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

Degrees Offered
4 Year B.A., 4 Year B.F.A.
Animation & Digital Arts, Cinematography, Creative Producing, Directing, Documentary Filmmaking, Editing, Film & Television Production, Producing, Production Design, Sound Design, Screenwriting, Film Studies
Tuition Range
$40k to $50k

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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.
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  • Great location and environment
  • 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.

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600 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605

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