In the Acting bachelor’s degree program at Columbia College Chicago, you’ll gain hands-on experience in a diverse range of productions and develop professional skills to help you launch a career in theatre, film, or television.
Understanding advertising theory is good; designing award-winning campaigns for real businesses and clients is better. You’ll do both in Columbia College Chicago’s Advertising BA program. You’ll work with real clients—from local nonprofits to national brands—and finish an internship (or two) in one of the major advertising centers in the country.
Learn how to interpret and analyze art in Columbia College Chicago’s Art History bachelor’s degree program. Our unique approach to art history and theory focuses on diverse and socially engaged fields of study. Under the guidance of a faculty of art historians and artists you’ll study modern and contemporary art as well as design, photography, and architecture, all from a global and multicultural perspective. As an Art History major, you’ll become an experienced researcher and gain a critical understanding of the role of art in society. You’ll write and present original scholarship with your peers and faculty mentors.
As a Cinema Art and Science major, you’ll choose from one of eight concentrations and collaborate with your peers to create thought-provoking films. Each individual brings their own strengths to projects, whether it’s the ability to light a shot perfectly, write a compelling script, or edit the perfect cut. By working closely with a diverse group of students, you’ll gain perspective and learn more about yourself as a filmmaker.
The best directors need equal mastery of leadership, storytelling, and production skills. As a master’s candidate in the Cinema Directing program at Columbia College Chicago, you’ll learn how to craft character-driven narratives, work with producers, lead a crew, and create diverse and authentic films grounded in the human experience. You’ll complete intensive study in screenwriting, and direct your own scripts and those written by others. For your thesis project, you’ll develop and direct a short film.
Today’s digital era needs civic media professionals. Many nonprofit organizations, community groups, government agencies, and corporations are looking for creatives who can use media platforms to reach audiences.
Columbia College Chicago’s MA in Civic Media equips students with a broad range of media skills so they can stimulate community action and transform cities. Join a diverse pool of socially engaged media artists, journalists, civic technologists, information designers, urban planners, entrepreneurs, and civic-minded professionals
Explore comedy across platforms in Columbia College Chicago’s top-ranked Comedy Writing and Performance bachelor’s degree program. With a strong emphasis on writing, the program pushes you to take creative risks and experiment regularly, giving you space to hone your creative voice.
The Communication bachelor’s degree program at Columbia College Chicago provides the foundations for skilled communication practice. Through coursework in collaborative teamwork, leadership, oral, visual, and written communication, multimedia production, storytelling, information analysis, and civic practice, you’ll develop the skills needed to thrive in an evolving media environment.
In the Creative Writing bachelor’s degree program at Columbia College Chicago, you’ll write from day one, immediately discovering your creative process as you craft stories, poems, essays, and hybrid texts.