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Bachelor of Fine Arts 2016-2017

Film and Television


Documentary Concentration


Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 192 credit hours
  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in WRD 103, WRD 104, and all Major and Minor courses
  • Earn a grade of D or higher in all other Liberal Studies and Open Elective courses
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • Between 3.500 and 3.699 will graduate Cum Laude
  • Between 3.700 and 3.849 will graduate Magna Cum Laude
  • of at least 3.850 will graduate 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 WRD 103 and WRD 104 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.

Although students are free to take course requirements in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites, it is strongly recommended that students follow these year-by-year suggestions, especially regarding the first-year major courses.


First Year
DC 101 Screenwriting for Majors
DC 110 Foundations of Cinema for Majors
DC 220 Editing I
DC 210 Digital Cinema Production I
DC 215 Introduction to Sound Design
DC 206 History of Cinema Production
TV 110 Foundations of Television
MCS 231 Introduction to Documentary Studies
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy I
Second Year
ANI 101 Animation for Non-Majors
OR ANI 201 Animation I
DC 204 History of Documentary
DC 226 Film Philosophy for Majors
DC 369 Documentary Storytelling
DC 313 Production Sound
DC 275 Cinematography I
DC 270 Topics in Digital Cinema
OR DC 370 Advanced Topics in Cinema
OR MCS 373 Audio Documentary
OR MCS 331 Topics in Documentary Studies
OR SOC 384 Ethnographic Documentary Film Production
OR ART 328 Documentary Photography
DC 371 Documentary Production 2
DC 376 Visual Design
OR DC 362 Titles for Cinema and Animation
TV 271 Introduction to Television Production
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 200 Seminar on Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Arts & Literature
Third Year
DC 315 Post-Production Sound Design
DC 322 Editing Styles and Techniques
OR DC 340 Editing III
DC 310 Digital Cinema Production II
DC 386 Documentary Producing
OR TV 385 Producing Television
DC 366 The Personal Documentary
DC 390 Directing
DC 374 Advanced Topics in Documentary
2 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Experiential Learning
1 Arts & Literature
1 Scientific Inquiry or Science as a Way of Knowing
Fourth Year
DC 393 Film Festivals
OR DC 381 Distribution and Exhibition
DC 373 Documentary Production 3
DC 367 Documentary Law and Ethics (2 credit hours)
DC 391 Post-Production Seminar
DC 397 Capstone Development
DC 398 Digital Cinema Capstone
DC 382 Post-Production Workshop (2 credit hours)
2 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Understanding the Past
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry
Major Electives

No major elective courses are 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.