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 DePaul Cinespace Studios, our nearly 60,000 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


Emerging Technology

Become a leader in virtual production, the innovative technology revolutionizing the film industry. You’ll get hands-on experience at DePaul’s virtual production stage—the first of its kind in the Midwest—combining on-set performances and virtual computer graphics live on camera in real-time.

Virtual Production


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DePaul’s Indie Studio finances a micro-budget project—giving students hands-on experience with every phase of the film creation process, from development and production to post-production and distribution. Waiting for the Light to Change, which was produced as part of Indie Studio, received the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival and was recently released on all major digital platforms.

Indie Filmmaking at DePaul
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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