Majors & Programs

As a Cinema and Television Arts student, you'll explore both the practice and theory of fundamental skills like inquiry, creativity, collaboration, and experimentation; and our stellar faculty will help you develop your personal voice and point of view. Our courses of undergraduate and graduate, study in writing, producing and directing for film and television, and areas of emphasis in cinematography, visual effects, editing and sound, and web-based and mobile media, along with interdisciplinary work in documentary production will prepare you for success in the media industry.

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Filmmaking, BA


Great filmmakers start with a clear, independent vision, but bringing that vision to the screen is all about collaboration. As a Filmmaking major, you’ll sharpen your creative voice while collaborating with your peers to produce character-driven films. You’ll gain a broad view of the entire filmmaking process by analyzing case studies and working on short films. The flexible curriculum allows you to specialize in a particular area or take a wide variety of courses to diversify your skill set. You’ll graduate prepared to make films, from concept to screen.

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Cinema Art and Science, BFA


The Cinema Art and Science BFA is a comprehensive degree designed for students who want to specialize in a particular area of film production. You can choose from one of eight areas of concentration. The program is modeled on professional practice, and your coursework will equip you with the technical skills necessary to succeed in the film industry. This degree requires a collaboratively produced thesis—an intensive project that prepares you for direct entry in your chosen profession.

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Cinema Art and Science, Cinematography, BFA

Our Cinematography students acquire proficiency in photography for the screen. You’ll conceive and produce images that advance the thematic aspects of a script and work closely with the film’s director.

Cinema Art and Science, Cinema Visual Effects, BFA

As a Cinema Visual Effects student, you’ll study the technical, creative and physiological application of visual effects technology used to create and support cinematic stories.

Cinema Art and Science, Directing, BFA

This concentration is designed to prepare students in all aspects of film direction. Our course offerings allow you to hone your storytelling craft in collaboration with screenwriters, casting directors, editors, cinematographers and production designers.

Cinema Art and Science, Editing and Post-Production, BFA

Our Editing and Postproduction students learn to edit raw footage, manipulate audio files and add digital effects to film. You will be prepared for a career in film editing and other postproduction specializations.

Cinema Art and Science, Producing, BFA

This concentration highlights production management, legal affairs and a fully realized array of creative producing techniques. Choose from a wide array of Producing-specific electives to learn crucial techniques such as how to cast, scout locations, pitch a film or polish a script.

Cinema Art and Science, Production Design, BFA

This concentration provides training and practice in all aspects of cinema production design. As a Production Design student, you’ll explore the design and construction of studio sets, props, set decoration, special effects, costumes and makeup. The curriculum emphasizes collaboration with directors, producers and cinematographers; previsualization through research and concept art; time and resource management; and handcrafted fabrications.

Cinema Art and Science, Screenwriting, BFA

Screenwriting students hone their writing and communication skills to construct a cinematic and emotional experience for their audience. You will craft and edit scripts with your peers and master the fundamental elements of storytelling.

Cinema Art and Science, Sound for Cinema, BFA

The concentration prepares students to handle the various audio steps involved in preproduction, production, postproduction and the release of the motion picture. You’ll learn industry techniques such as how to mix sound, dub and craft believable sound effects.

Interdisciplinary Documentary, BA


Documentary filmmakers wear many hats. They’re directors and writers, photographers and voice actors. But above all else, documentary filmmakers are compelling storytellers with a passion for spreading the truth. As an Interdisciplinary Documentary major, you’ll take courses in a variety of departments and gain a comprehensive education that covers nonfiction storytelling through story, image and sound. You’ll graduate with a wide knowledge of documentary theory and practice and a portfolio of nonfiction work that spans disciplines and media formats.

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Television Executive Producing and Entrepreneurship, BFA


To be a successful executive producer, you need the right kind of business acumen to navigate the competitive, complex world of TV production. Through this one-of-a-kind professional degree program, you’ll synthesize your creative vision with the managerial, financial, and marketing skills you’ll need to succeed in Hollywood and beyond.

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Television, BA


Columbia’s landmark television major produces professionals with job-ready portfolios in four key concentrations: Writing/Producing, Directing/Production, Postproduction/Effects, and Internet and Mobile Media. You’ll create television in your first semester, immersed in a curriculum that emphasizes the future of storytelling and surrounded by like-minded and passionate students and faculty.

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Television, Internet and Mobile Media, BA

Are you a DIY media-maker with ideas that go beyond the world of traditional TV production? In this dynamic program, you’ll explore techniques and concepts you can use to create branded entertainment, webisodes, interactive video, and more. If you have a singular focus, an entrepreneurial drive, and a strong engagement with social media, you’ll build your skills while making the work that matters to you, whether it’s streaming on YouTube or tomorrow’s next big media platform.

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Television, Post-production and Effects, BA

Great stories and inventive productions are nothing without good editing. Post-production professionals add structure and shape the overall experience of a series with motion graphics and special effects. With more TV shows and more ways to watch than ever before, there’s a growing demand for creative post-production specialists. As a Post-Production and Effects student, you’ll learn advanced editing, motion graphics, and visual effects techniques you can apply to a broad range of media careers.

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Television, Production and Direction, BA

Television is part art, part science. As a Production and Directing student, you’ll learn how to master both halves. You’ll get hands-on training in technology using our multicamera studio and our fully equipped remote media truck. You’ll also learn to direct actors and adapt the written word for the screen. This concentration blends both the creative and technical facets of TV-making to prepare you for a number of careers in the field.

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Television, Writing and Producing, BA

We’re in the midst of a competitive and thrilling new era of television. As a TV student, you’ll become a part of it. You’ll learn how television is developed and how to realize your ideas by creating real shows from start to finish. You’ll understand and practice the interdependent roles of both scriptwriter and producer. Our graduates become writers, producers, and executives who shape the media of the future.

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Video Production Minor


Today’s video-centric, web-driven culture creates demand for content creation and editing skills in many arenas besides television and film. Video production skills can support your work in virtually any major and enhance your employability at graduation.

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Writing for Television Minor


Television is flourishing on networks, cable channels, and especially online, and it needs stories—tons of them. Columbia’s Television Writing minor prepares you to become a scriptwriter who can focus on a career in television or create story content as part of a broader production, artistic, or communications career.

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