The Columbia College Chicago Film & Video Department's Advanced Practicum is a unique educational structure that models above-the-line led collaborative professional practice to yield completed films ready for exhibition and distribution.
The Practicum was started by Department Chair Bruce Sheridan as a single semester partnership between one advanced cinematography course and one advanced producing course. Each cycle now runs over three consecutive semesters - Fall, Spring & Summer - and involves advanced Film & Video classes in Screenwriting, Producing, Directing, Cinematography, Location Sound, Production Design, Editing, and Post-Production Audio plus input from Art + Design Department and Arts, Entertainment Media Management Department students, who contribute illustration and wardrobe expertise respectively.
Semester 1 Directed Study: the Director's Assistant, 2 credit hours
Semester 2 Directing Practicum, 6 credit hours
The application is a multi-stage process that includes a written application, list of references, and full-day director's workshop. Those accepted must enroll in the Directed Study and shadow a Practicum Director before moving on to their own production the following semester. These Directed Study credit hours will count as an elective toward the Directing Concentration.
Click here for the Producing Practicum Application.