Master of Science

Cinema Production


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All of the faculty teaching in the Cinema program are working writers, directors, and producers with credits that include: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Saturday Night Live, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Wild Things, The Promotion, Buffalo '66, Spun, King of Queens, and the American Pie franchise--among their many other produced film and television projects and screenplay/pilot sales. Our production facutly continue to screen new films in prominent festivals around the world each year.

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3 Concentrations

Sound Concentration

Students develop the skills necessary to work in sound for cinema. Coursework includes advanced classes in location sound recording, dialogue editing, sound mixing, and scoring.

Production Concentration

The first year's coursework provides students with a solid foundation in the essential skills of filmmaking including cinematography, editing, and sound. The seven electives taken during the second year allow students to customize their degree to their specific areas of interest.

Post Production Concentration

With advanced courses in editing, digital compositing, and color correction, students acquire the skills needed to work in all facets of cinema post-production.


In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter ranked DePaul's School of Cinema and Interactive Media one of the top 25 best film schools in the country.

In 2014, MovieMaker Magazine ranked Chicago as the #1 "Big City" to work in as a filmmaker.

Transition to MFA

Students who have been admitted into the MS in Cinema Production can apply for admission into the MFA in Cinema Program. Students can apply at anytime as long as they have not completed more than 24 credit hours while in the MS. If admitted into the MFA, the courses taken during the MS will be applied to the MFA. The MFA clock begins at the time of first enrollment and will not be extended due to a program change.

Admission Process

The Graduate Admission process involves completing an online application, sending in your transcripts, and any additional information, e.g. letters of recommendation, certifications, etc.

Please visit our Graduate Admissions page for more information.

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Cinespace Alliance Learn More

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The School of Cinematic Arts recently created a formal alliance with Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. The school's production facility maintains 20,000 square feet of studio space housed between network televison shows and Hollywood motion picture stages.

Watch ABC7 News: Cinespace got Hollywood's Attention

Production Resources Learn More

The Production Office is the primary resource for all production needs related to producing a film.

Visiting Artists Series learn more


The School of Cinematic Arts Visiting Artist Series brings top animators, filmmakers, game artists and designers to DePaul for workshops and lectures.

Project Bluelight


Students learn from professionals on the set of Project Bluelight.

Online Learning Learn More

Online Learning

Some courses are available for review and playback ONLINE.

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Premiere Film Festival Learn More


School of Cinematic Art's best student films screen annually at the historic Music Box Theatre.