MS - Digital Cinema - DePaul

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Master of Science 2011-2012

Cinema Production

The Master of Science in Cinema Production degree emphasizes the technical and technology-based topics and practices of digital cinema. Such topics and practices include post-production editing of video and audio, the integration of video and audio, special effects and computer-generated imaging, and modes of digital distribution. The degree concentrates on the advanced study and skills application of all aspects of digital filmmaking including cinematography, editing, visual effects, and sound design. The emphasis of the program is on the individual student's skills development as a digital filmmaker or post-production professional.

Students in this program will acquire a broad set of skills including but not limited to:

  • Post-production editing of video and audio
  • The integration of video and audio
  • Visual effects
  • Digital distribution

Learn more about admission to this program.

Online Learning Options
Some courses in this degree 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 courses are offered online. To complete this degree students may take any combination of courses offered online and on campus. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • earn a grade of B- or better in each Prerequisite Phase course
  • earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • maintain a graduate level GPA of 2.50 or higher while pursuing their degree
  • achieve a graduate GPA of 2.50 or higher at the completion of all other requirements
  • students pursuing their second master's degree must complete 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond their first master's degree.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

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 Requirements
Prerequisite Phase
The goal of the prerequisite phase is to give students the background necessary for starting the graduate program. These prerequisite phase requirements can be fulfilled in one of two ways:
  • The student takes the course and earns a grade of B- or higher
  • The faculty advisor waives the course because of equivalent academic background or work experience.

All students are blocked from enrolling in Graduate Phase courses prior to completing their prerequisites. Students must submit an online Change of Status request (through myCDM) when the Prerequisite Phase is completed to inform the Student Services offices that the block can be removed.

DC 210 Digital Cinema Production I
DC 215 Introduction to Sound Design
DC 220 Editing I
DC 275 Cinematography
VFX 200 Introduction to Visual Effects
Foundation Phase
DC 415 Post-Production Sound Design
DC 420 Editing
DC 475 Cinematography
Production Phase
DC 410 Digital Cinema Production II
DC 425 Color Correction
DC 477 Advanced Lighting and Camera Motion
DC 413 Production Sound
VFX 478 Digital Compositing II
Major Electives
Students in this program must choose any 5 DC, VFX or ANI graduate-level courses excluding DC 450, DC 460-462, DC 495.