Graduate Admissions

Cinema Art + Science - Directing MFA

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

52 Credit Hours

Directing, MFA

Columbia College Chicago’s Directing, MFA is a two-year program dedicated to developing directors who exhibit strong leadership qualities, personal style, and creative 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 the audience. The curriculum centers on directing but also includes writing, film production, theory, and history. The technical skills necessary can be developed during the course of study, and prior filmmaking experience is not required.

the program teaches authorship by asking the student filmmaker to create work that is authentic, diverse, and invokes the human experience

Collaboration and Resources

Directing, MFA students are offered the chance to collaborate with students from Columbia’s Creative Producing, MFA program, and are able to pull from the pool of talented undergraduate actors, cinematographers, sound engineers, editors, post production specialists, and animators to fill some of the roles of cast and crew. This highly selective graduate program provides the best of both worlds, offering the individual focus and attention of a small program, with the benefits of a larger one, as it has access to those resources afforded by the large undergraduate Cinema Art + Science community at Columbia College Chicago.  These resources include the highly impressive Media Production Center, a 35,000 square foot facility that includes two sound stages, a motion-capture studio, production shop, and animation lab.

a careful balance of narrative development, film theory, and technique in the classroom is reinforced by practical filmmaking experience

Industry Exposure

Columbia College Chicago understands that industry exposure is essential for those wishing to make a successful transition between graduate school and the life of a professional.  For this reason, interested students are connected with industry professionals in the Chicago Film Office, and encouraged to purse internships on a variety of productions.  In addition to Columbia’s own Big Screen Film Festival and thesis film screenings, graduate student and alumni films are often official selections at other major festivals such as: Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner, Tribeca International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Short Fest, and the Chicago International Film Festival.

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