Bachelor of Arts Film and Television

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Television provides students with a generalist approach to film and television production, teaching them to use the latest technology while studying classic cinema theory and aesthetics. The degree offers a more liberal arts-oriented education, with a broader exposure to all of the areas of film and television production, whereas the BFA in Film and Television offers specialization in one of ten areas.

DePaul was recently named a top film school by both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety for giving students real-world opportunities to work on Chicago’s film and television sets. Film and Television students take classes and work on their projects at DePaul’s 32,000 square foot professional production facility at Cinespace, next door to the production of high-profile series like Chicago PD, The Chi, and Empire. This one-of-a-kind student filmmaking experience allows students to use same facilities and equipment as professional filmmakers.

Michael Pennick

Michael Pennick (BA '12)

Since graduating from DePaul, Michael has gone on to join IATSE Local 476, working as a Dolly Grip on shows such as Amazon Prime's Patriot and Electric Dreams, APB, Empire, and NBC's Chicago Fire, PD, and Med. He attributes Chicago’s thriving film industry to allowing him to pursue his to major passions outside of work, traveling and photography.

“DePaul gave me the necessary on set experience and practical knowledge to make a smooth transition into the professional field, along with a network of extremely helpful and generous people.”

Production Reel

DePaul CDM Production Reel 
  • Jose Soto

    Jose is an international screenwriter and a producer whose work has been mainly featured in Mexico and Latin America. His latest series is Ay Güey was produced by media giant Televisa.

  • Rob Steel

    Rob Steel is a composer and sound designer for cinema, theater and other media. He is a recipient of awards from ASCAP and the Illinois Arts Council.

  • Shayna Connelly

    Shayna is a writer/director/producer whose work explores the concept of hauntings. Her films have screened internationally at festivals and galleries.

  • James Choi

    James’s films have screened widely on the festival circuit. His first feature, Made in China, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative at SXSW and was distributed by IFC Films. His second feature, Empty Space, was recently released nationally on Xfinity On Demand.

 

Cinespace

We have a one-of-a-kind, 32,000 square foot professional production facility and cinematic learning environment formed in alliance with Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Students learn filmmaking craft and technique steps away from high-profile network productions filming on the Cinespace lot.

 

Visiting Artist Series

This series brings innovative practitioners and industry leaders to the DePaul campus for film screenings, on-stage conversations, and professional panels. Students are given the opportunity to have direct and meaningful contact with established and emerging innovators and professionals in the field.

DePaul student looking at the famous Hollywood sign 

LA Quarter

This ten-week immersion program allows students to experience the inner workings of Hollywood first hand as they live in Los Angeles, take classes on a historic studio lot, and intern at high profile companies aligning with their professional aspirations.

 

Premiere Film Festival

Our annual Premiere Film Festival showcases the best of student work in cinema and animation with awards covering all facets of filmmaking, from screenwriting to post production. Jury members include industry insiders, festival programmers, and filmmakers from around the country.

students renting camera gear  

Production Resources

Equipment Centers—housed at both the Loop Campus and CDM’s facilities at Cinespace Chicago—and the Production Office are the gateways to film and television production needs like cameras, casting, or permits.

 

Project Bluelight

Project Bluelight is a professional, educational, and community outreach program where students receive hands-on experience in motion picture production. The goals of the program are to create high-quality independent films and to provide an intensive, practical, film production experience for DePaul students.