General Admissions Requirements

The following Admissions Requirements apply only to our Degree Programs. 

1. Complete an Application for Admission. Columbia College has two ways to apply: The CCH Online Application and the Common App application. Neither option provides an advantage for acceptance.

2. Write a personal essay of not less than 500 words describing your educational and professional objectives.  Describe why you wish to pursue the intensive study of cinema/television at CCH. We want to know about you, your interests, and why you have reached the decision to study and pursue filmmaking.  Tell us what excites you about this field of endeavor.  Discuss your aspirations in film/TV and describe where you see yourself ten years in the future.  Be sure to give the essay serious thought and pay particular attention to grammar and spelling. If you are applying online, the essay should be submitted either as a PDF or a Microsoft Word document. Your essay should address at least one of the following prompts:

3. Submit Official Transcripts showing your high school and any further education.  All Transcripts must show a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.50.

Please send official transcripts, certifications and test scores to:
Columbia College Hollywood
Attn: Admissions
18618 Oxnard St.
Tarzana, CA 91356

If you attended a school outside of the U.S., you will need to contact your school(s) and have them send your transcripts directly to CCH.  Transcripts must have official English translation.

Students with GED certifications are responsible for providing GED results directly to CCH.

Advanced Placement students must submit official AP test score with a minimum score of 3 in order to receive college credit.

Admitted students must submit final transcripts to verify that all work in process was successfully completed.  In the event that the final semester of work does not meet required criteria, acceptance may be denied.

4. Provide the name and address of two character references that have known you for at least one year and who are not family members.  References should include an official from the last school attended -  preferably a teacher, counselor or principal - in addition to a Film/TV industry professional, or employer.  

If you are a Transfer Applicant, letters of recommendation are not required.  However, if you are a Transfer applicant and you choose to submit letters of recommendation, one or two letters or recommendation will be sufficient.  Letters of recommendation for Transfer Applicants can be submitted by anyone you feel will best describe your academic and/or personal strength, and do not need to be submitted through the Common App.  Letter of recommendation for Transfer Applicants should be submitted using our online letter of recommendation form.  If we receive your recommendation forms before we receive your completed application for admission, we will keep them on file until your application has been received. 

5. An interview is required for prospective students prior to final admissions consideration.  At Columbia College Hollywood we don’t just want to see how you look on paper, we are interested in the whole person.  Interviews may be conducted in person or electronically via Skype.

Admissions Decisions

Every application is thoroughly reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee and applications are not reviewed until all required documents have been received. Written notification of eligibility for admission will be sent to applicants as soon as a decision has been reached. All students must have completed their high school education or completed their GED prior to matriculating at Columbia College Hollywood. Students submitting a GED may also be asked to provide official transcripts from any high schools attended. The Admissions Review Committee may defer making a decision until it has received a candidate’s final transcripts.

Application Deadlines

In order for the College to receive and process all the required documents in a timely manner, there are important deadlines for students to be aware of.

Common App degree program applicants may choose either of the following admissions plans: Early Decision or Regular Decision.

The Priority Decision deadline for Fall 2017 degree program applicants is January 6, 2017.  The Extended deadline for Fall 2017 degree program applicants is May 5, 2017.

Application Deadlines


Application Deadline

Classes Begin

Summer 2017

May 5, 2017

July 10, 2017

Fall 2017

Early Decision January 6, 2017

October 2, 2017

Extended Deadline May 5, 2017



Portfolio and Sample Reel

CCH does not require a portfolio or sample reel of your work with your application. If you wish to attach a DVD to your application, we will gladly review it. Please note that we cannot return any materials or supporting documentation you send with your application.

Standardized Test Scores

CCH strongly recommends (but does not require) the submission of SAT/ACT scores. Admitted students will not be required to take the Math Proficiency Assessment Exam if they have completed any of the following:

AP Exams (CCH code 1247).  Advanced Placement students must submit official results with a minimum score of 3 in order to receive college credit.
SAT Exam (CCH code 1247)
ACT Exam (CCH code 5553)
IB Exam - Columbia College Hollywood offers credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams in the Standard Level (LS) and/or Higher Level (HL) Examinations with a minimum score of 3.  To request credit, official scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions for evaluation.

Conditional Admission

Under special circumstances or extenuating conditions, an admissions counselor may in his/or her professional judgment recommend the conditional acceptance of a student who does not meet minimum requirements for admission to the College. The Dean of the College and the Dean of Student Services must grant approval for conditional acceptance. When granting conditional acceptance, the College may impose specific conditions on the student, including requiring special documentation. All those conditions must be met and the student must maintain a minimum GPA of at least 2.0.

We strongly discourage letters of appeal unless you can provide significant new information that was not included in your original application for admission.  All appeals must be submitted in writing to the Director of Admissions.  Applicants denied admission to the College must wait a full year before reapplying. 

Deferred Enrollment

Upon acceptance, a student may, with permission from the Director of Admissions, request to defer enrollment.  Deferments may only be granted once within an academic year.  You must send a written request for the deferral to the Admissions Office for consideration. The request must indicate which quarter you were accepted, which future quarter you are interested in enrolling, and the reason for the request. Please specify travel, work, and educational objectives for the period of deferment.


Columbia College Hollywood does not require proof of immunizations or vaccinations for enrollment.

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