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The MFA in Creative Producing is a joint degree between the School of Cinematic Arts in the College of Computing and Digital Media and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in the Driehaus College of Business. This unique partnership offers an unparalleled curriculum that prepares students to become innovative leaders in the evolving world of digital entertainment.
The courses offer a specialized education in leadership, marketing, deal-making, development, and line producing for film and TV, culminating in a thesis project that involves either producing a festival quality short film or creating a professional package for a film or television project. Graduates will be well equipped for a number of careers, including talent agents and managers, studio executives, television showrunners, and traditional film and TV producing roles.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||64|
Students will be able to:
- Develop creative producing skills in the areas of script development, pre-production, distribution, and prepare schedules and budgets.
- Perform the key steps involved in putting a film together in the areas of rights acquisitions, finance, creative packages, prep, production, and distribution.
- Develop business skills in the areas of negotiations, entrepreneurship, accounting, entertainment law, and marketing.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the key business skills needed to succeed in the entertainment business as a decision maker.
- Physically produce content in the form of film shorts and creating a professional film or television package.
No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.
|ACC 798||SPECIAL TOPICS||4|
|CP 410||THE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY (FORMERLY DC 489)||4|
|CP 420||PRODUCING: PRE-PRODUCTION (FORMERLY DC 423)||4|
|CP 440||PRODUCING THE FEATURE FILM (FORMERLY DC 485)||4|
|CP 480||ENTERTAINMENT LAW FOR PRODUCERS (FORMERLY DC 464)||4|
|CP 482||DISTRIBUTION AND EXHIBITION (FORMERLY DC 481)||4|
|CP 511||CREATIVE PRODUCING THESIS I (FORMERLY DC 511)||4|
|CP 512||CREATIVE PRODUCING THESIS II (FORMERLY DC 512)||4|
|FILM 401||FUNDAMENTALS OF CINEMA PRODUCTION (FORMERLY DC 414)||4|
|FILM 499||INTERNSHIPS IN MEDIA AND DESIGN||1-4|
|MGT 554||MANAGING HUMAN CAPITAL||2|
|MGT 504||FUNDAMENTAL OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT||2|
|MGT 563||NEGOTIATION SKILLS||4|
|MGT 570||ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND NEW VENTURE MANAGEMENT||4|
|MKT 555||DECISIONS IN MARKETING MANAGEMENT||4|
|SCWR 442||STUDIO DEVELOPMENT (FORMERLY DC 503)||4|
|SCWR 441||INDUSTRY AND PITCHING SEMINAR (FORMERLY DC 505)||4|
Optional Los Angeles Quarter (see below).
Optional Los Angeles Quarter
Students may apply to participate in the Los Angeles Quarter Program for the spring of their second year. The LA Quarter program offers a unique opportunity for students to experience the inner workings of Hollywood first hand. This ten-week immersion program is structured around living in Los Angeles, taking classes on a historic studio lot, and interning at high profile companies that align with students' professional aspirations. Through this experience, students learn how to navigate the studio system and build a network of professional contacts that will help them leave an indomitable mark on the entertainment industry. If selected to participate in the LA program, MFA Creative Producing students would take SCWR 441 INDUSTRY AND PITCHING SEMINAR (FORMERLY DC 505) and FILM 499 INTERNSHIPS IN MEDIA AND DESIGN in Los Angeles.
Students will be required to complete a final thesis project that involves producing a festival quality short film or creating a professional package for a feature film or television project. Both the short film and professional package project will entail optioning and developing source material such as a book, script, or magazine article. The ultimate goal for the thesis projects is for the students to have a viable project upon graduation that they can set up at a major entertainment company like a studio or produce on their own independently.
Students in the MFA Creative Producing degree must meet the following requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 64 graduate credit hours in the designated degree program.
- Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
- Earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses of the designated degree program.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Satisfactorily complete the MFA thesis as determined by the student's MFA Advisor Committee.
- Students cannot count credit earned towards a previously awarded master's or MFA degree toward the completion of this MFA program.
For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies, see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.