​​​​Master of Science

Cinema Production



The Master of Science in Cinema Production emphasizes proficiency in the various areas of film production including cinematography, editing, sound design, and digital effects. The program is designed for students who wish to acquire technical skills to enable them to get jobs in local television, commercial production, and post-production companies. This degree is well suited to those who may be changing careers. MS students have opportunities to defray the cost of earning their degrees, through employment within the school itself or Graduate Assistantships that offer course credit and a stipend.


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.



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.


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.

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Post Production

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

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.

Faculty Perspectives

Cinema faculty

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.

Production Resources

Visiting Artists Series

Project Bluelight

Go behind the scences of CDM's production company, Project Bluelight.

Online Learning

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