Frequently Asked Questions 

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Q: When do classes start?

A:  Spring session starts April 5, 2021 and the fall session starts September 27, 2021 The Motion Picture Production Program.

Q: How long are the programs?

A:  The Motion Picture Production Program is one year.

Q: How much is tuition?

A:  The Motion Picture Production Program is $16,350.00 with a $150.00 registration in fee.

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 balance of the tuition is due by the first day of class.  Applicants who enter payment plans must pay their tuition down payment also by the first day of class.

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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. 

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 60 students for the year.  Class sizes are typically 20 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 for the fall start.  

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.  The program is comprised of on-line and on-campus classes which varies each term.  Students can expect at least two on campus class days per term and on average two on-line class days per week each term.

Q: What funding options do you have?

A: The Motion Picture Production Program is part of the Federal Student Aid program.  For students not eligible for Title IV funding, MPI offers private student loans via T & I Credit Union and also in-house payment plans.  Students must fill out a FAFSA to apply for federal student aid.  If applying for private student loan students will be required to go through a credit check.  See financing page for more details.

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

A: No.  Motion Picture Institute requires students have a laptop or desktop computer with the specifications to edit with Davinci and attend on-line courses.  Motion Picture Institute provides all the film equipment students will 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 computers in the LRC that run DaVinci Resolve, Fusion, Fairlight and EP Scheduling and Final Draft software which can be used if the student runs into a temporary problem with their own system.

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.