How to Apply

Admissions Requirements

1. Complete an Online Application

Columbia College Hollywood offers you two ways to apply for admission:  via the Columbia College Hollywood Online Application or via the Columbia College Hollywood Common App webpage.

2. Pay a one-time $50 Application Fee

We'll waive your Application Fee if you attend a Columbia College Hollywood Open House, take a private tour of the Columbia College Hollywood campus, or receive an ACT or SAT Fee Waiver. 

We'll also waive the Application Fee if you're an Armed Forces veteran, currently on active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Armed Forces Reserves.

International Students must attend an Open House or arrange a tour of the college to be eligible for an Application Fee waiver. 

3. Provide Your Official High School Transcripts and Official Transcripts from Prior Colleges and Universities

Official transcripts must show a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Please send official transcripts directly to:
Columbia College Hollywood
Attn: Admissions
18618 Oxnard Street
Los Angeles, CA  91356

If you have a GED certification, you are responsible for providing your GED results directly to Columbia College Hollywood. If you attended a school outside of the U.S., you must contact your school to have your official transcripts sent directly to Columbia College Hollywood. All transcripts must have an official English translation.

4. Write and Submit your Personal Essay

Your Personal Essay is an important part of our admissions decision process. Submit a personal essay of no less than 500 words. Please answer all of the following questions.

BFA Cinema and AFA Cinema-Television Applicants:

BFA Graphic Design + Interactive Media Applicants:

BFA Visual Effects Applicants:

Be sure to give your essay serious thought, and please take special care regarding grammar and spelling.

5. Provide Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation can be submitted by a teacher, counselor, school principal, or other professional who has firsthand knowledge of your interest in the arts.

Recommendations should address your potential as a student at Columbia College Hollywood, your level of commitment, and your personal attributes, such as creativity, motivation, character, and academic achievement.

Recommendations may not come from friends or family members.

Letters of Recommendation may be submitted online HERE or mailed directly to:

Columbia College Hollywood
18618 Oxnard Street
Los Angeles, CA  91356

6. Schedule Your Admissions Interview

If you haven't had your interview already, this is your chance to meet your Admissions Counselor, either in-person or via Skype or Google Hangout. Your Admissions Interview is a great opportunity to express what makes you unique.

Standardized Test & AP Scores

Although we don't require SAT, ACT, IB, or AP scores for admission, there are advantages to submitting your scores prior to your start date. If you present AP and/or IB Standard Level (SL) and/or Higher Level (HL) scores of 3 or better, you will be granted college credit.

Your official AP and/or IB test scores must be sent directly to:
Columbia College Hollywood
Attn: Admissions
18618 Oxnard Street
Los Angeles, CA  91356

Columbia College Hollywood School Codes are:
AP Exams - Code 1247
SAT Exams - Code 1247
ACT Exams - Code 5553

Portfolio & Sample Reels

Program You're Applying To  Portfolio or Sample Reel Required or Preferred?
BFA Cinema Not required
BFA Graphic Design + Interactive Media Preferred - Submit a link or physical media with your application
BFA Visual Effects Preferred - Submit a link or physical media with your application
AFA Cinema-Television Not required

If a portfolio or sample reel of your work is not required, but you wish to send us a link, DVD, or other physical media we will gladly review it. Please note that we cannot return any materials or supporting documentation you send with your application.

Application Deadlines

Quarter You Want to Begin Application Deadline Your Classes Begin
Winter 2018 December 1, 2017 January 16, 2018
Spring 2018 March 23, 2018 April 9, 2018
Summer 2018 June 1, 2018 July 9, 2018
Fall 2018

 Extended Deadline:
June 29, 2018

October 1, 2018

Columbia College Hollywood is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.