MFA Cinema Directing
Immerse yourself in the art and community of filmmaking.
The MFA Program in Cinema Directing is dedicated to developing cinema storytellers by cultivating the leadership role of the director and fostering the individual director's personal style and vision. The program focuses on character-driven narratives and asks the director to create work that is diverse, authentic, invokes the human experience, and connects with their audience. Student directors model professional practices in a highly collaborative filmmaking enviroment.
This exciting 52-credit, 2 year program immerses the student in rigorous coursework in writing, directing, and production as preparation for their thesis film.
Students are engaged in filmmaking every semester through thesis
Students direct their own thesis film in collaboration with a producer
Intimate class size and focus on nurturing the individual voice of each student
A supportive, diverse, and cooperative community both outside and within the program
Projects shot on variety of formats, including HD and traditional 16mm
Substantial equipment and resources, including crew
Diversity of subject matter and stylistic approaches, with an emphasis on storytelling
An active internship office with industry contacts
Collaboration with MFA in Creative Producing and MFA Program in Music Composition for the Screen
One of the most livable and affordable big cities in the country with excellent public transportation and one of the most vibrant theater communities in the country
Graduate Admissions & Services Office
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 200
Chicago IL 60605-1996