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What it is


The Cinema program immerses you in the art, craft, business and discipline of filmmaking. You will explore nuances of Cinematography, Directing, Editing and Post-Production, Screenwriting and Sound.  This innovative program uses a combination of aesthetic, technical and theoretical approaches to advance your knowledge of storytelling and the narrative form.


  • The Minneapolis College Cinema program is amongst the very few two-year degree programs offered in cinema production in the U.S. The Minneapolis College Cinema Division is the only comprehensive cinema production institution of its kind in the upper Midwest.
  • Minneapolis College’s cinema programs are some of the most affordable film school programs in the U.S. and tuition covers almost all production costs for students.
  • Thanks to a low student-to-teacher ratio, you will receive personal attention from qualified, passionate faculty members who are working professionals and hold MFA or Ph.D. degrees.
  • A diverse student base adds to the creative experience. Students come from all over the world, have varied professional backgrounds and range in age from 18 to 65.
  • Cutting-edge technology and facilities strengthen the programs’ practical experience. You will have access to the latest software, cameras and equipment as well as production and Post-Production facilities and studios.
  • Local and nationally recognized industry experts from Hollywood and New York serve as guest speakers.
  • Minneapolis College boasts award-winning alumni. Former student achievements have included: producing a Super Bowl ad that was the most-watched television commercial of all time; writing and producing a short film that qualified for consideration as a 2010 Oscar nomination; earning the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowship Award in 2009; receiving Bush Foundation Artist Fellowships, and winning a 2008 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, one of the most prestigious screenwriting prizes in the world.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Effectively apply visual writing and social commentary for screenplays
  2. Demonstrate technical competence with current filmmaking tools
  3. Analyze and apply the historical and aesthetic development in the language of cinema.
  4. Employ the basics of visual language in cinematic storytelling
  5. Identify all the roles and stages involved in filmmaking and collaborate on production teams
  6. Proficiently fulfill at least one area of a filmmaking team: screenwriting, directing, editing or cinematography