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Florida State University
2014-2015 General Bulletin - Undergraduate Edition

College of Motion Picture Arts

Dean: Frank Patterson

Established in 1989, the College of Motion Picture Arts is one of only seven university-based film conservatories in the country. In the short time the College has been in operation, it has quickly become recognized nationwide as an outstanding motion picture production program. At the undergraduate level, the College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees with majors in Production and in Animation and Digital Arts. At the graduate level, the College offers Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees to those admitted. The College provides state-of-the-art motion picture equipment and studio facilities for production and post-production operations, and it funds all student workshops and projects, including the graduate and undergraduate thesis productions.

The expertise of the College’s faculty reflects the direction and range the school will take in the future. Frank Patterson, Dean of the College of Motion Picture Arts, has more than twenty years experience in the film and television industry as a writer, director, producer, editor, and consultant. He is joined by twenty-five faculty members, all of whom are specialists in the areas of producing, writing, directing, cinematography, visual effects, editing, sound recording, production design, motion picture history, theory, and aesthetics.

Faculty Distinctions

The College of Motion Picture Arts has a strong commitment to hiring experienced working professionals who have both teaching skills and professional goals. The full-time faculty comprises working filmmakers with various specializations as writers, directors, production designers, and editors in both the theatrical and non-theatrical film and television industries, many of whom have won national and international awards and honors for their work. Some also have strong records as research scholars and fiction writers. The faculty also includes visiting professors in the fields of motion picture law, business distribution, exhibition, and promotion.

Facilities

The College of Motion Picture Arts operates extensive production facilities for its graduate and undergraduate programs in University Center A on Florida State University’s campus in Tallahassee, and in an off-campus site in Midway, Florida, known as the Torchlight Center.

Considered one of the finest facilities in the world devoted exclusively to film education, it includes: professional sound stages, a green-screen/motion capture stage, a cinematography and set operations teaching stage, grip and electric trucks fully equipped with industry standard G&E equipment, an ADR and Foley recording studio, re-recording stages, QC and dailies screening rooms, digital animation/VFX production labs, color correction suites, a 120-seat screening room, digital animation/VFX production suites, seminar rooms, writer rooms, interactive classrooms, individual post production suites, teaching labs and student production planning rooms.

The College is equipped for and supports industry-standard acquisition in HD, 2k, 4k, digital formats, and digital sound recording formats.

In addition, the College hosts a resource center of over 5,000 motion picture titles, and other resources which include screenplays, books, and an archive of 35mm and 16mm film prints.

Undergraduate Degree Program

The programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are designed to lead students through the complete process of creating short films, while incorporating a well-rounded liberal arts education that includes writing courses. Core courses in the majors include producing, directing, cinematography, screenwriting, sound, editing, production management, motion picture history, theory, and aesthetics. Students may be accepted into the programs at the freshman level or transfer into the programs once at least thirty semester hours of the liberal studies requirements have been completed.

The College’s world-class facilities aid in meeting the goals of the undergraduate programs—to educate students in the art and craft of motion picture storytelling and to help them become integral members of the academic community of Florida State University. Graduates are trained to be members of the entertainment profession and participants in a creative and professional enterprise.

Admission to the Undergraduate Program

Admission to the College of Motion Picture Arts is limited access, making admission highly selective and competitive. Applicants must apply to Florida State University’s Office of Admissions by their fall admission deadline and must submit a separate application to the College of Motion Picture Arts. Each applicant must submit a resumé, three letters of recommendation, copies of high school and college transcripts, a writing sample, and a 500–1000 word essay describing his or her motivation for pursuing an education in motion picture arts. Any application that does not contain all of these items will be considered incomplete and will be denied automatically. As an option, applicants may submit a sample of their best work (video, photographs, animations, etc.). All application materials must be received online by the College of Motion Picture Arts no later than the University’s fall admission deadline for the applicant to be considered for admission the following Fall semester. More information concerning the undergraduate application is available online at http://film.fsu.edu.

Health Insurance

Students seeking degrees in certain majors, including film, assume any exposure to the particular hazards associated with that major. As protection for our students, the College of Motion Picture Arts requires that majors present proof of health and accident insurance (name of insurer and policy number) prior to registration in the Fall semester of each year. Students are expected to maintain this insurance throughout their enrollment in the program.