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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 Motion Picture Institute, please call us. We're happy to provide all the answers you need to make an informed decision!


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Q: When do classes start?

A:  September 16th, 2019 fall session for The Motion Picture Production Program.
A:  September 23rd, 2019 for The Motion Picture Actors Program.

Q: How long are the programs?

A:  The Motion Picture Production Program (film) is one year.
A:  The Motion Picture Actors' Program (acting) is thirty-two weeks.

Q: How much is tuition?

A:  The Motion Picture Production Program is $14,000.00; 

A2:  The Motion Picture Actors' Program is $5,350.00.

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: Applicants must pay a $1,000 commitment deposit for the film program upon signing the student Enrollment Agreement.   The acting program requires a $350.00 commitment deposit.  The balance of the tuition is due by August 1st, 2019.  Applicants who enter payment plans must pay their tuition down payment on August 1st, 2019.

Learn more about Film School Tuition.

Q: How long has Motion Picture Institute 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.  You are measured by your skill level or body of work (if a creative) and your work ethic.  

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 Motion Picture Institute 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 two sessions times to attend for the entire year.  

Mornings (9 am - 1 pm)
Evenings (6:30 pm - 10:30 pm). 

Classes are held four to four days per week, Mondays thru Thursday 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 24 months for domestic 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.  Motion Picture Institute has all the equipment students need to shoot their film projects. Students shoot their thesis films using Red Digital Cinema Cameras.  The school has numerous 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, Adobe After Effects, Davinci, 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.