Immerse yourself in the technical, theoretical, creative, and business aspects of cinema


The BFA in Cinema educates the whole student with a broad foundation in liberal arts and sciences. Students are exposed to the wider world of thought and ideas. Critical thinking and creative problem solving skills are built alongside an ability to communicate ideas and opinions effectively.

  • Work collaboratively with actors, cinematographers, directors, editors, producers, screenwriters, and sound mixers
  • Develop a foundational understanding of both sides of the camera and the entire film making process
  • Graduate with career ready skills and portfolio


With more than 60 years of experience in Cinema, CCH offers a variety of required and elective classes sure to pique your interest.

Improvisation Techniques

Acting Emphasis

Entertainment Law

Producing Emphasis

Cinematography on Location

Cinematography Emphasis


Screenwriting Emphasis

Casting through Rehearsals

Directing Emphasis

Aesthetics of the Motion Picture Soundtrack

Sound Emphasis


Fall 2021 Quarter
September 13, 2021


First Day of Classes
September 27, 2021


On Campus Or Online

Faculty Spotlight

Ben Sztajnkrycer
professor of cinema
Ben is an accomplished screenwriter. His thriller, “Refuge” is currently in production. He also recently penned a horror script for producer Jeremy Bolt, and is currently working on an adaptation of an acclaimed video game property.
Interested In Learning From Ben?
Kaw (2007)
Kaw productions


CCH believes in the power of learning by doing. Hands on learning is an effective method to increase knowledge retention and engagement. This system also encourages students to exercise their creative muscles while gaining practical experience.

  • Learn on professional equipment
  • Writing, creating, acting, projects right away
  • Personal projects encouraged alongside class assignments
  • Learn and apply concepts in real-time


Building the modern filmmaker. In today’s and tomorrow’s media industry, screenwriters act. Actors produce and direct. Cinematographers edit. A CCH BFA in Cinema gives each student a broad exposure to all disciplines in the cinema world.

  • Learn from instructors with IMDB pages, real industry experience
  • Learn short form (commercial), small screen, and big screen concepts
  • Pre-production, production, and post-production
  • Business of cinema
  • Beyond technical skills, soft skills, professional development

What It Takes

BFA: 3 – 4 years 192 hours

The BFA Cinema program prepares you to start your career in the film, television, and digital media industries. Most importantly, you’ll acquire the skills, experience, and knowledge you need to develop your own projects and create your own career path as a filmmaker and visual storyteller.

The program is designed to accelerate you into your career in as few as 3 years. CCH offers a Career Accelerator Scholarship to help students in this process.

AFA: 1.5 – 2 Years 96 Hours

The AFA Cinema program provides you with hands-on, practical experience with the basic technical, creative, and business elements involved in creating visual content for film and television.

choose an emphasis


Take courses on the fundamentals, including basics of movement, voice, and character development. You’ll learn elements of narrative filmmaking and become a total storyteller, working both in front and behind the camera.

career opportunities

  • Film And Television Actor
  • Stage Actor
  • Voice Actor
  • News Anchor Or TV Host
  • Casting Director

popular classes

  • Movement And Voice
  • Character Development
  • Improvisation Techniques
  • Original Scenes And Material
  • Advanced Scene Study For Camera


Work with directing, writing, and producing students to create short films, documentaries, TV commercials, and music videos. Use real-world techniques and methods in hands-on classes. Learn the vocabulary of professional cinematography, and acquire necessary practical and theoretical skills.

Career Opportunities

  • Director Of Photography
  • Camera Operator
  • Lighting Supervisor
  • Key Grip

popular classes

  • Studio Lighting
  • Camera Foundations
  • The Moving Camera
  • Cinematography On Location


Discover the process of preparing motion and sound footage for distribution. Hone your creativity and expertise using specialized computer hardware, software, and on-set tools. Explore the key components of the post-production process: editing, visual effects editing, sound design, and sound editing.

