PRE-COLLEGE FILMMAKING IMMERSION FOR CREATIVE HIGH SCHOOLERS
Great filmmakers start with a clear, independent vision, but bringing it to the big screen is all about collaboration, and the Summer at Columbia Filmmaking Immersion is a collaborative and exciting deep dive into the film industry for college-minded high schoolers, led by our award-winning faculty, and offering college credit that can be used toward your degree.
AS A SUMMER AT COLUMBIA STUDENT, YOU WILL
Participate in a program uniquely designed for high school students by our award-winning faculty and staff
Learn directly from leaders in the creative industries
Meet and collaborate with like-minded peers and graduate mentors from around the world
Participate in various industry-specific enrichment activities while exploring the City of Chicago
Gain hands-on classroom experience, while earning college credit that can be used towards your major should you attend Columbia College Chicago in the future
Have the opportunity to live on campus in the vibrant South Loop neighborhood of Chicago.
HANDS-ON INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
During your time with us, you’ll have the opportunity to work with industry-active filmmakers and producers, and create new content with like-minded teens from around the world. After your class, you’ll engage in site visits at such locations as Cinespace Studios (filming location of EMPIRE), Periscope post-production facilities, and the Emmy and Peabody award-winning Kartemquin Films. You’ll also participate in screenings and Q&A sessions on and off-campus, and get the opportunity to explore the City of Chicago.
YOUR freshman level FILMMAKING COURSE
During your three weeks in the Summer at Columbia program, you’ll achieve the learning outcomes and credits for the Cinema Image and Process course in our Cinema and Television Arts Department. This is a highly collaborative, hands-on course that requires students to work throughout campus and the City of Chicago, capturing footage that will be used in creating group and individual projects.
This is a fully accredited, three-credit hour course, and is a requirement of all Filmmaking students at Columbia College Chicago. Summer at Columbia students who pass this course and matriculate to Columbia are not required to take Cinema Image and Process as undergraduates.
About YOUR Faculty Mentor
Sue Mroz is a Professor of Instruction in Cinema and Television Arts, focusing on Screenwriting and Directing.
Prior to joining Columbia College Chicago, she was a Program Director of the Chicago International Film Festival and worked as an actor and filmmaker with Wild Life Theater and Rococo Rodeo. Her short film, The Scary Ham, based on the story by Ellen Klages, has been screened at thirty film festivals, and won Best Narrative Short at the Southern Colorado Film Festival. She is currently working on completing the short documentary Gene and Jane, and the experimental essay film There Was No Proof. She has an MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College, and is currently a student in the Jungian Studies Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. In 2011, Sue received the Excellence in Teaching Award for full-time faculty.
CINEMA AND TELEVISION ARTS Alumni
Columbia College Chicago’s Cinema and Television Arts (CTVA) Department has produced many successful alumni. These alumni find work in the industry right out of college, and some have won Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes.
CTVA Alumni highlights
Here is a small sample of Columbia College Chicago alumni success stories:
Ayanna Floyd MFA ’98 was coexecutive producer for the TV shows Empire and Falling Skies, and has writing credits on episodes of Empire, The Chi, Falling Skies, and Private Practice.
Christian Sprenger ’07 is the Emmy Award-winning cinematographer for the TV shows Atlanta, GLOW, Baskets, and Last Man on Earth.
Lena Waithe ’06 is an Emmy Award-winning writer, actress, and producer of shows and films such as Dear White People, Bones, Master of None, and The Chi, and was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2018.
Annick Wokan ’05 is an associate producer for the award-winning TV show Game of Thrones.