Admissions FAQs

How do I check the status of my application?

One of the advantages of Columbia College Hollywood is that you can call the Admissions Office and have a one-on-one conversation with your Admissions Counselor regarding the status of your application. Better yet, make an appointment to visit us in person.

How can I get in touch with an Admissions Counselor?

You can call an Admissions Counselor toll free at 1-800-785-0585 or at 818-345-8414 or email us anytime at If you've already applied or connected with us, you may already have talked to an Admissions Counselor who you can always call or email directly.

When can I apply to Columbia College Hollywood?

We accept applications and admit new students on a rolling basis. Once you're accepted, you can start at the beginning of any term as long as space is available. It's best to complete your application file six (6) weeks prior to the start of the term of your choice. If you would like to complete the admissions process sooner, we will accept your application as early as a year prior to the start of the term of your choice.

We also recognize that you have choices in where to complete your higher education. To make this selection process easier for you, we offer Early Action Admissions. Simply complete your application file for the next Fall Quarter by December 15, and we will send you a decision within thirty (30) days.

What are Columbia College Hollywood's school codes for placement exams and applications?

There are several school codes. Be sure to select the appropriate code for each purpose:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Code 7213
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams - Code 1247
SAT Exam - Code 1247
ACT Exam - Code 5553
Federal Financial Aid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Code 014697
Private Student Loans - Code 021102-00

When will I receive notice that I've been accepted?

Once you have completed your application file, including submitting all supporting documents and links, we will send you an acceptance notice by mail within 2-6 weeks.

Can I earn credit at Columbia College Hollywood by taking Advanced Placement (AP) Exams?

Yes! If you have scored a 3 or better on your AP Exams, please submit the official exam results to receive college credit.

Can I apply for federal financial aid to finance my Columbia College Hollywood education?

Yes!  We participate in all of the federal financial aid student loan and grant programs, including Pell and SEOG grants for low income students. We also accept Cal Grants for California residents. In fact, nearly 80% of Columbia College Hollywood students receive some sort of financial aid.

In order to give yourself the best possible chance of receiving the maximum amount of aid, begin applying as soon as possible. Some grant programs have firm deadlines. The CAL Grant deadline for a Fall Quarter start date, for instance, is March 2.

Start the federal financial aid process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at The Columbia College Hollywood school code is 014697. For further questions regarding Financial Aid at Columbia College, please contact our Financial Aid Department at 818-345-8414.

I’m still in high school. Is there something I can do now?

If you're a Sophomore or Junior in high school, you can attend our High School Summer Program. We offer courses in Film Production, Screenwriting, and Acting every summer. When you successfully complete your course, you can earn 4 units of college credit! Click here to learn more about our High School Summer Program.

What degrees do you offer?

Columbia College Hollywood offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design + Interactive Media
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Effects
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema-Television (no longer enrolling new students)
  • Associate of Fine Arts in Cinema-Television

How can I customize my degree program?

Students in the BFA programs can customize their degree programs by choosing to focus on an area of emphasis:

BFA Cinema Emphasis choices are:

  • Acting
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Editing/VFX
  • New Media
  • Producing
  • Sound
  • Writing

BFA Graphic Design + Interactive Media Emphasis choices are:

  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Media
  • Digital Marketing

BFA Visual Effects Emphasis choices are:

  • Animation
  • Digital Modeling
  • Compositing

When are your start dates?

We offer 4 start dates at the beginning of each quarter. Fall Quarter starts in October, Winter Quarter starts in January, Spring Quarter starts in April, and Summer quarter starts in June or July.

How much is your tuition?

We have transparent, easy to understand tuition rates. If you enroll in 4 courses or 16 credit units per quarter, tuition is $8,000 for the quarter.

If you enroll in the Cinema or Cinema-Television program, you'll also pay a Production & Student Accident Insurance Fee of $165 per quarter. There are no additional course or equipment fees.

If you enroll in the Visual Effects or Graphic Design + Interactive Media program, you'll pay the Student Accident Insurance Fee of $50 per quarter. An additional Production Accident Insurance fee will only be charged when you enroll in certain production courses.

School sponsored housing rates average approximately $3500 per quarter. Since we are a private school rather than a public school, tuition is the same for California residents and non-residents. 

Do you help your graduates find jobs in the entertainment industry?

Columbia College Hollywood's Career Development Office helps both students and alumni with polishing resumes, sharpening interview skills, securing for-credit internships, and finding full-time jobs. 

Do you offer housing?

Yes. We can assist you with finding housing options close to campus with shuttle service provided.

Are meals plans offered with housing?

Unfortunately, our housing options do not offer meal plans. However, all rooms come with a kitchen so students have the option of preparing their own meals.

How much is your application fee?

Our standard application fee is $50.00. If you come to an Open House or schedule a private tour prior to applying, we'll waive your application fee. 

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, we have scholarships available and we also offer work-study scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on both merit and need. See the Scholarship link on this website for more information.

How large are your classes?

Our current student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1.

What is the quality of your teachers?

Our teachers are working professionals. They’ve won awards including Emmys, Golden Globes, and Academy Awards. They are among the best in the industry. For a list of teachers and their entertainment credits, click here.

What courses are required for the various degrees?

Please browse our degree emphases pages for detailed information about each degree’s core curriculum, required courses, and elective choices. requirements. 

Who can I call to schedule a tour of the campus?

Private tours are offered Monday thru Friday from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm.  You can either call an Admissions representative at 818-345-8414 to schedule a tour or you can book your tour using our Private Tour request form. We also host a quarterly Open House day. Click here for information on the next Open House.

Where is the campus located?

We are located in the West San Fernando area of Los Angeles, in the Tarzana neighborhood, about 15 minutes from downtown L.A. and within 20-30 minutes of all the major studios, including Fox, Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, and ABC.

Is Columbia College Hollywood accredited?

Yes, Columbia College Hollywood is regionally accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission. For more information about our WASC accreditation, please click here.