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High School Summer Program FAQ

If you’ve visited our High School Summer Program Page, you probably know a little bit about what our program has to offer.  We know a program like this is a big investment of time, money, and creative energy.  If you or your parents have questions, we may be able to answer them here.

What are the goals of the High School Summer Program?

These courses are designed to give you a genuine collegiate film school experience using the same industry-standard film production equipment, software, and facilities you’ll use in college and beyond.

What is the typical class size?

Every class size is limited to give you plenty of individual attention and access to the space, equipment, and facilities you’ll need to explore your personal creative vision. Our typical faculty-to-student ratio is one faculty member for every 10 students.

What kind of housing and meals can I expect?

If you need college housing, your tuition rate covers housing and all of your meals. You’ll live with other summer program students and like-minded college resident assistants who share your love of storytelling and the creative arts. If you live nearby, you can take courses without housing at a course tuition only rate.

How do you select students?

Columbia College Hollywood welcomes summer program applications from all currently enrolled high school students with a passion for visual and entertainment media, who are looking for an intensive, two-week  college-level experience focused on digital filmmaking, acting, editing, visual effects, or acting. No prior filmmaking, editing, acting, or screenwriting experience is required.  Class size is limited, so we suggest applying early to secure your seat in your preferred course.

Columbia College Hollywood does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability in admissions and/or all other institutional policies.

Who will my classmates be?

High School Summer Program students come from high schools all over the U.S.  Most students take one, two, or three High School Summer Program courses during the summer between their junior and senior year.

Who are the faculty?

Your instructors are Columbia College Hollywood faculty members who are also working entertainment industry professionals.

Is there a graduation performance at the end of my course?

At the end of your two-week course, we host a graduation day for you and your crewmates, cast mates, co-writers, collaborators, and family members where we’ll celebrate by screening your work in our 4K surround sound theater.

What is the schedule like?

High School Summer courses are all two-week intensives. That means you’ll be up early for breakfast, then in class on campus each weekday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. You’ll have breaks for lunch and for just hanging out with new friends. On weekends, you’ll take field trips to Hollywood studios and production companies that are all within easy driving distance of our campus.

What do I do when I’m not in class?

Eat, study, play. We want your summer program to give you a taste of the Columbia College Hollywood experience, so when you’re not on campus, you’ll want to study, write, collaborate, and rehearse with friends – then take a break. Go to the movies or the nearby mall. Take advantage of field trips and meet-&-greets with special film industry guests. You’ll never have so much fun working so hard.

Can I receive college credit for completing the course?

If you successfully complete the course, you’ll earn 4 college credits. That’s equivalent to one regular 11-week Columbia College Hollywood course. When you’re ready for college, if you’re accepted into Columbia College Hollywood, those credits will fulfill one elective course requirement. As with any college course credit, if you choose to attend a different college or university, acceptance of the credits you earn for successful completion of your summer program course here is at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.

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2018 Courses


Experience the art of storytelling as a performer. This is an immersive introduction to the fundamental skills every aspiring professional actor must master. You’ll be challenged in a whole new way with college-level acting studies in movement, voice, characterization, script interpretation, and improvisation.

Digital Film Production

Learn how to express your personal creative vision by producing your own digital film. You’ll experience the unique collaborative nature of digital storytelling as you produce an original short film using our industry standard gear, shooting facilities, and editing suites. At the end of the course, you’ll get to screen your film for your Columbia College Hollywood friends and family in our hi-def surround-sound theatre.

Advanced Digital Film Production Prerequisite Course: Digital Film Production

After you complete Digital Film Production, this course is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the post-production details that create a polished short film, including enhanced sound, titles, and graphics. You’ll also learn how to use marketing tools to optimize digital viewership and grow an online audience.


Learn to create a visual mood using a wide array of industry-standard lighting and camera equipment with individualized guidance from an experienced, professional Hollywood cinematographer. This is an immersive, hands-on course in which you’ll experience the real-world skills required to light and shoot digital films.


Discover what it takes to write professional-quality screenplays that are sought after by Hollywood producers, agents, and studio executives. You’ll delve into story structure and character development as you learn how to create memorable dialog, direct action with words, and convey your unique screen vision to your first audience: the reader. This an immersive, college-level course taught by an experienced Hollywood screenwriter.


Add new skills to your digital storytelling arsenal with this hands-on introduction to editing. You’ll learn the fundamentals of editing and creating new digital content for films and new media productions using the same industry-standard gear and software used by professional digital artists. You’ll work in our pro-quality digital editing suites guided by experienced, professional editors and visual effects artists.


The Visual Effects Course emphasizes Visual Effects asset creation & compositing using skills drawn from the fields of photography, compositing, video, film, and animation. At the conclusion of the course, students will present a Visual Effects project that they have created using methods learned in the class and present this project on the final day during a showcase for family and friends. Students should also be able to use their finished project to get internships at Visual Effects houses.


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This blog is a collaborative effort by CCH staff and administration who want to share their knowledge with the film school community and prospective students.

Columbia College Hollywood is excited to announce TWO new scholarships! Receive awards of up to $5,000 for the 2021 Summer Scholarship for Storytellers and up to $18,950 for the CCH Career Accelerator Scholarship.

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