Frequently Asked Questions 

When choosing the best film school to kick start your career, it's important to ask a lot of questions.

If you don't find the answers you need to choose MPI, please call us. We're happy to provide all the answers you need to make an informed decision!

 

Q: When do classes start?

A:  September 18th, 2017 fall session for The Motion Picture Production Program.
A:  September 5th, 2017 for The Motion Picture Actors Program.


Q: How long are the programs?

A:  The film program is one year.
A:  The acting program is thirty-two weeks.


Q: How much is tuition?

A:  The film program is $13,995.00 (21 required courses plus two concentration); international student tuition is $15,500.00.  Students are required to take two concentrations.  The number of concentration courses depends on the particular concentration.

A:  The acting program is $5,500.00.


Q: How qualified are the instructors?

A:  All of our instructors are industry professionals with many years of experience and who continuously work in the film industry.  Combined, their experience adds up to more years than the history of film ... more than 200 years of experience.


Q: When is tuition due?

A: Upon enrollment. 
 
This is unless financing has been arranged and approved.  For applicants accepted after the deadline, full tuition is due upon signing the enrollment agreement unless financing has been arranged and approved.  Learn more about Film School Tuition.


Q: How long has MPI been a film school?

A: Motion Picture Institute was founded in 1995.  The Motion Picture Production Program (film program) was licensed in February of 1998 and has been teaching students the art of filmmaking ever since. The Motion Picture Acting Program was licensed in 2014.


Q: Do I need a college degree to find a job in the film industry?

A:  The film industry requires training it does not require a college degree.


Q: How many students do you accept?

A: For The Motion Picture Production Program we accept up to 72 students for the year.  Class sizes are typically 24 students.
A: For The Motion Picture Acting Program we accept up to 18 students.  Class sizes are 12 to 18 students.


Q: Does MPI own the films I make in the program?

A: No. Students own all their films.  Motion Picture Institute reserves the right to use copies of the films for educational and promotional purposes related to the school.    


Q: What is the class schedule like?

A: Students select one of three sessions to attend for the entire year.  

Mornings (9 am - 1 pm)
Afternoons (2 pm - 6 pm) * (opens upon closing of other sessions)
Evenings (6:30 pm - 10:30 pm). 

Classes are held four to five days per week, Mondays thru Friday depending on the semester. 


Q: What funding options do you have?

A: For the Motion Picture Production Program we offer in-house payment plans up to 30 months for domestic students, up to 4 months for international students. Students must fill out a payment plan application to apply for approval.  We also accept every major credit card.  We DO NOT take Pell grants, Stafford loans, FSFA or Title IV funding.  Other sources of funding include crowd funding sites where students can set up a funding raising campaign and look for donors to fund their tuition.  See the financing page for a list of sites.
 


Q: Other programs require that I buy my own equipment, do I have to buy equipment for this program?

A: No.  MPI has all the equipment students need to shoot their film projects.  Students shoot their thesis films using Red Digital Cinema Cameras that include Ravens, Scarlets and the original Red One.  This includes film and digital cameras, lens packages, follow focuses, matte boxes & filters, AC kits, camera support like sliders, jibs and tripods, light kits, grip and electric gear, and sound.  The school also has a dedicated computer lab running Adobe Premiere, AVID, Sony Vegas, Adobe After Effects, Davinci, Lightworks and Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting software.

Students are free to use school equipment or if they prefer to use their own personal equipment for certain assignments they may do so.


Q: Do graduates have access to school equipment?

A: YES!  Graduates who have earned their certificate in The Motion Picture Production Program and are in good standing with the school can access equipment for graduate projects.  Projects must be directed by Motion Picture Institute grads or must be for a cinematographer's reel.  There is a simple $25.00 fee per project.  Some equipment requires daily rental rates.   For more information contact Motion Picture Institute offices.