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?
What is the typical class size?
What kind of housing and meals can I expect?
How do you select students?
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?
Who are the faculty?
Is there a graduation performance at the end of my course?
What is the schedule like?
What do I do when I’m not in class?
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.
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.