Master of Fine Arts Creative Producing

The MFA in Creative Producing offers an unparalleled curriculum that prepares students to become innovative leaders in the evolving world of digital entertainment.

The courses offer a specialized education in leadership, marketing, deal-making, development, and line producing for film and TV, culminating in a thesis project that involves either producing a festival-quality short film or creating a professional package for a film or television project.

Currently we are not accepting applications for this program. Program changes for the Fall 2021 application cycle will be posted in the Summer of 2020.


Graduates of the MFA in Creative Producing will be well-equipped for a number of careers, including talent agents and managers, studio executives, television showrunners, and traditional film and TV producing roles.

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  • Steven Jones

    Steve has been producing feature films for thirty years, including Henry—Portrait of a Serial Killer, Mad Dog and Glory, Wild Things, and The Harvest. His films have screened at Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, and many other festivals.

  • Timothy Peternel

    Tim has been an independent film producer for 20 years on such acclaimed films as Love Liza and Buffalo 66. Most recently, he produced the feature film Dog Eat Dog, directed by Paul Schrader and starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe.

  • 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.



Instructor James Choi produced and edited the film Banana Season. The film is co-written and directed by School of Cinematic Arts adjunct Sanghoon Lee and crewed by many DePaul students. It made its world premiere at Bentonville Film Festival, the festival started by Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis.

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A Creative and Practical Education

This program provides the aspiring producer with a demanding, yet practical framework to cultivate their business and creative skills in order to become an active and successful member of the film industry. Not only will students learn the essential producing techniques necessary to make film and television media, they will also learn business skills from DePaul’s highly respected business school that can be applied to the entertainment industry.



CDM boasts 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.


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.

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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.

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Visiting Artists 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.

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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.

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Danielle Mason
MFA in Creative Producing