Columbia College Chicago

Cinema Art + Science – Directing MFA


600 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MFA Cinema Art + Science Cinema Directing

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Columbia College Chicago offers two MFA degree programs in Cinema Art + Science designed to be completed in two years. The Creative Producing program’s curriculum focuses on story development, scriptwriting, line-production, business, marketing, and legal strategies. The Cinema Directing program’s curriculum focuses on directing character-driven narratives, and also includes writing, film production, theory, and history. Candidates of the Cinema Art + Science MFA programs will: • Collaborate with other aspiring filmmakers in Columbia’s Creative Producing and Cinema Directing programs • Have access to the Media Production Center, a 35,000 square foot facility including two sound stages, a motion-capture studio, production shop, and animation lab • Pull from the large pool of talented undergraduate actors, cinematographers, sound engineers, editors, post production specialists, and animators to act as cast and crew on film projects • Gain industry exposure through internships, film screenings, and festivals • Creative Producers will spend eight weeks on the Raleigh Studios Hollywood lot networking and gaining real-life experience


Accredited at graduate and undergrad levels by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Also accredited as teacher training institution by Illinois State Board of Education

International Student Requirements:

International students are required to submit an official TOEFL score of 100 or greater on the internet based test. For more information about requirements for international students at the graduate level, please visit our website.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 50-52

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $751.00 USD

In State Tuition (per year): $53,850 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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