BS in Digital Cinema

Bachelor of Science 2011-2012

Digital Cinema

The BS in Digital Cinema at DePaul CDM is an innovative program that seeks to define and to develop the evolving relationship between cinema production technologies and creative artistic expression. The intensive technical emphasis of the Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for work in live-action special effects, 3-D animation, and game development. Students receive hands-on experience with the latest production equipment in the first year and get an insider’s view of the industry from experienced faculty. Students in this program will gain practical production experience through classes, internships and the Project Bluelight program working under a group of professionals in a full-length feature film, or working in an all-student independent short productions.
Online Learning Options
A few courses are available for review and playback via the CDM Course Online playback system (COL). If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. Some undergraduate courses are offered online. However, CDM currently does not offer any undergraduate program completely online. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 192 credit hours (generally 48 courses)
  • earn a grade of C- or higher in all Major courses (excluding Liberal Studies courses and Open Electives)
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • between 3.500 and 3.699 will be graduated cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will be graduated magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will be graduated summa cum laude
For DePaul's policy on repeat courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Undergraduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.
Course Requirements
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies program is the general education portion of the curriculum at DePaul University. Students must earn a grade of D or better in all courses taken to satisfy these requirements. The only exception is the Capstone course which is considered also a major requirement and in which students need to earn a C- or better.

Students may choose to take some CDM courses that carry Liberal Studies credit but they cannot double count them if they are part of the major requirements. A complete list of courses that carry Liberal Studies credit can be found on the Liberal Studies website along with an overview of the Liberal Studies requirements for this program. Students can search for courses that satisfy a particular Liberal Studies requirement on campusconnect.

Note Students must complete an ethics class as one of the Philosophical Inquiry or Religious Dimensions requirements. In this sample schedule the ethics requirement replaces one of the Philosophical Inquiry requirements.

Students must complete the eight credit hour Mathematical and Technological Literacy requirement which is both LSP 120 and LSP 121. LSP 121 may replace one course from any one of the six Learning Domains as long as the student takes at least one course in each domain. In this sample schedule it replaces one Religious Dimensions requirement.

The representation of these course requirements on a year-by-year basis is just a suggestion. Students are free to take these courses in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course- specific prerequisites.

First Year
DC 110 Foundations of Cinema for Majors
DC 101 Screenwriting for Majors
GD 105 Intro to Visual Design
DC 225 Digital Still Photography
DC 220 Editing I
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
1 Arts & Literature
1 Understanding the Past
Second Year
ANI 201 Animation I
ANI 230 3D Design and Modeling
VFX 200 Introduction to Visual Effects
DC 215 Introduction to Sound Design
DC 275 Cinematography
DC 210 Digital Cinema Production I
DC 222 Classic Hollywood Film Structure
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism in the United States
LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy I
LSP 121 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy II
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Self, Society and the Modern World
Third Year
VFX 278 Digital Compositing I
ANI 231 3D Animation
ANI 260 Motion Graphics
DC 375 Advanced Cinematography
DC 315 Post-Production Sound Design
DC 310 Digital Cinema Production II
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
ANI 206 History of Animation
1 Junior Year Experiential Learning
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Self, Society and the Modern World
1 Arts & Literature
Fourth Year
VFX 378 Digital Compositing II
DC 320 Editing II
DC 325 Color Correction
DC 206 History of Cinema Production
DC 398 Digital Cinema Capstone (Capstone)
3 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Understanding the Past
1 Self, Society and the Modern World
1 Scientific Inquiry
1 Philosophical Inquiry
Major Electives
No major elective is required.
Open Electives
Open Electives may be taken from any unit at DePaul. These are the only courses that may be taken under the pass/fail option (see the DePaul Undergraduate Course Catalog for details). Students must earn a grade of D or higher in all open elective courses. Courses that satisfy a CDM minor or other minors are normally credited as open electives.