Our Sound 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 audio 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.  

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.

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8. How is your BFA with a Sound Emphasis different from an audio engineering or recording arts program?

Most audio engineering or recording arts programs have a narrow focus on music production and audio engineering. In our unique BFA program, you’ll learn all aspects of the the filmmaking process while you focus on the complexities of location recording and audio post production for film, video, and digital content.

9. What professional skills will I learn in the Sound Emphasis?

You’ll learn the entire audio process from start to finish, including how to capture sound and dialogue on set and on location, design sound effects, edit dialogue, music, and sound effects, replace dialogue, and mix to picture in surround. Through real-world projects, using professional field recording and recording studio equipment, you’ll learn the skills for every phase of the production process as a sound mixer, boom operator, editor, and mixer.

10. Will I use professional, industry-standard equipment, software, and facilities?

Will I use professional, industry-standard equipment, software, and facilities? Yes! Our recording studio and editing suites are equipped with industry-standard professional hardware and software from Avid, Adobe, Apple, Genelec, Focusrite, and other leading manufacturers.

Our equipment room is also fully stocked with current, professional-quality, industry-standard film cameras, digital cameras, and grip, lighting, and sound equipment, all available for you to check out and use on your film productions and hands-on coursework. You’ll shoot on our standing sets, on a professional-quality soundstage, and in front of our green screen. You’ll edit your films in fully equipped, pro level post production suites and screen your work in our HD surround sound theaters.

11. Will I use professional, industry-standard equipment, software, and facilities?

The BFA in Cinema with a Sound Emphasis is designed to provide the essential and practical skills, experience, and knowledge you’ll need create your own career path in the entertainment industry. Depending on your interests, you could start your career as an Audio Recordist, Production Sound Mixer, Sound Designer, Sound Effects Editor, Dialogue Editor, Music Editor, Boom Operator, or Re-recording Mixer.


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

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