Columbia College Chicago vs Ohio University

Which school should I pick?

  • Columbia College Chicago - MFA in TV and Film Directing

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  • Ohio University - MFA in Film

    Votes: 2 100.0%

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m_w

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Hi all,

I'm considering both these universities mostly because of the financial aid/scholarships they've offered. I'm interested in cinematography, and that's what I want to pursue after graduation. Both the programs look great. CCC focuses more on Directing but is in Chicago and has a better ranking while OU isn't ranked well and is in a small city, Athens but offers a specialisation in Cinematography.
 
Maybe FSU is a better choice than CCC and Ohio.
I would have picked FSU as my first choice. However, they didn't offer any sort of funding. And without that, it's quite expensive. CCC on the other hand offered almost 80% of a tuition waiver and Ohio offered a full tuition waiver. I'm honestly considering these two because of the cost attached to it.

Just read someone say 'Free is hard to argue with' so I've been constantly thinking about that.
 
I would have picked FSU as my first choice. However, they didn't offer any sort of funding. And without that, it's quite expensive. CCC on the other hand offered almost 80% of a tuition waiver and Ohio offered a full tuition waiver. I'm honestly considering these two because of the cost attached to it.

Just read someone say 'Free is hard to argue with' so I've been constantly thinking about that.
I didn't know much about the film program in Ohio University, so it's very hard to choose. I guess Ohio is cheaper than CCC, when you consider the cost of living.
 
I didn't know much about the film program in Ohio University, so it's very hard to choose. I guess Ohio is cheaper than CCC, when you consider the cost of living.
It's probably half the price of living in Chicago. But Chicago comes with its perks of the opportunity to network. CCC is surrounded by many production houses which is a plus. For me, it's a battle between the cost of attending (Ohio) vs the city life with networking opportunities (CCC). Not sure how much of a difference living in a small city makes to my future in film.
 
I would have picked FSU as my first choice. However, they didn't offer any sort of funding. And without that, it's quite expensive. CCC on the other hand offered almost 80% of a tuition waiver and Ohio offered a full tuition waiver. I'm honestly considering these two because of the cost attached to it.

Just read someone say 'Free is hard to argue with' so I've been constantly thinking about that.
CCC has better geographical location and more complete discipline construction. Ohio can allow you to study the film major you most want to study and is cheaper. You can estimate the consumption difference between CCC and Ohio.
 
It's probably half the price of living in Chicago. But Chicago comes with its perks of the opportunity to network. CCC is surrounded by many production houses which is a plus. For me, it's a battle between the cost of attending (Ohio) vs the city life with networking opportunities (CCC). Not sure how much of a difference living in a small city makes to my future in film.
true, you can search some information about Ohio University in the reddit. There are many helpful comments on Reddit. In the past, I was very interested in applying to UNCSA, but one of the reviews about UNCSA on there made me change my mind. I think you can try searching for relevant information on Reddit. If the cost isn't significantly different, geographical location is a very important factor.
 
Would you still consider Emerson though? You were interested in editing right and Emerson doesn't have that. LMU is great though. I hope you hear good news soon
Thank you, and good luck to us. I prefer Emerson over CCC. Did you attend the CCC's Zoom session a few days before? The editing class at CCC teaches Pr instead of Avid, which disappoints me a little bit.
 
true, you can search some information about Ohio University in the reddit. There are many helpful comments on Reddit. In the past, I was very interested in applying to UNCSA, but one of the reviews about UNCSA on there made me change my mind. I think you can try searching for relevant information on Reddit. If the cost isn't significantly different, geographical location is a very important factor.
So far, I haven't read any negative reviews about OU, other than the location which is a bit isolated from the actual film industry, unlike LA, NY and Chicago. Reddit also has some positive reviews about OU as compared to CCC which was mostly negative.
 
Thank you, and good luck to us. I prefer Emerson over CCC. Did you attend the CCC's Zoom session a few days before? The editing class at CCC teaches Pr instead of Avid, which disappoints me a little bit.
Emerson definitely has a better ranking and quality of education. My only concern with Emerson is the courses. I'm waiting to hear back from Emerson as well.

No, unfortunately, I couldn't. What did you think about CCC after attending the session?
 
Only about 10 people participated in this session. I feel that the CCC directing program may not be very suitable for developing other majors. I looked at the courses inside, it's too diverse, and it's hard to specialize in one field. But I don't know if there will be any other offers in the future, so perhaps CCC is my only choice
Emerson definitely has a better ranking and quality of education. My only concern with Emerson is the courses. I'm waiting to hear back from Emerson as well.

No, unfortunately, I couldn't. What did you think about CCC after attending the session?
 
Emerson definitely has a better ranking and quality of education. My only concern with Emerson is the courses. I'm waiting to hear back from Emerson as well.

No, unfortunately, I couldn't. What did you think about CCC after attending the session?
You can email FSU to try for a scholarship. If FSU offers scholarships, I think it would be a great choice
 
Do you happen to know who hosted the session? I was going through the courses as well and honestly, I don't like the fact that there weren't any cinematography-related courses or anything that has to do with the technical aspect of lighting, cameras, lenses, etc. OU on the other hand has that. Plus you can specialise in your second year. I'm leaning more towards OU but thinking about the location scares me
 
Do you happen to know who hosted the session? I was going through the courses as well and honestly, I don't like the fact that there weren't any cinematography-related courses or anything that has to do with the technical aspect of lighting, cameras, lenses, etc. OU on the other hand has that. Plus you can specialise in your second year. I'm leaning more towards OU but thinking about the location scares me
It's Eric and David
 
You can email FSU to try for a scholarship. If FSU offers scholarships, I think it would be a great choice
I did actually email them but I haven't heard back. I couldn't find much information about financial aid for international students on their website either so I'm guessing they're not big on providing financial aid. I hope I get to hear some positive news about the financial aid because then I'd be pretty clear on where I want to go and FSU will definitely be it.
 
Do you happen to know who hosted the session? I was going through the courses as well and honestly, I don't like the fact that there weren't any cinematography-related courses or anything that has to do with the technical aspect of lighting, cameras, lenses, etc. OU on the other hand has that. Plus you can specialise in your second year. I'm leaning more towards OU but thinking about the location scares me
If you want to study cinematography, I don't think CCC is a good choice. A negative review on the filmschool.org is related to this.
 
I have to say, FSU's response speed to emails is quite slow. Last time I emailed them with a question, I waited for over a week
I did actually email them but I haven't heard back. I couldn't find much information about financial aid for international students on their website either so I'm guessing they're not big on providing financial aid. I hope I get to hear some positive news about the financial aid because then I'd be pretty clear on where I want to go and FSU will definitely be it.
 
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