Columbia College Chicago


The Music Department offers two undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Music. The BA is a liberal arts degree that focuses on music in the context of a broad, interdisciplinary program of collegewide studies, allowing for more elective credits than the BMus, which is a professional degree with intensive focus on music, supported by general studies. A live audition is a great opportunity to meet and perform for your Music program faculty, to learn about performance-level placement, and to be considered for an additional scholarship award.

Majors & Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.

Composition, BMus


With a degree in Composition, you’ll go beyond the fundamentals of musicianship addressed in the core curriculum and receive intensive training to develop original compositions from concept to finished product. You’ll be encouraged to collaborate with other departments on film scores, music for dance and theatre performances, and other mixed media projects for a well-rounded portfolio.

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