Chicago Schools with Video Production Programs
Students interested in pursuing video production career training near Chicago, IL, have several schools to consider. This article looks at three, two that are downtown and the other about 30 minutes away, and the relevant programs they offer. Also included is a table that allows aspiring film production students to examine aspects of these schools such as tuition, enrollment and the percentage of students who graduate on time. At the end of the article is the name of one other Chicago school with a related program.
- Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, DePaul University offers two bachelor's degree programs in digital cinema with several concentrations and a master's degree program in cinema production.
- Another downtown school, Columbia College, has a bachelor's degree program in film and video and another in television. It also offers a master's degree in cinema directing.
- Students at the College of DuPage, approximately 23 miles from downtown Chicago, can pursue a certificate in motion picture/television and two associate's degrees, one in television production and another in film/video production.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are choosing a school should be aware of many factors. The following table presents information they should know about each of these institutions.
|DePaul University||Columbia College||College of DuPage|
|School Type||4-year; private non-profit||4-year; private non-profit||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||22,769*||7,312*||26,165*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$39,010*||$26,474*||$4,050 in-district; $9,660 in-state; $11,760 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||96%*||88%*||72%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||72%*||92%||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||84% for full-time; 33% for part-time students*||66% for full-time; 18% for part-time students*||74% for full-time; 51% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||71% (19% transfer-out rate) (began 2011)*||44% (38% transfer-out rate) (began 2011)*||23% (30% transfer-out rate) (began 2014)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
DePaul University's College of Computing and Digital Media offers two bachelor's degrees in film and television and a master's degree in film and television. The school also offers programs in animation, interactive media, graphic design and computer game development.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television
There are two main undergraduate programs in film and television. Students in the BA program will need to complete a minimum of 192 credits. Topics include sound design, screenwriting, cinematography, television production and the production of documentaries. The BFA program provides students with 11 different concentrations in areas like cinematography, creative producing, production design, visual effects and sound design. To earn the BFA degree, students must complete 192 credits regardless of their concentration.
Master of Science in Film and Television
The film and television master's degree program focuses on the technical aspects of production, and students learn about editing, production and screenwriting. Students are required to complete at least 52 credits, and courses cover topics in sound design, production sound, digital compositing, lighting and cinema and cinematography. Students can choose from concentrations in cinematography, post-production, and sound.
Columbia College offers over 60 programs in liberal arts and sciences, fine and performing arts and media arts. The School of Media Arts features education and training opportunities in film and video, television, radio, interactive arts and media, marketing communication and journalism.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema Art + Science
Bachelor's degree students must complete this program with a concentration in visual effects, production design, sound, directing, editing and post-production, cinematography, producing or screenwriting. In addition to general education requirements, students must take 70-81 credit hours in the film and video department. Foundational courses teach students about moving image production, project development and moving image arts.
Bachelor of Arts in Television
This program offers concentrations in production and directing, writing and producing, Internet and mobile media and post-production and effects. No matter what the concentration, students are required to complete courses in production, directing, editing, writing and storytelling.
Master of Fine Arts in Cinema Directing
The Master of Fine Arts program in cinema directing begins with a three-week ''boot camp'' workshop. Students will develop their own films and they'll also work closely with graduate faculty for critiques of their work. In the final year of the program, students will work with thesis advisors to create their own thesis film. Topics in the thesis workshop include previsualization, preproduction techniques and script development. The program also offers students the chance to gain real-world experience and participate in internships.
College of DuPage
The College of DuPage offers certificate and associate's degree programs for career preparation or transfer to a 4-year university. The motion picture/television department features programs in television, animation/motion graphics and film/video.
Motion Picture/Television Certificate
In this 45-credit motion picture/television certificate program, students are prepared for entry-level careers in the industry. Program requirements cover topics in editing, directing, video production and cinematography. Students can also pursue electives in animation and documentary.
Associate in Applied Science in Television Production
The television production associate's degree program is 66-69 credits and provides students with a thorough understanding of the television industry. In addition to a television history course, students take courses that teach them about television writing, film editing, motion graphics, pre-production and on-location production.
Associate in Applied Science in Film/Video Production
Students in the film/video production associate's degree program are required to complete 64-67 credits. The program offers training in television and film/video production, editing, directing, screenwriting, audio and aesthetics. Electives in motion graphics and special effects are also available.
Other School Option
Students in the Chicago area can also pursue a moving image arts minor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This school is 1.4 miles from downtown Chicago.