About US



The purpose of Columbia College Chicago's Continuing and Community Education division is to serve as a gateway for anyone who wishes to be engaged in the arts and creative industries, through high-quality and accessible programs that reflect the vibrant and diverse Columbia curriculum. As the provider of community arts education to a growing number of students, we encourage and celebrate sustained engagement with the arts through group classes, Summer and holiday camps, individual music instruction, and pre-college programs for all students, regardless of age, ability, or financial means.



Columbia College Chicago is an undergraduate and graduate institution whose principal commitment is to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity in the arts, communications, and public information within a context of enlightened liberal arts education. Columbia's intent is to educate students who will communicate creatively and shape the public's perceptions of issues and events, and who will author the culture of their times. Columbia is an urban institution whose students reflect the economic, racial, cultural, and educational diversity of contemporary America. Columbia conducts education in close relationship to a vital urban reality and serves an important civic purpose by active engagement in the life and culture of the city of Chicago.