Columbia College Chicago

Cinema Art + Science

Columbia College Chicago offers master's degree and graduate certificate programs in the arts, media, education, the business of the arts, and the application of the arts to healing. Students pursue advanced study in small, selective programs that are grounded in history and theory and shaped by the trends of contemporary practice. Under the guidance of award-winning faculty, students prepare to advance their careers, shape the future of their disciplines, and affect meaningful change in their communities.

Graduate Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.


Cinema Directing, MFA

To realize their unique visions onscreen, the best directors need equal mastery of leadership, storytelling and production skills. Candidates in Columbia’s two-year Master of Fine Art in Cinema Directing program learn to craft character-driven narratives, work with producers, and create diverse and authentic films grounded in the human experience. You’ll take on intensive study in writing, directing and production to prepare for making your short thesis film.

Creative Producing, MFA

Creative producers drive the cinema, television and interactive industries. Columbia’s intensive two-year Master of Fine Art in Creative Producing program will train you to find great material, navigate the marketplace, hire talent, juggle financial and legal issues, and deliver high-quality entertainment to enthusiastic audiences. For your thesis, you’ll produce a short film and package a long-form narrative project developed during your final year of study.

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We’re happy you’re thinking of joining our creative community. We work hard to make our application process as simple and fast as possible, but should you run into any concerns, we're here to help at any time.

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