Columbia College Chicago

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $10,000 — $15,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School


  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Arts and Design, Film Studies, Graphics/Multimedia & Web Design

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall

  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 80 +, IELTS: Band 6.5 +

  • Social Media

Who We Are

Columbia College Chicago is a private, four-year, nonprofit college home to more than 8,000 diverse students from all over the country and world. Our rigorous curriculum blends creative arts with communications, media and business.

Programs of Study

We offer more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Our top five undergraduate programs are:

  • Cinema Art and Science (film)
  • Fashion Business
  • Audio Design and Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Acting

Why You Should Choose Columbia College Chicago

We’ve developed an extensive community of some of the world’s leading artists, communicators and entrepreneurs—faculty, alumni and employers who offer students unparalleled insight and meaningful professional experience. Combine that with our challenging curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, prime location in the heart of Chicago and inclusive learning community, and Columbia’s value is simply unmatched.

Who You Are

Columbia students are creators, artists and performers. At Columbia, you will collaborate with our diverse, welcoming community to create meaningful work. You will experiment, explore, take creative risks and ask tough questions. As a student, you will gain hands-on experience in your field of choice and develop a portfolio of work that will help you launch a successful career doing what you love.

Welcome to Chicago

Our campus is centrally located in downtown Chicago, the third-biggest city in the United States. You will live and learn near world-class arts and media offerings, including:

  • Museums
  • Television and radio stations
  • Theaters
  • Sports organizations
  • Advertising and public relations agencies
  • Studios
  • Festivals
  • Galleries
  • Restaurants

Beautiful Lake Michigan and Grant Park are just steps away, along with kilometers of beaches and paths. Most importantly, our location in the heart of a global city provides you with access to countless professional, educational and cultural opportunities.

Fantastic Facilities

Whatever you choose to study, we’ve got a space for you to master your creativity. You’ll dive into our state-of-the-art facilities dedicated to exploration in areas such as fabrication, printmaking, design, and film and video production. If you’re a performer, you’ll hone your craft on the stages of our centers dedicated to dance, music and theatre.

Our 35,500-square-foot Media Production Center houses two industry-standard soundstages, a motion-capture studio, a fabrication shop, and spaces for lighting, set-making, directing and animation—pretty much everything you’ll need to thrive in a variety of industries and creative environments.

An Inclusive and Diverse Community

We believe that a community that brings together diverse voices and experiences is fertile ground for new ideas and creative practice. We are committed to making our community welcoming to every student.

We celebrate all gender identities and expressions. We encourage students to express their preferred first name and gender identity on their admission application, and we make every effort to honor these expressions.

Support Services for International Students

Our Global Education office offers support and guidance to students during, throughout and after the application process. Reach us anytime via Skype or email at

The International Student Affairs office provides support services once you arrive on campus. This office provides a nurturing and supportive living and learning environment for our international student community through advocacy, services, programming and advising.

Apply to Columbia

To apply and view detailed application instructions,visit We admit on a rolling basis, but we encourage students to apply early.

Required Materials

  • Online application
  • Essay
  • Certified educational records
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • $100 application fee

Recommended Materials

  • Digital portfolio/audition
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Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago IL 60605
P: 312.369.7726
Bachelor Degree
  • Acting (BFA)
  • Advertising
  • Apparel and Textile Design
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Arts and Design
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Recording Arts
  • Education
  • Fashion
  • Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities
  • Internships
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Marketing Research
  • Media and Information Studies
  • Music
  • Music Composition
  • Serious Game Design & Research
  • Studio Art
  • Telecommunication and Media
  • Theatre
  • Video Game Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Film Studies
  • Journalism
  • Music Composition
English Programs
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Intensive English
  • Film Studies
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre
  • Video and Audio Production
  • Video Game Design