Graduate Admissions

Cinema Art + Science - Creative Producing MFA

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Be Enrolled Part-Time?
No. This is an intensive two-year program, which requires full time study.
When Do Classes Meet?
Classes will generaly meet four times a week during the day. There are no weekend classes but students are expected to be working on the weekend on pre production, production, and post production.
How Is the Program Structured?
There is a pre semester session that begins in August followed by an immersive year of study. The third semester takes place in Los Angeles and students will come back to Chicago in the fourth semester to produce an advanced film project.  
What Kind of Background Does a Successful Applicant Typically Have?
We are seeking dedicated, enterprising leaders with the drive to deliver successful media projects from conception to distribution. The candidate could be a recent graduate or a working professional; we look for commitment, innovation, tenacity, high-level management skills, analytical skills, and artistic vision. A background in filmmaking is not necessary.
Are There Any Program-Specific Scholarships Available?
The Cinema Art + Science Department offers select MFA students the Lumiere Award (a stipend for first year students) and the Rosebud Award (partial tuition waivers for continuing students). These awards do not require a special application and are appointed by graduate faculty members. The Cinema Art + Science Department also offers a project-funding reimbursement award called the Production Fund. This resource is dedicated to assisting advanced projects that are being produced by undergraduate and graduate students. The maximum award per project is $3,000.

For a complete listing of College-wide scholarships, click here.

What Facilities Are Available to Your Students?
Cinema Art + Science students have access to our state-of-the-art professional production studios, the Media Production Center (MPC). Designed for form, function and sustainability, this 35,500-square-foot South Loop facility includes:
  • Two professional soundstages (7,300 square feet and 2,200 square feet) which allow Cinema Art + Science students to experience the culture of high-end studio film production both by observation from soundstage bleachers and eventually by hands-on participation
  • A 2,000-square-foot Motion Capture Studio for the creation of 2D and 3D film and gaming allows students to better understand and visualize human movement using sophisticated 12-camera motion capture technology at professional industry standards. The Motion Capture Studio was designed to integrate state-of-the-art learning technologies with the study of 3D computer animation, digital filmmaking and game arts.
  • An animation lab and a high-tech set of classrooms, provides students with industry-leading technology for development of computer-aided design and animation
  • Four “wired” classrooms with fiber optic technology to link the soundstages and Motion Capture Studio to classes, including the camera-eye-view, so that students can learn from the processes being conducted elsewhere in the facility in real time
  • A fully equipped, 2,000-square-foot Production Shop with loading dock for the design, construction and delivery of set pieces

Additionally: Our Post Production facilities include Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Studio suites, several Mac labs, Avid Xpress Pro suites, Symphony Nitris, 35mm KEM, and an advanced graphics lab. Other software includes:  Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects.  We also have a Machine Room for several formats for digitizing and duplication, a telecine, and Assistant Editor facilities.

Our Post Production Sound Facilities include a fully equipped Foley and ADR stage, 3 Surround Re recording stages (5.1 compatible), a 15 workstation Pro Tools lab, 4 Edit / Mix suites (5.1 compatible), an Adv. transfer suite with multiple Time coded machine mediums, an integrated Machine room that interconnects between the entire facility and the 6th floor Picture Post Machine room, a large SFX library server providing SFX and Music to nearly 26 workstations.

We have a Documentary Center, a Screenwriting Center, and a 260-seat theater for special events and screenings.

We have many film and digital video camera packages and a full range of lighting and grip equipment that includes tungsten, Kino, and HMI lights.

Who Are Some Noteworthy Alumni?
The Cinema Art + Science - Creative Producing program enrolled its first class in the Fall of 2011.

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