and television industry within 12 months of graduation.

Active Alumni

The College of Motion Picture Arts alumni include screenwriters Ron Friedman (Chicken Little and Open Season), Matthew Lopez (Race to Witch Mountain and the Sorcerer's Apprentice) and Melissa Carter Newman (Little Black Book and Life As We Know It), executives Jonathan King, Executive Vice President of Participant Productions (Spotlight and Lincoln) and Amy Kennedy, of Princess Pictures, and directors Greg Marcks (11:14), David Mitchell (It Follows, Myth of the American Sleepover), Josh Tickell (documentary award winner fields of Fuel), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, Medicine for Melancholy) and Frank Longo (National Lampoon's Repli-Kate). Our alumni can be found in every facet of the entertainment business, and they return to the College often to share their experience in the industry.