Master of Science
Film School for the Digital Age
Watch, listen and learn from from film, TV, animation and gaming in an intimate theatre or master class.
Top 20 film schools in the country, as ranked by The Hollywood Reporter in 2014. Learn in Chicago, named the #1 "Big City" to work in as a filmmaker by Moviemaker Magazine, also in 2014.
CDM’s ten-week immersion program enables you to live in Los Angeles, take classes on a historic studio lot, and intern at high profile companies that align with your professional goals.
Learn from industry professionals on the set of Project Bluelight.
SCA´s best student films screen annually at the historic Music Box Theatre.
Credits include: "A Prairie Home Companion", "Stolen Summer", "Design"
Screened at: San Diego Latino, Court Métrage, Festival de Cannes
Screened at: AFI
Meet Our Faculty
Future directors, producers, cinematographers, or production designers are provided a solid foundation in the essential skills of producing, directing, editing and cinematography in the first year. During the second year, electives allow students to customize their degree to their specific area of interest.
Future editors, colorists, or post-production supervisors are provided a solid foundation in the essential skills of producing, directing, editing and cinematography in the first year. During the second year, students learn advanced post-production sound, picture editing and color correction, with additional electives allowing them to focus their degree in their specific area of interest.
Future sound designers are provided a solid foundation in the essential skills of production, post-production, editing and sound in the first year. During the second year, students learn advanced production- and post-production-sound for film, TV and the Web, while specializing in skills like recording, scoring, mixing or editing sound.
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.
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.
The Production Office is the primary resource for all production needs related to producing a film.
Some courses are available for review and playback ONLINE.