School of Cinematic Arts

Home to our cinema and animation programs, the place to learn your craft, to develop your creative voice, and to start your filmmaking career 

Ranked a Top Film School by The Hollywood Reporter and Variety 

Our Programs


  • BA Film and Television
  • BFA Film and TelevisionConcentrations: Cinematography | Comedy Filmmaking | Creative Producing | Directing | Documentary | Editing | Production Design | Screenwriting | Showrunner | Sound Design | Visual Effects




State of the Art Facilities

Use four professional soundstages, green screen cycloramas, a scenic shop, Arri and RED cameras, stop motion and motion capture stages, high-end editing suites and mixing studios at both our Loop Campus and DePaul Cinespace Studios, a 32,000 square foot production facility.

Production Resources


Accomplished Faculty

Learn from award-winning filmmakers with extensive industry experience who bring their expertise to the classroom.



Experience Hollywood

Experience the inner workings of Hollywood firsthand through a ten-week immersion program structured around living in Los Angeles, taking classes on a historic studio lot, and interning at high profile companies that align with your professional aspirations.

LA Quarter


Alumni Success

Our graduates help shape the future of visual storytelling.

SCA Alumni


DePaul/CHA Youth Partnership

Since 2016, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) has partnered with the School of Cinematic Arts to offer youth in public housing valuable skills in documentary filmmaking and screenwriting through two 6-week summer programs.

DePaul/CHA Programs


The Second City logo and headshots of famous comedian alumns  

In collaboration with The Second City, DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts is now offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Comedy Filmmaking.

Comedy Filmmaking
moderator with two guests on stage 

Gain valuable insight into the industry from established professionals in the field.

Visiting Artists Series
students filming on set  

Future filmmakers are flocking to Chicago, and DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts continues to rise in the rankings. The Hollywood Reporter has named DePaul one of the best film schools in the country, rising to 14th place, up one spot from last year.

THR Ranks DePaul among Best Film Schools

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