Master of Fine Arts

Creative Producing

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The MFA in Creative Producing is a joint degree bewteen the School of Cinematic Arts in the College of Computing and Digital Media and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in the Driehaus College of Business. This unique partnership 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. Graduates 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 30 years and his films have been screened at Cannes, Sundance and SXSW among many others. Films include: Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer, Mad Dog and Glory, Wild Things, The Harvest.

  • Timothy Peternel

    Timothy has been an independent film producer for over 20 years on such critically acclaimed films as "Spun," "Buffalo ‘66," and "Love Liza." Most recently he Executive Produced the feature film titled "Dog Eat Dog" directed by Paul Schrader and stars Nicholas Cage and Willem Dafoe.

  • James Choi

    James is a prolific, award winning filmmaker with numerous films that have screen widely on the U.S. Festival circuit. His 1st feature film, “Made In China,” won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative at SXSW and distributed by IFC Films. “Empty Space” marks his 2nd feature film as director and is currenlty playing at festivals worldwided. He is currently working on his 1st feature documentary, "Engage Eearth."

Admission Process

No prior film or television production experience is necessary for admission to the MFA in Creative Producing. 

The graduate application process involves completing an online application, sending in your transcripts and submitting any supplemental material (e.g., letters of recommendation, certifications, etc.). To learn more about the process, visit our Graduate Admission page for more information.

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