First semester you’ll take two foundations courses: Cinema Notebooks, a course focused on critical analysis, and Cinema Image and Processing, a hands-on course where you’ll put theory to work making films. Because they’re often taught back-to-back, these foundations courses mirror what it’s like to be on a production set. You’ll spend much of your day learning, working and building relationships with the same group of students.
You’ll also have the opportunity to get on the set of one of the hundreds of films being made at Columbia each year. We highly encourage integration among our freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students and often host meet and greets so you can network with your fellow students. You’re only limited by your own time, energy and ambition when it comes to working on films at Columbia.