Requirements-MFA-in-Creative-Producing

Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 64 graduate credit hours in the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Satisfactorily complete the MFA thesis as determined by the student's MFA Advisor Committee.
  • Students cannot count credit earned towards a previously awarded master's or MFA degree toward the completion of this MFA program.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.

Course Legend
Course Requirements

No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

First Year
Fall Quarter
DC 461
DC 489
MGT 563
Winter Quarter
DC 423
DC 485
MGT 570
Spring Quarter
DC 503
MGT 554 (2 credit hours)
MGT 504 (2 credit hours)
Second Year
Fall Quarter
DC 511
ACC 798
DC 464
Winter Quarter
DC 512
DC 481
MKT 555
Spring Quarter
DC 499
OR 1 400-level or above DC course
DC 505
OR 1 400-level or above DC course
Optional Los Angeles Quarter
Students may apply to participate in the Los Angeles Quarter Program for the spring of their second year. The LA Quarter program offers a unique opportunity for students to experience the inner workings of Hollywood first hand. This ten-week immersion program is structured around living in Los Angeles, taking classes on a historic studio lot, and interning at high profile companies that align with students' professional aspirations. Through this experience, students learn how to navigate the studio system and build a network of professional contacts that will help them leave an indomitable mark on the entertainment industry. If selected to participate in the LA program, MFA Creative Producing students would take DC 505 and DC 499 in Los Angeles.
MFA Thesis
Students will be required to complete a final thesis project that involves producing a festival quality short film or creating a professional package for a feature film or television project. Both the short film and professional package project will entail optioning and developing source material such as a book, script, or magazine article. The ultimate goal for the thesis projects is for the students to have a viable project upon graduation that they can set up at a major entertainment company like a studio or produce on their own independently.