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There are just 4 quick steps to join the hundreds of successful alumni that have completed our comprehensive hands-on programs. Motion Picture Institute makes it easy to get started in a career that can take you everywhere! 

All applicants must submit the following 4 items:

1. Application and $25 fee

Click either of the 2 buttons below to apply online.

The $25.00 application fee is waived if applicant applies on-line below.  The fee is also waived if applicant attends a personal tour or open house. 

The application fee payment options include: PAYPAL (below), check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover).  Checks and money orders can be made payable to "Motion Picture Institute" and either delivered in person our mailed to our address. Credit cards can be processed via Paypal or over the phone at (248) 528-1760.

Film Program Application   Acting Program Application    

To submit application fee by PAYPAL:

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Please submit the following items either by mail, to: 2040 Crooks Rd, Suite B, Troy, MI 48084 / Attention: Admissions or email to

2. Personal Essay

Tell us your story! Why are you passionate about filmmaking? What are your long-term career goals in film and why are you a good candidate for Motion Picture Institute? Minimum word count: 250.

3. Letter of Recommendation

We know your family thinks you're great- we want to hear from someone else. Please provide at least one letter of recommendation from a non-family member (employer, supervisor, creative colleague, teacher, counselor, clergy, etc) that tells about the unique qualities you have that will make you a successful MPI student and future filmmaker or actor. 

4. 2.0 GPA and Copy of most recent transcript (i.e. high school, college or GED). 

If you are a high school senior or have had some college, please submit an official copy of your most recent transcript. (Unofficial copies may be submitted for initial consideration, but final approval will depend upon the proper documentation.) Students with a lower GPA will be considered with a letter from counselor.  The issuing school should mail to the address shown above.

International Students

Non US Citizens need to provide information in addition to their program application.  This information is required in order to verify is an international student is eligible to attend the school on an M-1 student visa.  Applicant will be required to click on the link below and submit this additional form.   They will also be required to provide financial eligibility (proof of funds) and a copy of their passport / travel visa or greencard (which ever applies) that must be sent to the school via email or regular mail.

International Student Information