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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Cinema Art and Science (BFA)

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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: Cinematography, Directing, Editing and Postproduction, Sound for Cinema, Cinema Visual Effects, Producing, Production Design, or Screenwriting. 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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Filmmaking (BA)

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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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Interdisciplinary Documentary (BA)

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What’s your compelling story? Develop your personal voice in the expanding world of nonfiction storytelling. In Columbia College Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Documentary BA program, you’ll learn how to craft stories that interweave photography, cinema, radio, creative writing, journalism, and more. Strengthen your documentary practice as a director, writer, photographer, or voice actor in classes from a variety of departments across Columbia, and graduate with a portfolio of nonfiction work that spans disciplines and media formats.

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Television (BA)

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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 Executive Producing and Entrepreneurship (BFA)

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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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Video Production Minor

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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

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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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