Columbia College Chicago Named In Top 25 Film Schools By The Hollywood Reporter



 Largest private arts and media college in North America recognized for second consecutive year

CHICAGO (Aug. 5, 2013) – The Aug. 9 edition of The Hollywood Reporter, the preeminent film industry publication, honors  Columbia College Chicago as one of the top 25 film schools for the second consecutive year, this year at  number 14. Aided by industry insiders, The Hollywood Reporter evaluated the world’s most prestigious film programs for the 2013 list.

“Columbia College Chicago educates some of the top creative practitioners and thought leaders in the entertainment industry,” said Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, president and CEO of Columbia College Chicago. “We are pleased to be recognized again this year along with an esteemed group of institutions and industry leaders.”

Columbia College Chicago, the country’s largest private arts and media college, is an urban institution with accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technical facilities and a cross-disciplinary, hands-on curriculum.

 Based in the downtown South Loop of Chicago, Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College has evolved over more than four decades into a world-class program, providing students with opportunities to work in such varied locales as Chicago, Los Angeles and Florence, Italy, among other locations within its curriculum.

Taught by industry professionals, Columbia College’s Semester in L.A. program is held year round on the lot of Raleigh Studios to immerse students from across disciplines into the industry and is adept at preparing students for industry careers and connecting them with leaders in entertainment. More than 75 percent of the Semester in L.A. students secure internships or jobs.

Earlier this year, the department’s animation concentration was ranked with the Interactive Arts and Media Department as number 8 in Animation Career Review’s list of the “Top 100 US Schools for Animation and Game Design.”

Notable alumni include Oscar-winning cinematographers Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan) and Mauro Fiore (Avatar); industry leaders like Len Amato, president of HBO Films, Hal Haenal, senior vice president of studio operations at Fox Studios; Diane Weyermann, Executive Vice President Documentary Films, Participant Media (Executive Producer, Academy Award Winner An Inconvenient Truth); and Producer/Director team Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. (Men of Honor and the Barbershop franchise).

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 Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts for nearly 11,000 students in 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For further information, visit


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