Attendance and Punctuality

Filmmaking is a profession where punctuality is of the utmost importance. Showing up to work five minutes late could cost a production thousands of dollars — and will often cost a tardy employee their job. We therefore take it very seriously at the film school, to better prepare you for the real world and to foster the professional work ethic that’s a signature of FSUFILM graduates.

Attendance policy

Attendance is mandatory. Roll will be taken at the start of each class and, during principal photography on film productions, students will be required to clock in and out at the start and end of the work day.

Each late appearance results in the loss of third a letter grade from the student’s final grade for the course (A becomes A-, B+ becomes B, etc.). Failing to attend class, or arriving more than 30 minutes late, is counted as an absence. Unexcused absences result in the loss of a full letter grade from the student’s final grade (A becomes B, B becomes C, etc.). 

Excused absences

Missing class is acceptable only if permission to miss class is approved by the instructor prior to the absence or if the excused absence is covered by the University Attendance Policy, which includes documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, calls to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid excuse. Special consideration will also be given to students who have dependent children or serve as caregivers.

Students are responsible for making up all work that is missed due to absence, and for contacting the professor to determine appropriate make-up assignments or activities. Failure to do this will result in the absence being considered as unexcused.