Master of Fine Arts in Cinema - Producing Concentration

Master of Fine Arts 2015-2016


Producing Concentration

Course Legend

Curriculum 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 (8 credit hours)
Winter Quarter
DC 461
DC 489
Spring Quarter
DC 462
DC 503
Second Year
Fall Quarter
DC 502
DC 485
Winter Quarter
DC 423
DC 424
DC 481
Spring Quarter
DC 565
Choose 1​ of the following courses:
DC 488
DC 499
DC 505
MCS 502
Third Year
Fall Quarter
DC 566
Winter Quarter
DC 567
Spring Quarter
DC 568
MFA Thesis

The MFA Producing Thesis consists of a representative body of work that demonstrates both practical and creative producing ability. Students should present a portfolio of at least two significant produced works that may include short films, feature films, pilots, or web series. One of these two works must be a project produced as a MFA Directing student's thesis. Students must also develop a screenplay, teleplay, or documentary outline and present a preliminary budget, potential cast and director list, and fundraising plan for that project.

MFA Thesis Committee

During this phase, the MFA Thesis Committee supervises the student. The student's MFA Thesis Committee shall have a chairperson and a minimum of two other members. The Chairperson and at least one of the other committee members must be a full-time Cinematic Arts faculty member. Once selected, the student must notify the advising office, as the chairperson becomes the student's new academic advisor. Students work closely with the chair of their committees in planning and completing the MFA thesis. The MFA Thesis Committee must approve a student's script and preproduction documents before the project will be allowed to enter production.

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 event.

MFA Thesis Defense

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

MFA Thesis Timeline

Students will have a maximum of five years from first enrollment in the program to complete, defend, and screen their MFA Thesis. Time spent in the M.S. program will count toward this limit. Students may petition their MFA Thesis Committees for a one-time extension.

DC 701 Thesis Continuation

This is a zero-credit course for students actively working to finish their thesis projects. A student's MFA Thesis Committee Chair may enroll a student in 701 a maximum of eight times. Enrolling in 701 requires students to declare goals for the quarter with regard to finishing their thesis. Students who do not meet these goals may not be eligibl​e to enroll in anoth​er 701 until those goals are met.

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.