Master of Fine Arts in Cinema - Producing Concentration

Master of Fine Arts 2014-2015

Master of Fine Arts in Cinema

Producing Concentration

Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 64 graduate credit hours in the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Satisfactorily complete the MFA thesis as determined by the student's MFA Advisor Committee.
  • Students cannot count credit earned towards a previously awarded master's or MFA degree toward the completion of this MFA program.

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

No course labeled as Introductory in any other program may be substituted for any other course at any level.

First Year
Fall Quarter
DC 409 Digital Cinema Proseminar (8 credit hours)
Winter Quarter
DC 461 Production Workshop
DC 489 The Big Picture: The Entertainment Industry
Spring Quarter
DC 462 Directing Workshop
DC 503 Studio Development
Second Year
Fall Quarter
DC 502 Story Structures
DC 485 Producing
Winter Quarter
DC 423 Pre-Production for Cinema
DC 424 Script to Screen Film Analysis
DC 481 Distribution and Exhibition
Spring Quarter
DC 565 Cinema Thesis I
Choose 1​ of the following courses:
DC 488 Filmmakers Seminar
DC 499 Internships in Media and Design
DC 505 Industry and Pitching Seminar
Third Year
Fall Quarter
DC 566 Cinema Thesis II
Winter Quarter
DC 567 Cinema Thesis III
Spring Quarter
DC 568 Cinema Thesis IV
MFA Thesis
The MFA Thesis shall be a major artistic digital project. Although there is no prescribed length for the thesis, the following should be used as guidelines:
  • Live action projects should be 15-35 minutes. (15-20 minute films tend to get the best festival play). Films longer than 35 minutes usually do not qualify for the SAG student film waiver. The Digital Cinema faculty encourages students to produce feature length films.
MFA Thesis Committee
During this phase, the M.F.A Thesis Committee supervises the student. The student's M.F.A. Thesis Committee shall have a chairperson and a minimum of two other members. The chairperson and one other committee member must be full-time Digital Cinema Faculty. After assembling an MFA Advisor Committee the student will advise the Chair of the Digital Cinema MFA Committee of the composition of that committee. Students will work closely with the Chair of their committee in planning and completing the MFA thesis.

MFA Thesis Screening
A major component of the MFA degree is the public screening of the MFA thesis. It is the student's responsibility to organize, schedule, promote and publicize this screening.

MFA Thesis Defense
A minimum of thirty days prior to the public screening, the student will schedule a thesis defense with his/her M.F.A. Thesis Committee. At this defense the student's M.F.A. Thesis Committee will discuss, evaluate, and critique the thesis and make a determination on the awarding of the MFA degree.