Columbia College Chicago

Summer at Columbia Immersion Programs

July 10 - July 28, 2017

I want to live on campus...

If you'd like to live on campus while earning college credit, Summer at Columbia offers two distinct Residential Immersion programs: Entrepreneurship for Creatives and Filmmaking.

In addition to earning three credit hours towards your major, you will also receive:

2017 Residential Immersion Programs

Summer at Columbia's Residential Immersion Program is an industry-specific program that offers you an opportunity to live and work with high-achieving, like-minded peers, while gaining a comprehensive understanding of the creative industries and gaining transferable college credit. The program includes plenty of time for study, staff-led exploration of the City of Chicago, and many opportunities for cross-curricular collaboration.

These all-inclusive programs are led by fully-vetted, department-specific Faculty Mentors. Each program cohort is strictly limited to 25 students.

*Registration for the 2017 Summer at Columbia program is now closed. All confirmed attendees will receive a detailed schedule of all activities and contact hours prior to the July 10 start date.


Working around the curriculum for the Entertainment Marketing course within the Business and Entrepreneurship Department, students in this immersion will experience a deep dive into branding, marketing, and audience, as it relates to the entertainment industry and entrepreneurship. Working collaboratively, and in various locations throughout the City of Chicago, students will explore such topics as brands and branding, the business of entertainment, marketing and the entertainment “product,” audience research, the legal aspects of branding, traditional and modern promotion, and the construction and analysis of marketing plans. In exploring these topics, students will be introduced to a wide array of guest professionals and organizations, and explore multiple Chicago destinations through the lens of marketing and entrepreneurship. The program culminates in the public presentation of student-created marketing plans, under the mentorship of faculty member Clayton Smith.

About the Faculty Mentor:

Clayton Smith is a digital marketing professional, writer, and entrepreneur with a great passion for live and performing arts. He has extensive experience in social media marketing and communications, having managed social strategies and platforms for brands like Ticketmaster, NFL, NHL, NBA, and New York Yankees. In addition to teaching, Smith runs a self-publishing services company called Dapper Press.

Clayton is a published author and a regular contributor to several digital publications, including the popular Dumb White Husband blog.


Great filmmakers start with a clear, independent vision, but bringing it to the big screen is all about collaboration, and the Filmmaking Immersion is a collaborative and exciting dive into the film industry. Participants will attend a live set during production, and have the opportunity to meet and learn about film festival strategies from programmers at the Chicago International Film Office. Site visits will include the Illinois Film Office, Cinespace Studios, Periscope post-production facilities, the new think tank Studio 18, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning Kartemquin Films, and Chicago’s oldest sound stages at Chicago Studio City.

Students will also participate in their own collaborative filmmaking project, and attend an outdoor screening at the Millennium Park Summer Film Series. By participating in this residential experience, students will achieve the learning outcomes and credits for the Acting & Directing Workshop course in the Cinema Art and Science Department.

The Hollywood Reporter ranked Columbia College Chicago's film school as one of the top 25 in the country in 2016.

About the Faculty Mentor:

DeAnna "De" Cooper is an award-winning producer with over 20 years of experience in the film industry, including serving as a senior executive at Twenty Century Fox Studios and New Line Cinemas. She works in both Los Angeles and Chicago and has produced seven independent films and two award-winning commercials, including a 2015 Emmy winner. As a studio executive, De generated title-specific estimates on films like Titanic, X-Men and Ice Age, handling financial modeling, contract negotiations, marketing, and estimate analysis for both in-house productions and acquisitions. De is a founding member and president of Elston Films.