Columbia College Chicago - Cinema Art + Science (B.A. & B.F.A.)

3.50 star(s) 3.5 Stars (2 Member Reviews)

Film School details

Degrees Offered
  1. 4 Year B.A.
  2. 4 Year B.F.A.
Concentrations
  1. Animation & Digital Arts
  2. Cinematography
  3. Creative Producing
  4. Directing
  5. Documentary Filmmaking
  6. Editing
  7. Film & Television Production
  8. Producing
  9. Production Design
  10. Sound Design
  11. Screenwriting
  12. Film Studies
Yearly Tuition
$40k to $50k
Application Deadlines
May 1
Great filmmakers start with a strong, independent vision, but bringing it to the big screen is all about collaboration. This core major of Columbia’s Cinema Art + Science program trains innovative and creative professionals ready for any production set in the world. You’ll learn the fundamentals of film production and choose specializations including Directing, Cinematography, Animation, Screenwriting, Documentary, Editing, Producing and Cinema Studies.

The BFA is designed specifically as a qualification for direct entry to the profession and is built around extensive modeling of professional practice integrated with research and collaborative production of thesis work at the level or beyond what was traditionally achieved in graduate programs. Students can earn a BFA with a concentration in Cinematography, Cinema Visual Effects, Directing, Editing and Post-Production, Producing, Production Design, Screenwriting, or Sound for Cinema. Any student who completes the required first three semesters for a concentration will be eligible to apply to the BFA in that concentration during their fourth semester. Entry to the BFA is by selection after evaluation of department course work and film production completed in the first three semesters of the BA.
School URL
http://www.colum.edu/academics/media-arts/cinema-art-and-science/index.html
SAT or ACT Required?
No
Portfolio Required?
No


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Good undergrad craft school
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Alumni
I'd like to preface this by saying I graduated a while ago. It's possible that the school has changed significantly since then so take what I say with a grain of salt. Also, I made quite a few mistakes while there. Columbia College is a giant hub that draws in everybody from the Midwest. I feel like I know more people from Michigan than anywhere else in the world. You meet a lot of people in undergrad. Tons of students and they're all pipelined out to Los Angeles. That said, the alumni coordination leaves a little to be desired.

The big reason to go is tons of access to equipment and the ability to wheel around town and shoot whatever you want during independent study. It's an excellent trade school for its combination of hands-on experience and big alumni class. Go for an undergrad education, a solid bedrock to be followed up with an MFA. It is not a great school for writing and directing. That said, Columbia started up its Second City Program as soon as I left which likely would've been a game changer for me if it existed while I was there.

You have the ability to make an undergrad thesis with a lot of freedom. The thesis advisors aren't very hands-on. They have a Practicum Program that when I was there seemed like a great idea, designed in the style of AFI but it wasn't there in execution. Hopefully it's improved since then. It's a great idea. When I was there, it was a chaotic school without much direction and a lot of kids running around with cameras, shooting. Take all of this with a grain of salt.
Affordability
3.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
3.00 star(s)
Campus
4.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
2.00 star(s)
Coursework
2.00 star(s)
Facilities
4.00 star(s)
Professors
3.00 star(s)
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Pros
  • Great location and environment
Cons
  • Some courses seem a little bit chaotic (not all collaborations are successful)
CCC is a great film school for many reasons: different levels of courses allows you to explore your preference for filmmaking step by step as well as teaching various aspects in film production process, so that you would gain lots of experience and become a professional in terms of thinking and executing. Professors there are great as they do respect students' ideas and who you are, and as a big school with students from all over the world they respect all the cultural differences. For cinema directing and many other courses, collaboration is the key as those courses allows you to get to know all the roles in film production. Other than production courses, film study courses such as World Cinema is also really fun to take.
It also has a great location near the center of the city, great traffic, and great view alongside Lake Michigan. Hope it helps.
Alumni Network
3.00 star(s)
Campus
5.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
5.00 star(s)
Coursework
4.50 star(s)
Facilities
4.50 star(s)
Professors
4.75 star(s)
Scholarships
4.50 star(s)

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