Master of Fine Arts in Cinema - Directing Concentration

Master of Fine Arts 2015-2016

Cinema w/ Tabs

Directing 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 Legend
Course Requirements

3 Year Timeline

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 420
Spring Quarter
DC 462
DC 475
Second Year
Fall Quarter
DC 401
DC 476
1 Major Elective
Winter Quarter
DC 423
1 Major Elective
Spring Quarter
DC 495
DC 565
Third Year
Fall Quarter
DC 566
Winter Quarter
DC 567
Spring Quarter
DC 568
Major Elective Courses
Students must choose any 2 graduate level DC, ANI or VFX courses or MCS 502.
MFA Thesis

The MFA Thesis should be a significant work that utilizes excellent cinematic storytelling technique to demonstrate the filmmaker's unique voice and vision. This project may be a short film, feature film, pilot, or web series.

MFA Thesis Committee

During the thesis 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 CDM Advising, in order for the chairperson to become the student's new academic advisor. Students work closely with the chairs 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 zero-credit course is 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 eligible to enroll in another 701 until those goals are met.

2 Year Timeline

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 420
Spring Quarter
DC 462
DC 475
Second Year
Fall Quarter
DC 401
DC 476
1 Major Elective
Winter Quarter
DC 423
1 Major Elective
Spring Quarter
DC 495
DC 565
Third Year
Fall Quarter
DC 566
Winter Quarter
DC 567
Spring Quarter
DC 568
Major Elective Courses
Students must choose any 2 graduate level DC, ANI or VFX courses or MCS 502.
MFA Thesis

The MFA Thesis should be a significant work that utilizes excellent cinematic storytelling technique to demonstrate the filmmaker's unique voice and vision. This project may be a short film, feature film, pilot, or web series.

MFA Thesis Committee

During the thesis 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 CDM Advising, in order for the chairperson to become the student's new academic advisor. Students work closely with the chairs 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 zero-credit course is 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 eligible to enroll in another 701 until those goals are met.