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Film and Television Directing

DePaul University

36 months
882 USD/credit 28224 USD/year
882 USD/credit 28224 USD/year
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The Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Directing at DePaul University is a highly selective program designed to cultivate a filmmaker’s voice through a rigorous filmmaking curriculum.


Students will be educated in every discipline involved in the filmmaking process, as well as the business facets of the film industry, enabling them to be best prepared for a career in the industry following graduation. Graduates of the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Directing from DePaul University will emerge with a rich portfolio, including numerous original short films and a complete significant thesis film.

DePaul was recently named a top film school by both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety for giving students real-world opportunities to work on Chicago’s film and television sets. 

The program

  • Students have access to unparalleled resources including a dedicated 32,000 square foot production space at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the second largest production studio in North America and home to over thirty major Hollywood productions including Empire, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and more. 
  • Students also have access to state-of-the-art camera gear, including Alexa, Amira and Red Cameras, as well as a fully stocked Grip Truck and other production vehicles.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Production Workshop
  • Foundations of Screenwriting
  • Fundamentals of Short Film
  • Visual Design
  • Producing: Pre-Production
  • Directing the Production

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


96 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete an online application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended that show the successful completion of a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Submit a statement of creative purpose that includes your artistic goals and your reasons for applying to the MFA.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation 
  • Submit a resume indicating your professional experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28224 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 882 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    28224 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 882 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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