Our Editing and VFX Emphasis: Frequently Asked Questions From Students Like You

Written By CCH Staff on August 14, 2017

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When you’re trying to find the perfect film production emphasis, a few questions are bound to pop up. Take a look at this list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our incoming students to find out if Columbia College Hollywood is right for you.


1. Can I choose more than one Emphasis for my BFA program?

No, you can only choose one Emphasis, but you’re free to choose from a wide variety of elective courses in other areas.

2. Can I apply for internships with entertainment industry companies while I’m a student?     

Yes! Internships are one of the best ways to build industry relationships and gain practical experience that you’ll be able to include on your resume. Most students can begin applying for Internships that earn college credit in their junior year.

3. How will a liberal arts degree help me in a creative career?

A liberal arts degree program provides a foundation of critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and effective communication skills that best prepare you to be a resilient, agile, lifelong storyteller, ready to build your own future career doing what you love.  

I want to learn about editing and vfx

4. Do I have to audition or submit a portfolio or sample reel with my application?

No, we don’t require auditions, portfolios, or reels to apply to our BFA programs. We believe college is the place to discover your passion, try new things, hone your skills, and develop a body of work to take into the real world after graduation. If you want to submit a web link to a sample of your work with your application, it’s completely optional. 

5. What is the Admissions Review Committee looking for in my application? 

The Committee is looking for a complete application, including your official high school transcripts and all other required documents, submitted on time. When you write your personal essay, express yourself, describe your creative and academic goals, then proofread carefully for grammar and punctuation errors. Ask teachers, counselors, or employers who really know you to write letters of recommendation. Finally, during your admissions interview, let your individuality shine so your Admissions Counselor can see how you’ll contribute something unique to the Columbia College Hollywood community.

6. Can I sit in on a class?

Yes! Contact your Admissions Counselor directly to coordinate a campus visit.

7. Can I visit the campus before applying?

Yes, you can sign up to attend one of our Saturday Open House events or you can arrange for a private tour.

8. How is studying Editing & Visual Effects at Columbia College Hollywood unique?

In our unique BFA program, you’ll get hands-on experience in the whole filmmaking process from preproduction to final cut while you focus on film, visual effects, and sound editing and other key components of the post production process, such as sound design. You’ll become a more complete storyteller as you work with other students who are focusing on acting, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and producing.

9. Will I use professional, industry-standard software for editing and creating visual effects?

Yes! You’ll work on real-world digital editing and visual effects projects in our pro-quality editing suites, all loaded with industry-standard software, like Avid’s Pro Tools and Media Composer, REDCINE-X Pro, the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite including Premiere, and After Effects, Autodesk’s Maya, The Foundry’s Nuke, and Apple’s Final Cut, Compressor, and Motion.

10. Is the software for editing and visual effects provided with the cost of tuition?

Yes. While you’re on campus and in class, you’ll use college-owned Apple Mac Pro computers and Dell PCs, preloaded with all the software you’ll need to complete class projects.

11. What kinds of Visual Effects courses will I be taking?

You’ll choose from a variety of Visual Effects electives, including After Effects, Motion & Compressor, 3D Animation with Maya, Digital Graphics with Illustrator & Flash, and Compositing with NUKE.

12. How soon can I start shooting & editing?

Most Columbia College Hollywood students have a camera in their hands and begin editing during their first quarter on campus.

13. What are my career possibilities after I graduate with an Editing/VFX Emphasis?

Depending on your interests, you may seek opportunities as an assistant editor, colorist, compositor, VFX coordinator, or post production coordinator in areas such as digital imaging, motion graphics, sound effects, or sound design. Most important, the BFA in Cinema with an Editing/VFX Emphasis is designed to provide the practical skills, experience, and knowledge you’ll need create your own entrepreneurial career path in the entertainment industry.


So, is our BFA program right for you?

If you think Columbia College Hollywood is the perfect fit for you, download our Application Checklist. It will walk you through our application process, making the beginning of your journey that much easier.

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CCH Staff

Written by CCH Staff

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.

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