Best Affordable BFA Film School

Florida State University College of Media Arts and Production

Florida State University - College of Motion Picture Arts

Florida State University - College of Motion Picture Arts

Extending well beyond the boundaries of field production, effective filmmaking requires research, planning, collaboration, dedication, both technical and business savvy and most importantly, an inspired story. The Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts has designed a Production...

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FSU describes itself as being “committed to value,” and U.S. News & World Report ranked them the #5 best value colleges in America. The school boasts a strong alumni network and pays for all student films.

FSU CMPA students pay $721 per credit hour — if you take 15 credits per semester to meet the required 120 credit minimum for graduation, tuition fees are $21,683 for out-of-state students. In-state tuition is even more affordable at 215.55 per credit hour for a total of $6,466 per year, plus a $350.00 equipment usage fee.

Room and board are also one of the most affordable for BFA film students nationwide. For the 2022-2023 school year, a 1bd/1ba apartment shared by two students costs only $2,795 per semester, while a double suite with a private bathroom costs. $3,940. Read our interview with Juliana Lee White, an FSU CMPA student.

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Runner-up: University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking

University of North Carolina - School of the Arts

University of North Carolina - School of the Arts

In your first two years at UNCSA, you will direct and shoot as many as six digital films as you take hands-on courses in every facet of modern film

In 2019, Variety ranked UNCSA among the top 50 most influential institutions worldwide. As one of the best film schools in the South, BFA film students enjoy a hands-on experience and complete funding for student films. Students can also attend the RiverRun International Film Festival each spring and screen their films in Los Angeles during senior year.
Alumni have described the intensive programs as emphasizing production for unparalleled value.

The annual in-state tuition is just $6,497, while out-of-state students pay $23,731. UNSCA's fixed tuition schedule ensures fees never increase over its eight-semester programs. There is a $1,495 annual fee for unlimited equipment usage. Room and board are slightly more expensive but more affordable compared to the costs of on-campus living in major film hubs. Students pay $8,400 annually for a double occupancy suite and $9,660 for a single occupancy suite.

Currently, there aren’t enough applications to UNCSA in FilmSchool.org's Application Database to provide an accurate estimated acceptance rate. If you’ve applied, click here to add your data.