Columbia College Chicago Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (10)
What a great school to attend! I was very happy with the staff and programs Columbia College had to offer me. If I could go back and do it all over again I would! Columbia College opened so many doors for me, I couldn't have asked for a better college experience.
Columbia College Chicago is an institute dedicated to encouraging and celebrating the talents of individuals who do not aspire to fit a specific mold but rather intend on creating his or her own mold in a world that trivializes the arts. It offers a learning environment that is collaborative and without boundaries while being taught by professionals who are still participating in their fields - a fundamental pro that not only provides students with trending knowledge but an advantage that opens doors to internships and other post-grad opportunities ensuring success in all fields. Futhermore, Columbia College Chicago cultivates a bright, welcoming, and inclusive community that inspires its student body to support, uplift, and value one another through partner projects and Manifest Urban Arts Festival - a popular and annual celebration that implements a platform for students to showcase their work. It is a college that will provide you with the necessary tools needed to reach personal, professional, and academic success but more importantly the ability and confidence to be extraordinary.
Take advantage of all the services and special departments. Columbia College has many hidden gems like the Center for Black Music and the Print Shop & the Photography Center. Remember that Chicago is your campus! Go out, listen to music and eat good pizza and make great art.
The Cinema department is fairly excellent, and those of my friends who have pursued employment in the film industry have done well. I left to join to the ASL department, and was not nearly as satisfied. It is a small department, and cattiness is a problem. The method of assessment does not adequately test the skills of the student, and if one fails, they are left with few options and very little guidance. The program itself is good, but students should be prepared for a lack of support by the staff.
You get out of this school what you put in. Network, network, network. Focus as much as you can on specific classes and teachers who can offer you things you want in your future work. It is a place which you can either take the easy way or really put in your own effort and get an amazing arts education.
Columbia College is a great school if you want to live in the middle of big city, and you're seeking a campus filled with diversity. Specifically, if you're in the Advertising program - the staff and faculty are always there to help you and give you real world experiences. If you ask, they are willing to help you find scholarships and internships with great companies. Columbia is also always offering networking opportunities so that you can meet with company representatives as well as other students who you can work with throughout your college career. All of the teachers I met worked or were currently working in the field that they were teaching. Columbia is a great school and the people there are passionate about what they do.
Columbia College is a good art school that has mediocre job placement It certainly makes sure you get the experiences and education you need to pursue your field but it fully expects you to be doing everything you need to outside of class to ensure your future, it's never too soon to start a portfolio and learn how to sell your abilities and worth as an employee or artist
The class sizes were small and it allowed teachers to focus on teaching at a good pace for the class while also being able to help individual students if needed.
Strengths: Outstanding professors, diversity, events Weaknesses: High tuition, not many scholarships available, difficult to find a job in the field
It was a great place to learn. It was a creative environment with small class sizes