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 CCH must have completed their high school education or provide a GED certificate prior to matriculating.

When are applications due?

Applications and supporting documents must be received no later than three weeks before the start of the quarter for which the student is applying. In order for the College to receive and process all the required documents in a timely manner, we strongly recommend that students file their applications at least three weeks before the start of the quarter.

Where do I send my application?

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

Is CCH accredited?

Yes.  CCH has regional accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission.  WASC is the highest accreditation possible for colleges in the Western United States.

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

CCH 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 (September), Winter (January), Spring (April) and Summer (July). Click here for the current academic calendar.

What kind of financial aid is available?

CCH offers the following federal and state programs for financing a student’s education:

  • 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 CCH Admissions Office. Click here for a detailed list of requirements for international students.

Can I transfer credits from another school?

CCH does allow credits to be transferred and the transferability of credits is subject to prior review and approval. Click here for more information on transferring credits.

I live out of state and can’t make a CCH Experience Day. Is there another way to schedule a visit?

Yes, if you can’t make a scheduled CCH Experience Day, 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 us and we’ll be happy to arrange a private tour for you.

What kind of housing is available?

Columbia College Hollywood students can take advantage of two options for housing – Meridian Pointe Housing on the campus of California State University- Northridge, or CCH apartment options within ¼ mile of the Columbia College campus. Click here for more information on student housing.

How close is Tarzana to Hollywood?

Tarzana is just over the Hollywood Hills and still in the City of Los Angeles.  It is 10 miles from Hollywood 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 in order 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 better 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?

48 credits which equates to one year of your undergraduate studies. But two important things are different about Gen Ed at CCH. First, in most college film programs you have to get your Gen Ed out of the way before starting your film studies, but not at CCH. Your coursework is at least half film production right from the beginning. The other difference is that much of Gen Ed at CCH is itself film oriented. As an example, the second English Composition course is Script Analysis. You learn how to get to a deep understanding of a film script, and how to share your thoughts on it, and it counts toward Gen Ed too.