Florida State University - MFA in Writing Reviews & Admissions Statistics

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The College of Motion Picture Arts offers a Master of Fine Arts screenwriting program with a foundation in motion picture production.
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Degrees Offered
  1. 2 Year MFA
  1. Screenwriting
Tuition Range
$10k to $20k

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GRE Required?
  1. No
Portfolio Required?
  1. Yes
The College of Motion Picture Arts offers a Master of Fine Arts screenwriting program with a foundation in motion picture production. Working with professional and experienced screenwriters from the start, you are challenged to master the art, craft and business of storytelling. You graduate prepared for success in the industry, and you become a part of our close-knit community of screenwriters who are proud to call the College their alma mater.

The program’s curriculum is based on the philosophy that a successful writer’s creative work is informed by production knowledge and experience. You engage in intensive production training in your first semester, when you direct and screen a short motion picture.

Spend a semester in London

What better way to learn the fundamentals of storytelling than by spending a semester in London? Your first spring semester is spent in the cultural center of theatre, where you immerse yourself in the West End experience, and complete a feature-length screenplay and a one-act play.
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Reviewed by: Current Student
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Screenwriting
  • Affordable
  • Small class size
  • Tight-knit alumni
  • Great mentorship
  • Tallahassee?
Before I get into the details, it's worth mentioning that I'm in my second year at this program and have really enjoyed my time here. I will be biased, like any FSU student would be. Getting an MFA is a big deal, I took out loans to be here. And I have not been let down, I actually think I was undersold this program. I happen to be a Florida state resident who attended film school in Chicago and New York before this. I'm really glad I didn't let my desire to return to a big city overshadow my needs from a master's program, because I would've lost out.

I'll go through my ratings.

Affordability: Like I said, I'm a Florida resident so this was obviously the most affordable option for me. However, it's still very affordable for out of state and international students. In the writing program, you get a graduate assistantship in your second year that drastically lowers the cost of tuition while giving you a stipend. Tallahassee is by far more affordable than NYC or LA.

Alumni Network: This was a huge selling point for me. I knew about the tightness of the FSU alumni but I personally haven't done much to get involved yet. They do a lot to help you connect with alumni. When you're here, you get to know the year above you, and then the year below you, and they become a big part of your network as well. Additionally, writers take an LA trip to pitch and meet with alumni and industry professionals. I'm taking my trip this summer so I can't speak on it yet. They also support students after graduation with finding work.

Campus: As writers, we have our own room in the building that is only accessible to us and faculty. Being such a small program, having a dedicated room to ourselves is really great. We don't have to search for a place to go write, and we don't have to worry about someone coming in and erasing our work on the boards. For FSU as a whole, it's a beautiful campus and it's clearly being taken care of.

Career Assistance: I spoke a little about this in alumni network. It's hard to say since I'm still a student. However, my coursework has been really helpful. From learning script coverage to a very intense and detailed TV writers room simulation class, I have learned so much that has prepared me for working in the industry.

Coursework: This is a conservatory style program. You're writing, a lot. And you're rewriting, a lot. We're constantly working on idea generation, pitching, and finding our voices. It's such thorough and purposeful work. I will be leaving here with at least four features, two and a half TV pilots, a spec script, and a short story I plan on expanding into a novel. I say at least because it's up to me if I want to do more. The professors here are incredibly supportive and personable. Their mentorship has been extraordinary. They pay a lot of attention to you, your work, your voice. They care about us personally, about us getting burned out, and help us build lasting writing habits.

Facilities & Equipment: This isn't really important to writers. We do have pretty nice chairs in the writers room. Five stars for that, and for having our own writers room.

Professors: I said a lot about this in the coursework category. They're very knowledgable and most are still working in the industry.

Scholarships: We have the graduate assistantship which has been phenomenal. Like I said before, it drastically lowers the price of tuition.

All in all, I love FSU. I highly recommend it. I've met lifelong collaborators here, written my best work, and grown so much not only as a writer but also in my ability to talk about myself and my work.

I'll edit this sometime after I graduate in August to give my review as an alumni ❤️
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