Directors are the true storytellers of film. They do not create the story, act it out, or record it, but it is their voice that echoes through the film and their style that is showcased. They must have a profound insight into every aspect of the film world, bringing all pieces together to create a unique and original piece of art. A student pursuing an emphasis in directing will have the opportunity to discover their creative “voice” while learning how to communicate and manage a cast and crew effectively.

What You'll Learn:

  • Break down a text to understand the beats, the intent of the line, the event of the scene and its objective.
  • Communicate the aforementioned elements to actors; and utilize a variety of acting techniques to aid the actor in finding character and giving the finest performance possible.
  • Determine casting requirements.
  • Plan shot selection and coverage to express the visual needs of a script.
  • Communicate with film department heads and select such key elements as art direction, props, and cinematography.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work within a film budget and manage time, equipment, and location limitations.
  • Take a leadership position in executing the production of a film.
  • Utilize editing to set the pace and tone of a film.
  • Analyze and speak with critical acumen about the work of other filmmakers.
  • Analyze and describe the challenges and logistics involved in safely producing an action sequence.
  • Create various genres through the performances of actors.

Additionally, Cinema & TV Majors will be able to: 

  • Block and direct actors (talent) in a multi-camera studio universe.
  • Run a control room environment.
  • Use terminology and practices of TV and Emerging Media Industries.

Courses You'll Take:

Cinema Degree
Cinema & TV Degree


All students choosing to work towards a combined Cinema-Television Bachelors degree must take Introduction to TV Production, which is a core class for combined majors, and the six (6) courses designated for those choosing a Directing Cinema-TV emphasis:


Combined Cinema-Television Directing emphasis students must fulfill the elective requirements of the Cinema Major PLUS take two (2) of the following TV elective emphasis courses:

Practice Like a Professional

If you want to be a professional you have to practice with professional grade equipment. At CCH we have it all, from our state of the art soundstages to the Red One MX Camera, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

What Our Students Have Produced:

Interested in what you might create? At CCH we give our students countless opportunities to show their skills. Check out some of their work below. 

Turn Your Passion Into a Career

Technical Skill + Business Know-How + A Crazy Creative Mind = One Good Looking Future. We want to help you turn directing into more than just a hobby, we want you to live it day in and day out. Because doing what you love isn’t a want, it’s a necessity.


Career Opportunities:

  • Director
  • Director's Assistant
  • Director, Commercials
  • Director, Feature Film
  • Director, Music Video
  • Assistant Director (1st)
  • Assistant Director (2nd 2nd)
  • Assistant Director (2nd)
  • Field Director
  • Multi-Camera Director
  • PA - Set
  • Television Shows Director

Who You’ll Learn From:

CCH is a college made by the industry for the industry. That is why we hire industry professionals to teach you everything you need to know. Take a look at who might be teaching you.

Stu Berg Stu Berg Director of more than 1500 television commercials and twenty plays.
Gregory Doucette Gregory Doucette Script supervisor of movies such as the Avengers and television shows like Breaking Bad.
Mike Hurst Mike Hurst A Writer/Director who has worked for production companies such as Lionsgate and After Dark Films.
Jaffar Mahmood Jaffar Mahmood Independent Filmmaker who was recently selected for the Warner Bros. Director Workshop Master Class.
Jeff Smith Jeff Smith A writer/director/producer with extensive experience with film, television, and commercials.
John Swanbeck John Swanbeck Renowned director of the Big Kahuna starring Kevin Spacey and Danny Divito.
Scott Thomas Scott Thomas Award winning producer and director with over 25 years of experience. He has worked on projects such as X-Men, Conan, and a Place to Hide.

What It'll Cost:

We know that the price of college can be a huge concern when applying; it’s no small investment. So take a look at our pricing, financial aid options, and scholarship opportunities. We are committed to helping you get on a path to success. 

Full-Time Part-Time
Tuition $20,505.00 $13,050.00
Production Insurance $495.00 $495.00
Student Activity Fee $105.00 $105.00
Average Course Fees $675.00 $450.00
Annual Tuition and Fees $21,780.00 $14,100.00