MFA in Production

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: DEADLINE EXTENDED to December 12th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST

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.  

  • 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 12, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.  The application system will not send emails to your recommenders until the application has been fully submitted.
    Please have your recommender check their spam folder if they do not see an email request in their inbox after you have submitted the application. If there are any issues related to the recommendations, email and we will follow up with you or your recommender as soon as possible. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with their recommender to confirm the completion of the letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-1000 word essay describing who you are as an individual and what past and current life experiences have motivated you to pursue a career in the filmmaking industry. Use this statement as an opportunity to demonstrate your unique voice and personality in addition to your passion for storytelling.
  • Writing Sample: 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.
  • Creative Submission: A creative sample of work demonstrating your ability and commitment to storytelling. Strong samples contain visual or written material that demonstrate your creativity, imaginative expression of thought, and the potential for visual storytelling. You are welcome to include a brief description that provides perspective on your submitted materials. The sample must be uploaded online by way of a link within an uploaded document to the application. No physical materials (faxed or mailed) will be considered. Choose no more than three (3) of the following:
    • Film, video, animation, documentary or experimental work. Submissions must not exceed 15 minutes in length and can consist of reels, short films and/or clips from feature films. You must be part of the original creation of the work. Please be clear about your specific contributions for each project.
    • Drawings, paintings, sculpture, costume or set design that illustrates your creative vision and style. Limited to 10 images total.
    • Photography that explores your visual storytelling through up to 10 images.
    • A writing sample composed of one of the following: a short play or screenplay, the first 20 pages of a full-length play or feature-length screenplay, a narrative short story, a feature article, or poem that exemplifies your ability to engage readers, up to 15 pages.
  • Video Pitch:Create a video that introduces yourself and demonstrates your ability to author a simple compelling story. The video pitch should be no longer than 3 minutes total running time, and you must personally appear on camera pitching a story with the following three parameters:
    • No more than 30 seconds: Introduce yourself by telling us your name, where you are from, and a bit about your background.
    • No more than 120 seconds: Pitch us a story that centers around two characters stuck in a single locale who develop and ultimately overcome conflict between themselves.
    • 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.


  • Graduate Assistantship Letter (OPTIONAL): If you would like to apply for a graduate assistantship with the College of Motion Picture Arts, please upload a one-page document describing your specific background and experience to the online application, such as teaching and administrative positions you have held. You may also include pertinent information concerning your financial circumstances.
  • UnofficialTranscript(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:

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 by the application deadline. While the official transcripts are not due by the application deadline (December 12th), 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).

International Applicants

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 12th), 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 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 or 850-644-8524.