FAQs

What are the application requirements?

In addition to a completed application for admission, we require a 500-word personal essay describing career goals and artistic pursuits, and two letters of recommendation from teachers, educators, or individuals who know you well and are not family members. As the will to develop as a filmmaker is most attractive, the College will review portfolios or sample reels, but does not require it from applicants. The College strongly recommends (but does not require) the submission of SAT/ACT scores. Why? As a film school where creativity is held in high esteem, we look at the whole person and choose not to judge applicants based on a one day test that may or may not reflect their overall creative and artistic abilities. Additionally, we may request an interview with a prospective student prior to final admissions consideration. Further, all applicants to Columbia College Hollywood must have completed their high school education or provide a GED certificate prior to matriculating.

When are applications due?

If you're applying for Fall Quarter 2017, applications and supporting materials are being accepted on a rolling basis until all programs are full. Applications for Winter Quarter 2018 are due on December 1, 2017.

Where do I send my application?

Columbia College Hollywood
Office of Admissions
18618 Oxnard St.
Los Angeles, CA 91356

Is Columbia College Hollywood accredited?

Yes. Columbia College Hollywood is regionally accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission. 

Do I need to take the ACT or SAT to apply?

Columbia College Hollywood strongly recommends (but does not require) the submission of SAT/ACT scores. Why? As a film school where creativity is held in high esteem, we look at the whole person and choose not to judge applicants based on a one day test that may or may not reflect their overall creative and artistic abilities.

Do I have to wait until the Fall quarter to enroll as a Freshman?

You do not. We have four start dates per year – Fall (October), Winter (January), Spring (April) and Summer (July). Click here for the current academic calendar.

What kind of financial aid is available?

Our Financial Aid Coordinators can assist you in finding the best combination of federal and state financial aid programs to help finance your college education, including:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • California CAL Grant & Chafee Grant

Private scholarships and alternative loan programs are also available.  Click here for additional information on financial aid.

What are the admission requirements for international students?

International applications have the same requirements as U.S. nationals with the additional requirements of a minimum TOEFL score of 550 and a statement of financial support to the Columbia College Hollywood Admissions Office. Click here for a detailed list of requirements for international students.

Can I transfer credits from another school?

Yes! There is no minimum transfer credit requirement. All transfer credits are subject to prior review and approval. Click here for more information on transferring credits.

I live out of state and can’t make it to an Open House. Is there another way to schedule a visit?

Yes, if you can’t attend a quarterly Open House, you can request a private tour by completing our online private tour form. You may also call us at (800) 785-0585 or email us at admissions@columbiacollege.edu. We'd be happy to arrange a private tour for you.

What kind of housing is available?

Columbia College Hollywood students can take advantage of several student housing options within ¼ mile of the Columbia College campus. Click here for more information on student housing.

How close is the campus to Hollywood?

Our campus is located in the West San Fernando area of Los Angeles, north of the Hollywood Hills.  We're 15 miles from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and many major studios and other production facilities are even closer.

Can I do an internship right away?

Yes. You can do an internship anytime. However, to receive academic credit for your internship you need to be a sophomore (48 credit units or higher). Another thing to consider: the better your knowledge about filmmaking, the more valuable you are as an intern and the more likely you are to get a great intern position. So, having some basic to mid-level production courses under your belt first is usually a good idea.

How many General Education classes do I have to take?

All students are required to successfully complete 48 credit hours of general education courses, which equates to one year of your undergraduate studies. Most college film programs require you to complete all or most of your gen ed credits before you can start your film studies. We're different. We want you to start doing what you love right away. That's why you'll start your film production coursework right from the beginning. You'll also be able to complete your gen edu requirement with film-oriented history and humanities courses, like Motion Picture History and Script Analysis.