Directors are the central storytellers of film. The director may not write the script, act it out, film it, or record it, but it is the director's unique vision for the story that is showcased. The director 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. When you choose the Directing emphasis, you'll have the opportunity to discover your individual creative voice while learning how to communicate with and manage your cast, crew, and creative partners effectively.

What You'll Learn:

When you graduate with a Directing emphasis, you'll be able to:

  • 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 actors 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

If you're in the BFA Cinema-Television program, you'll also 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:

BFA Cinema
BFA Cinema-Television


If you're working toward a BFA in Cinema-Television with a Directing Emphasis, you must take all Core courses, including Introduction to TV Production, and the following six (6) courses:


You must also take the required number of BFA Cinema electives PLUS two (2) of the following courses:

Practice Like a Professional

If you want to be a professional you have to practice with professional grade equipment. At Columbia College Hollywood, we have it all. From our professional soundstages to the most current, industry-standard equipment, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

What Our Students Have Produced

Interested in what you might create? Columbia College Hollywood students have 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

Columbia College Hollywood was started by the industry for the industry. That's 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 Stu Berg has directed more than 1500 television commercials and twenty plays.
Jaffar Mahmood Jaffar Mahmood Mahmood Jaffar is an Independent Filmmaker who was recently selected for the Warner Bros. Director Workshop Master Class.
John Swanbeck John Swanbeck John Swanbeck is the renowned director of The Big Kahuna, starring Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito.

What It'll Cost

We know earning a college degree is no small investment. Take a look at our tuition, financial aid options, and scholarship opportunities. We are committed to helping you get on a path to success.


Full-Time Part-Time
Total Tuition $24,000.00 $12,000.00
Production Insurance and Student Accident Insurance $495.00 $495.00
Total Annual Tuition and Fees $24,495.00 $12,495.00