Career Opportunities

  • Editor
  • Colorist
  • Motion Graphics Editor
  • Post Production Coordinator
  • Digital Imaging Technician

Popular classes

  • Sound Design For Editors
  • Motion Design For Editors
  • Color Grading And Workflow
  • Editing Documentary And Non-Fiction


Learn how to oversee and run a professional film or digital set. Explore the intricacies of the entertainment industry and its practices. Study how to pitch, sell, and manage projects that you can lead to entertainment and distribution platforms.

Career Opportunities

  • Casting Coordinator
  • Show Runner
  • Production Assistant
  • Unit Manager
  • Associate Producer

Popular Classes

  • Project Development
  • Entertainment Law
  • Pre-Production And Production
  • Post Production
  • Marketing And Distribution


Embrace the challenge of providing textual foundation for visual and aural media. Explore your creativity and tell your stories. Develop and write professional screenplays. Understand industry practices such as finding an agent, pitching ideas, submitting scripts, and navigating business deals.

Career Opportunities

  • Script Coordinator
  • Screenwriter
  • Television Staff Writer
  • Development Executive

Popular Classes

  • Structure and Story Building
  • Adaptation
  • Characters
  • Feature Film Writing
  • Television Writing


Build a solid foundation in the art of directing for film, television, and documentaries. Develop skills in script analysis, communicating vision, and guiding crews from pre-production to post production. You’ll use professional equipment and industry-standard tools and techniques in practical, hands-on classes.

Career Opportunities

  • Commercial Director
  • Production Assistant
  • Feature Film Director
  • Music Video Director
  • Field Director

Popular Classes

  • Digital Audio Workstation
  • Aesthetics Of The Soundtrack
  • Sound Design For Visual Media
  • Location Audio
  • Advanced Sound Design


Build a foundation in sound production, recording, and mixing. Learn the complexities of production and post production sound. Discover how to use sound to drive narrative. Explore sound effects and score creation.

Career Opportunities

  • Sound Assistant
  • Boom Operator
  • Foley Artist
  • Audio Visual Technician
  • Production Sound Mixer

Popular Classes

  • Digital Audio Workstation
  • Aesthetics Of The Soundtrack
  • Sound Design For Visual Media
  • Location Audio
  • Advanced Sound Design
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Upon successfully completing the BFA in Cinema, students will be able to:

  1. Implement storytelling form and technique in the cinematic arts, from writing and development through production and post-production.
  2. Make use of the tools and techniques of professional cinema production.
  3. Evaluate works of cinema with regard to cultural influences and historical precedents.
  4. Apply knowledge of business practices, legal standards, and protocols specific to entertainment industries.
  5. Justify plans and decisions as the result of research, consensus building, and critical thinking.

Upon successfully completing the AFA in Cinema, students will be able to:

  1. Apply technical and formal elements of storytelling in cinematic arts.
  2. Make use of foundational tools and techniques of professional cinema production.
  3. Analyze works of cinema with regard to creative merits and cultural dimensions.
  4. Assess the practical needs of a given cinema project from development through post production.
  5. Model established norms and practices for collaboration and communication in professional settings.


Columbia College Hollywood’s Student Services team works diligently with students to provide them with opportunities to gain valuable industry experience.

Development Intern

Apple TV+

Production Intern

The Walt Disney Studios

Post Production Intern


Production Intern

Scott Sternberg Productions


Schemer's Entertainment

Alumni Spotlight

Alan Rosenfeld
Digital Effects Artist
Alan is a thirty year veteran of the CGI/VFX industry having started back in the late 80's in computer graphics. As a computer graphics lighting artist, Alan has worked on many major CGI driven motion pictures.
Interested in a Career Like Alan?
Avatar (2009)
20th Century Fox


Fall 2021 Quarter
September 13, 2021


First Day of Classes
September 27, 2021


On Campus Or Online

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