Master of Science Film and Television

The Master of Science in Film and Television emphasizes technical and creative proficiency in the areas of cinematography, editing, and sound for the screen. This intensive program is designed for students looking to acquire and further professional career skills in film and television. The degree is well-suited for career-changers as well as experienced professionals who want to add new technologies and creative workflows to their expertise.

Daniel Willis

Daniel Willis (MS ‘12)

Daniel Willis is a director, writer and photographer who draws on his experience growing up on Chicago’s south side. Daniel began his production career as a writer’s assistant on the ABC drama, Grey’s Anatomy. He was a 2017-2018 Sony Diverse Directors Fellow and 2018 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow. Willis' short films and television projects have screened at festivals around the world including The Chicago International Television Festival, SeriesFest (Best Writing - Public Housing Unit), The New York Television Festival, ITVFest (Best of Fest - Public Housing Unit) and the Cannes Short Film Corner. Willis is currently directing network television (Grey's Anatomy, The Blacklist) and writing for the shows Boomerang and Twenties. He is also developing on his first feature film.

"DePaul was so instrumental to my growth as a writer and director because they provided the space and resources for students to not only study, but practice the craft of filmmaking. Being a part of the inaugural LA Quarter also had a huge impact because that was my introduction to the business of Hollywood and it provided a seamless transition from education to vocation.

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  • Pete Biagi

    Pete is CDM’s Cinematographer in Residence. He has shot over twenty feature films, as well as several long form documentaries and narrative shorts. Pete’s films have screened at Sundance, and his credits include A Prairie Home Companion, Stolen Summer, and The Company.

  • Brian Zahm

    Brian works in documentary, narrative fiction and experimental, often combining these styles to create highly-original work that has screened nationally and internationally, including at the London International Documentary Festival and at the The American Film Institute.

  • Susanne Suffredin

    Susanne is an editor and filmmaker whose 30-year career spans nonfiction, narrative, and commercial genres with a keen emphasis on long-form documentaries. Her work has screened at major festivals including Sundance and Cannes and includes titles like Hoop Dreams and Count Me In.

  • Brian Andrews

    Brian Andrews is a storyteller and visual technologist. His creative research explores the interplay of nature, culture, and technology within developing visual mediums. Brian’s works have been featured in the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes XR - Festival de Cannes, the Queens Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, and the California Academy of Sciences.

 

DePaul Cinespace Studios

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.

 

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.

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DePaul Cinema Collaborative

The DCC is a student organization that fosters new collaborations, arming students with focused information, industry opportunities, closer proximity to guest lecturers, and a better sense of what it takes to succeed in the industry.

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.

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.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment QuarterDomestic Student DeadlineInternational Student Deadline
FallAugust 1June 15

Admission Process

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 your program specific requirements, visit our Graduate Admission page.

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