Columbia College Hollywood
About Columbia College Hollywood
Columbia College Hollywood is an accredited educational institution offering degrees in film and television production. The school is located in Tarzana, California, a district in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles. Los Angeles is one of the world's centers of culture and media. It also leads the world in producing popular entertainment. Available activities range from performing arts to outer-space exhibits to Roman antiquities. Animal lovers can take a whale watching cruise on the Pacific. The young-at-heart can visit Universal Studios Hollywood or Disneyland. Other landmarks to see include the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Sign, and Dodger Stadium.
Columbia offers a two-year AFA degree program in cinema and television production, as well as four-year BFA degrees in cinema production or cinema and television production. Core curriculum to be completed in the first two years of all programs includes principles of production, editing theory and practice, visual design, screenwriting, art history, history of critical analysis in cinema, introduction to acting, drawing, script analysis, history of design, cinematography, production sound, directing, and unit production management/assistant directing. Three levels of motion picture history courses are required as well. These courses, along with a few additional courses in behavioral science, humanities, and natural science, can complete the AFA degree. Those wishing to continue on in pursuit of the BFA degree must choose an emphasis for further study. Available emphases for the BFA programs include direction, cinematography, producing, editing, and screenwriting. Students then complete required coursework in their chosen emphases, plus electives in the same field. Those wishing to pursue the combined cinema and television degree will be required to complete even more coursework with a television focus. In the final year of study, students are required to complete three production workshop courses in which students produce, direct, record sound, and edit short films based on ideas developed in earlier courses. Students also act as crew on one another¡¦s films.
Columbia only offers one institutionally funded scholarship, the Paul and Marian Lo Scholarship. The school does however provide information for application for the Multicultural Motion Picture Association Scholarship on the Web site. The financial aid office also provides information on federal grants and loans available, and works to help all prospective students find the best way in which to fund their educations.
Columbia holds an arts accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The faculty are all established and successful participants in the film and television industries looking to share their experience and knowledge with the next generation of great filmmakers, producers, directors, editors, and screenwriters. The campus offers the best in computer and production equipment, editing software, and shooting and post-production facilities that the industry can offer, giving students real hands-on experience to take with them into the industry. Students are also encouraged to join industry-related professional organizations to help nurture professional growth and expand opportunities to network with industry contacts.