Columbia College Hollywood


Columbia College Hollywood is built on a foundation of hands-on teaching and learning. We believe the best way to prepare you for the opportunities that lie ahead is to foster a campus culture that reflects the real world. That’s why our programs encourage creative collaboration across disciplines.

From day one, you’ll multi-task as you try out and try on new roles and unfamiliar technologies involved in the making of creative media content. Our faculty of experienced, award-winning filmmakers, technicians, artists, and mentors use their expertise to engage you with innovative teaching methods in interactive classroom environments.

Why Choose Us?

For Filmmakers

Columbia College Hollywood is the college for filmmakers where you’ll learn all aspects of filmmaking. Our degree programs immerse you in the full range of creative, technical, and business skills necessary to navigate the limitless entrepreneurial opportunities in a competitive industry. We give you access to the core of the movie industry with internships, employment opportunities, professional equipment, and real-world experience.

With Filmmakers

You’ll work with professional filmmakers who share your passion and connect you first-hand with the craft and business of the film industry. Courses are designed to balance practical hands-on instruction with principle and theory so you’ll have the skills and knowledge to realize your personal vision.

Industry Access

You’ll study filmmaking in Los Angeles, the center of the entertainment industry. You’ll have access to industry leaders, from your instructors in the classroom to working professional guest speakers. Internships will give you real-world experience that you can take into the job market after graduation.

Equipment and Facilities

You’ll have access to professional equipment and facilities that include permanent shooting sets, separate film, and television soundstages, digital editing suites, and a high definition surround sound theater to showcase your work. Our film and digital camera inventory are constantly updated to include the professional equipment currently used by working professionals.

Mission Statement

Columbia College Hollywood educates students in the art and science of communications and the diverse media of contemporary storytelling within an exploration of the liberal arts. Our rigorous course of study and practice prepares graduates to be analytical thinkers and effective communicators who are creative, knowledgeable, and responsible contributors to advancing a curious, thoughtful, and compassionate global community.


Columbia College Hollywood is committed to fostering a learning community that promotes creativity, innovation, and growth through education, collaboration, and a common love of the entertainment arts. We seek to provide a challenging liberal arts experience that prepares students for citizenship in the global community by providing:
  • Curricula enriched with hands-on learning experiences that reflect the real world of the entertainment industry.
  • Project-based coursework requires students to work in teams to learn all aspects of the filmmaking process.
  • An inspiring faculty of entertainment industry professionals with the experience to help students unleash their creative potential.
  • An intimate educational environment that encourages each student to take the risks necessary to develop a unique artistic vision and voice.
  • Opportunities for professional access and continued learning through entertainment industry relationships to help graduates build a foundation for creative and professional success.


For over 65 years, Columbia College Hollywood has provided a hands-on education in the art & craft of film and television production.

Columbia College Hollywood was originally established in 1952 in the MacArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles as a branch campus of Columbia College in Chicago. The curriculum was designed to focus on the burgeoning television and radio industries and featured a faculty made up of working television and radio professionals. In 1959, Columbia College Hollywood separated from the Chicago institution to operate as an independent, private, nonprofit college.
During the 1960s, as the entertainment industry grew and changed, the college established a cinema department with a dual focus on film and television. To serve its expanding curricula and student population, the college moved to a new campus on Las Palmas Avenue in central Hollywood in 1970.

In 1997, Columbia College Hollywood established its current campus in the historic, former world headquarters of Panavision, the foremost designer, and manufacturer of the finest cameras and lenses for the film and television industries. The college is now centrally located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, providing students and faculty access to all major film and television studios in the Los Angeles area.

Student Life

Whether you dream of creating content for the big screen, small screen, game console, or stage, presenting your creative vision in the real world or the virtual world, or establishing your place as an industry leader or master of your craft, we’ve created a campus culture designed to empower you to invent, shape, craft, and refine your personal artistic brand and prepare you to find your own place in the infinite, entrepreneurial world of global media creation.


Los Angeles

Oxnard Street
18618 Los Angeles, California, USA

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