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MFA Cinema Directing
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MFA Cinema Directing

Immerse yourself in the art and community of filmmaking.

The MFA Program in Directing is dedicated to developing cinema storytellers by cultivating the leadership role of the director and fostering the individual director's personal style and voice.  The best directors need equal mastery of leadership, storytelling and production skills, and Columbia's two-year MFA program in Directing focuses on working with producers to create cinematic character-driven narratives that are collaborative, diverse, authentic, invokes the human experience and connects with an audience. This 52-credit, 2 year program immerses the student in rigorous coursework in writing, directing, and production as preparation for their thesis film.

Highlights of the Program
  • 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
  • Voted #1 Top City in Moviemaker Magazine's "Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2014". 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

Please direct any general questions regarding the program to our Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Film & Video between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 312-369-6730/1 or send an e-mail to gradfilm@colum.edu

If you are interested in a departmental tour, please call 312-369-6731 or 312-369-6730 to make an appointment.

If you have admission or application-related questions, please contact the Graduate Admissions & Services Office:

Phone: 312-369-7260
E-mail: gradsch@colum.edu
Website:  www.colum.edu/graduate

Graduate Admissions & Services Office
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 200
Chicago IL 60605-1996
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