Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business. Dedicated to academic excellence and long-term career success, Columbia College Chicago creates a dynamic, challenging, and collaborative space for students who experience the world through a creative lens.

With more than 96,000 alumni, our network is among the largest of any arts and media college in the world.

The city is our campus and a major part of student life at Columbia. Chicago is our laboratory and our playground, and our students explore and sink their teeth into the vast cultural and professional opportunities that abound in this world-class city.

Columbia offers undergraduate and graduate programs in fine and performing arts and media arts as well as business and entrepreneurship.



Four-year undergraduate programs
Two-year MFA degrees, with part-time options available

current faculty

Dawoud Bey, Kelli Connell, Paul D’Amato, Greg Foster-Rice, Judy Natal, Ross Sawyers, Jay Wolke, Mel Potter, Fo Wilson, Paul Catanese, Adam Brooks, Duncan MacKenzie, Amy Mooney, Joan Giroux, Taylor Hokanson, Friedhard Kiekeben, Anna Kunz, Annika Marie, Debra Parr, Ivan Brunetti, CM Burroughs, Wenhwa Ts’ao, Jim DeRogatis

notable alumni

EJ Hill, Jeremiah Barber, Emanuel Aguilar, Natalie Krick, Kai Caemmerer, Clarissa Bonet, Jess Dugan, Don’t Fret, Jamiillah James, Rashid Johnson, Lena Waithe, Aidy Bryant, Len Amato, Mauro Fiore, Michael Goi, Jeffrey Jur, Janusz Kaminski, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Ozier Muhammad