Columbia College Chicago - Master's Degree

Columbia College Chicago is the host institution of several affiliated educational, cultural, and research organizations, including the Center for Black Music Research, the Center for Book and Paper Arts, the Center for Community Arts Partnerships, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, etc.

  • Average Tuition USD 41,850

School Description

Columbia College Chicago was founded in 1890 as the Columbia School of Oratory by Mary A. Blood and Ida Morey Riley. The school ran as a sole proprietary business from 1890 to 1904 when the school became incorporated by the state of Illinois. On May 5, 1904, the school incorporated itself again in order to change its name to the Columbia College of Expression, adding coursework in teaching to the curriculum. Notable alumni include Scott Adsit, an actor on 30 Rock, and Len Amato, president of HBO Films.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.00
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 72
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 5.50


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    Established in 1890


    In 2013, Animation Career Review ranked Columbia College Chicago as the Midwest's Top Animation and Game Design School.

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    600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, United States

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      • Testimony
        1981-1986, BS in Broadcast Communications / Broadcast Journalism

        Connected with passionate industry professionalsYou're engaged and involved, … I got my hands dirty with every project, which helped me develop my technical skills and meld them with writing / journalism. I would do this again in a heartbeat.

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        1984-1989, BA in Graphic Design & Illustration

        Great when I went, better now!I'm a 1988 alumnus, and beyond the layout and design training I received (which was fantastic) the real world focus that the faculty brought to our studies has carried me through all the years of my career. Both my daughters plan on attending and CCC has only gotten better!

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        1988-1993, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies Fiction Writing and Radio Broadcasting

        I love this schoolI am a graduate of the Fiction Writing Department and everything that I learned I've been able to apply in my writing career.