If you have read our blog post "Our High School Summer Program" or visited our High School Summer Program Page, you probably know a little bit about what our program has to offer, but our guess is you still have questions. Even if you (or your student) does get 4 college credits for each program course they take, $1000-$2,000 is a lot of money. How do you know that you are getting your money's worth? How can you know that this is the right decision to make?
We truly believe that our High School Summer Program provides a great opportunity for young filmmakers to explore their interests while gaining applicable skills and getting ahead in their educational careers. That being said we know there are always fears with an investment as big as this. That is why we wanted to provide possible enrollees with a few questions we are frequently asked about the program. Take a look and see if any of your questions can be answered!
What are the goals of the High School Summer Program?We offer courses that give high school students a genuine collegiate film school experience using the same industry-standard equipment, software, and facilities they’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 easy 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?Your tuition covers dorm-style housing, including meals, where you’ll live with other summer program students and like-minded college assistants who share your love of storytelling and the creative arts. If you live nearby, you can take the course without housing at the cost of tuition only.
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 a two-week, intensive college-level experience focused on the fields of film, television, and new media. No prior filmmaking, editing, acting, or screenwriting experience is required. However, as class size is limited, apply early to secure your seat in your 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?Summer program students come to Columbia College Hollywood from high schools all over the U.S. Most students take one or more of our courses during the summer between junior and senior year.
Who are the faculty?Your instructors are Columbia College Hollywood faculty members who are also working 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?Our summer courses are all two-week intensives which means you’ll be up early for breakfast, then in class on campus each weekday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. You’ll have breaks for lunch and just for 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 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.
Ready to apply? Click below to fill out the High School Summer Program Application!