Creatives thrive at
Flashpoint Chicago

Kick-start your career in film with a school that provides the background you need to succeed—and doesn’t make you wait to start doing what you love. You’ll receive a well-rounded liberal arts education along with a comprehensive education in cinema. You can also choose one of seven emphasis options that aligns with your career goals.

Choose from:
B.F.A. Cinema with emphasis options in

  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Acting
  • Screenwriting
  • Sound

A.A.S. Film 

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Forge your Creative Path

From day one of our cinema program, you’ll be immersed in the craft of filmmaking. You’ll jump right in and immediately get your hands on key equipment used by industry professionals to start creating projects for your portfolio right away.


Earning your BFA with us? Explore your passions and amplify your talents in a specific area with one of our emphasis options.

  • Cinematography – Create moods and enhance storytelling through the mastery of lighting and camera techniques. Learn to shoot in studios and on location, collaborating with fellow students on commercials, films, and more.
  • Directing – Develop skills for directing fiction or documentary film and television, including script analysis, communicating with actors, and guiding crews through every stage of production from pre- to post-production.
  • Editing – Be the one who brings the raw materials of film together to create a finished product. Learn to edit footage, visual effects and sound.
  • Producing – Gain skills for the business of filmmaking, with skills for pitching projects, securing deals, and ensuring creative teams have the resources they need to bring stories to life.
  • Acting – Build skills that enable you to become a storyteller behind and in front of the camera through classes that explore interpretation, voice, movement and character development.
  • Screenwriting – It all begins with a story. Explore your creativity and generate ideas while learning to write professional screenplays for a variety of formats. This emphasis also covers working with agents, pitching stories, submitting spec scripts, and navigating business deals.
  • Sound –Put sound to work in the service of story with professional skills for designing, recording, producing and mixing musical scores and soundtracks, including sound effects.


Our faculty are not just instructors – they’re working professionals who are part of many exciting industry projects. Not only do they have the skills to impart, they also have a real-time sense of the industry and what knowledge is needed to succeed. Our alumni network is vast, and with our location right near the industry center, you can easily take advantage of it.

Career Opportunities

Flashpoint Chicago alumni are working professionals. Many even start while in school as interns. We have alumni working on feature films, commercials, television shows, web series, and more.

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About Flashpoint Chicago

Flashpoint Chicago, a campus of Columbia College Chicago is where visual arts thrive. With campuses in Chicago and Los Angeles, we provide accessible education that fuses creative studies in film, graphic design, visual effects, and interactive media with liberal arts.

We aim to cultivate the talents of our students with our unique learn-by-doing approach. Our programs allow students to immerse themselves in their discipline as well as cross-discipline projects that simulate work for a well-rounded experience. Here they will develop confidence in their abilities and build lifelong connections.

Flashpoint Chicago, a campus of Columbia College Hollywood is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

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