Outside Activities

Employment, clubs, and non-film school courses

In order to be able to maintain the organic schedule required for our classes and productions, students enrolling in the College must be willing to make a 24/7 commitment to the program.

This does not mean that students cannot engage in activities outside of the film school — such as holding a job, joining a club, or taking a non-film course — but it means that film school activities need to take priority.

For example, an outside activity that requires a student to be somewhere else on a set schedule (e.g., a job with fixed hours or a non-film course with regular meeting times each week) is likely to be a problem, because conflicts with the film school schedule will inevitably occur. Whereas, an outside activity with a flexible schedule (e.g., a job where you set your own hours or an asynchronous online class) is less likely to be a problem.

If you’re unsure about whether or not an outside activity would be a good idea, please contact the Associate Dean for advice.

Weddings, anniversaries, and family gatherings

It is inevitable that your friends will get married and your family will have anniversaries or other gatherings during your enrollment in the College. We understand the importance of family and your desire to attend. Whenever possible and with sufficient notice, the administration will try to adjust the schedule to accommodate the most important of these events. The earlier you can inform your instructors and the Associate Dean, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to make it work. Sometimes, however, it simply is not possible, and you will have to apologize to your loved ones and miss the event. We try very hard to work with you, but it is a condition of enrollment that you attend required events regardless of outside occurrences.

Holidays and religious holy days

Film production in general does not stop to celebrate anything except its own wrap and premiere. Likewise, the College may require work through many traditional holidays. Generally both the BFA and MFA programs honor the University breaks between semesters, but there are sometimes exceptions to these as well. You can always check with the Associate Dean before making plans to make sure you will not miss anything.

The College honors the observance of religious holy days. In accordance with Florida State University policy, students must notify their instructor and the Associate Dean as soon as possible at the start of the semester, but not later than two weeks before the religious holy day observance, to be excused from class to observe a religious holy day of their faith. If the student fails to submit the necessary notification in the time specified, the College may be unable to make any accommodations.