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Academic Program Guide

Motion Picture Arts Production

College: Motion Picture Arts
Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
Specialized Admission: Yes

Contact: Mary Correia
Address: A5100 University Center, FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-4927

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The program of study leading to a bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA) in production combines schooling in filmmaking with a solid grounding in liberal studies. The curriculum directs students through the program in such a way that they will begin learning the special language of film by making short films, culminating with a senior thesis film.

The College of Motion Picture Arts funds most production expenses, including those of the thesis films. Screenwriting, production, and film analysis are viewed as part of an integrated process. The goal of the program is to produce educated, literate, creative filmmakers; the focus of the program is on fictional narrative films. The major courses include producing, directing, animation, screenwriting, editing, camera and lighting, sound, production management, film history, film theory and film aesthetics.

Students entering the program as freshmen will spend the first year working on general education requirements and then are immersed, sophomore through senior years in Production courses. Transfer students will enter the program as sophomores and complete the degree in eight semesters, which include two summers. Transfer applicants should complete all general education requirements before starting the program and are encouraged to consult with the academic advisor for course planning when applying.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: None
There are no common prerequisites to the FSU program.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Admission Requirements to Major Program of Studies
The Motion Picture Arts: Production major is a limited access program. Admission is highly selective. Each class comprises no more than 21 students. Separate applications must be made to The Florida State University Office of Admissions and to the College of Motion Picture Arts. All program applicants must apply to FSU by the Fall early admission deadline. An applicant seeking to enter the Motion Picture Arts must meet the grade point average and test score requirements described by the University’s Office of Admissions, .

The College of Motion Picture Arts application package consists of the following items: the on-line application, résumé, a writing sample, creative submission, three letters of recommendation on letterhead, and a statement of purpose (a 500 to 1,000 word essay describing your background, artistic experiences, creative influences, personal objectives, and future career goals). The College of Motion Picture Arts application deadline is posted on our website .

All students are accepted into the program beginning in the fall semester only. Once admitted into the Production Major, students must maintain a “B” average in all major requirements. Continuation in the major will depend on the development of each student’s talents, skills, professional discipline and academic record, including a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above. A student’s work and commitment are under continuous review, and any candidate who fails to maintain high standards may be dismissed from the program.


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (91 hours)
This information is subject to change; contact department.

Program Core Requirements
FIL 2043r (2) History & Practice of Visual Effects and Animation
FIL 2090r (1) Professional Communication
FIL 2110r (1) Story Development and Screenwriting I
FIL 2113L (2) Screenwriting Workshop
FIL 2423 (3) Filmmaking I
FIL 2481 (2) Acting for Filmmakers
FIL 2533r (2) Motion Picture Sound
FIL 2557r (7) Motion Picture Editing
FIL 2726 (2) Compositing I
FIL 3132 (2) Screenwriting II
FIL 3363r (3) Documentary Filmmaking
FIL 3433 (2) Filmmaking II
FIL 3516 (8) Film Camera and Lighting
FIL 3922r (1) Film Genres and Filmmakers
FIL 3971r (2) Thesis Film Support
FIL 4135 (3) Thesis Development
FIL4434r (5) Advanced Filmmaking
FIL 4923r (2) Undergraduate Film Seminar
FIL 4970r (0) Thesis Defense
FIL 4972r (2) Production Management
FIL 4973r (12) Thesis Film
FIL 4933 (3) Professional Development
IDS 2453 (3) Reality & Illusion in World Cinema

FIL 2441 Practicum in Technical Support
FIL 2727r Compositing II
FIL 3932r Special Topics
FIL 4474 Production: Advanced Cinematography
FIL 4539 Production: Advanced Sound
FIL 4567 Production: Advanced Editing
FIL 4613 Marketing and Exhibition
FIL 4872 Film Aesthetics
FIL 4905r Directed Individual Study
FIL 4910r Application of Research and Creative Methods
FIL 4940r Application of Instruction Methods
FIL4945r Professional Internship
FIL 4975r Undergraduate Honors Thesis

Completion of the program should be planned with an academic advisor, with regard to the student’s background and goals

The following required courses in the major fulfill Liberal Studies for the 21st Century General Education and University-Wide Requirements:

• FIL 2043r History & Practice of Visual Effects and Animation fulfills:
o Digital Literacy
o Scholarship in Practice
o GE Humanities

• FIL 2090 Professional Communication fulfills:
o Oral Communication Competency

• IDS 2453 Reality & Illusion in World Cinema fulfills:
o GE History
o “W’ (Writing)
o Diversity

• FIL 4135 Thesis Development fulfills:
o Upper Division Writing

• FIL 4973 Thesis Film fulfills
o Formative Experience

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hours Required 120
General Education 36
Major Coursework 91
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 0 beyond major
Oral Competency 0-3
Other Required Coursework 0
Electives to bring total number of credit hours to 120

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major (BFA or MFA): Director, Writer, Producer(Executive, Assistant, Unit), Director of photography, Editor, Post-production coordinator, Casting director, Production designer, Art director, Supervising art director, Set decorator, Costume designer, Costumer, On-set costume assistant, Makeup, Production manager, Post-production supervisor, Propmaker, Property master, Storyboard artist, Set dressing foreman, Set designer, Animatics, Animatics supervisor, Graphic designer, Visual development coordinator, Foley mixer, Sound effects recordist, Supervising sound editor, Production sound mixer, Sound editor, Dialogue Supervisor, Visual effects coordinator, Visual effects creative supervisor, Animation supervisor, Effects animator, Electrician, Best boy electric, Grip, Gaffer, Best boy lighting, Marketing coordinator, Production accountant, Craft service, Location manager, Script Supervisor.

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