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Academic Program Guide

Motion Picture Arts Production

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Fall 2023 and after)

*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.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. After the freshman year, students only take courses in the major and the curriculum is lock-step — i.e., the faculty determines which courses students take each semester and the sample schedule below is subject to change.

The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in 10 semesters for freshmen and 8 semesters for transfers. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and diversity requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-Track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

The Motion Picture Arts: Production major is a Limited Access program. Admission is highly selective.

General Education and any university requirements that can’t be met within the major should be completed before starting the program. Admitted freshman will complete these during their first year. Transfer applicants are encouraged to consult with the mapping coordinator during the application process.

Mapping Coordinator: Mary Correia

Sample Schedule and Required Milestones by Term

Sample Schedule: Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
1st GE Mathematics3
GE Core Natural Science and Lab4
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice (FIL 2001 Intro to Cinema Studies recommended)3
GE Social Science3
Required Milestones: Term 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics course ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Sample Schedule: Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics3
GE Natural Science3
GE Ethics (PHI2010 recommended)3
GE Core History (AMH2020 recommended)3
Required Milestones: Term 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics course ( ≥ C minus )
Complete GE Statewide Core courses
Complete one Diversity course
Complete Natural Science Lab
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Sample Schedule: Term 3 hrs
FIL2110 Story Development & Screenwriting I1
FIL2113L Screenwriting Workshop2
FIL2423 Filmmaking I3
FIL2557 Motion Picture Editing3
FIL2043 History & Practice of VFX and Animation2
FIL2090 Professional Communication (Oral Competency)1
FIL3922 Film Genres & Filmmakers 1
Required Milestones: Term 3
Complete FIL2090 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete FIL2043 ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Sample Schedule: Term 4 hrs
FIL3516 Film Camera & Lighting 2
FIL3932 Special Topics: Documentary Lab2
FIL2726 Compositing 12
FIL3363 Documentary Filmmaking3
IDS2453 Reality & Illusion in World Cinema3
Required Milestones: Term 4
Complete IDS2453 ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Summer hrs
FIL3433 Filmmaking II2
FIL2481L Acting for Filmmakers2
FIL4972 Thesis Film Production Management2
FIL3516 Film Camera & Lighting2
Sample Schedule: Term 5 hrs
FIL3132 Screenwriting II2
FIL4434 Advanced Filmmaking2
FIL2557 Motion Picture Editing2
FIL2533 Motion Picture Sound2
FIL3972 Thesis Film Support2
FIL3516 Film Camera and Lighting 2
Required Milestones: Term 5
Complete a Pre-graduation Check with College
Civic Literacy requirement
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Sample Schedule: Term 6 hrs
FIL4434 Advanced Filmmaking3
FIL3516 Film Camera & Lighting2
FIL2481L Acting for Filmmakers1
FIL2557 Motion Picture Editing2
FIL2533 Motion Picture Sound1
FIL3641L Motion Picture Production Management3
Required Milestones: Term 6
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Summer hrs
FIL4135 Thesis Development3
FIL4923 Undergraduate Film Seminar2
Sample Schedule: Term 7 hrs
FIL4973 Thesis Film12
FIL4973 Thesis Film11
FIL4975 Undergraduate Honors Thesis1
Term 8
FIL4973 Thesis Film3
FIL4970 Thesis Defense0
FIL4933 Professional Development3
Elective (Marketing required for directors)3
Required Milestones: Term 7
Complete Pre-Graduation Check with Registrar
Complete FIL4973 ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA

Employment Information
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.

International Opportunities: During the first two terms or upon completion of BFA program. International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

View Motion Picture Arts Production Program Guide