A New Era

Flashpoint Chicago is merging with Columbia College Hollywood

February 8, 2018

Dear Flashpoint Community,

A new era has begun at Flashpoint. I’m pleased to announce that after an intensive, three-year process of review by the U.S. Department of Education and approval by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), Flashpoint is merging with Columbia College Hollywood. As of March 20, 2018, our new name will be Flashpoint Chicago, a Campus of Columbia College Hollywood. We’re excited for the new opportunities this partnership creates for our students, faculty, staff, and the greater Chicago community.

Columbia College Hollywood is a regionally accredited, non-profit liberal arts college located in Los Angeles with a 65-year history of educating passionate storytellers. The college’s curriculum fuses creative studies and liberal arts with a focus on film and television production. Columbia College Hollywood is particularly impressed with Flashpoint’s excellent programs in digital media arts and online learning.

The merger of Flashpoint with Columbia College Hollywood is a natural fit, given the similarities the two campuses share. Both institutions foster creative cultures with highly personalized small class sizes that create an outstanding learning environment and a strong sense of community for students and faculty. The campuses have complementary programs that focus on modern learn-by-doing, industry-immersive teaching methodologies in the visual and media arts combined with critical studies in the liberal arts.

As a result of its merger with Columbia College Hollywood, Flashpoint Chicago will be a campus of a non-profit college, regionally accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). For Flashpoint students, the merger provides an elevated degree status and access to Columbia College Hollywood’s relationships with the Los Angeles entertainment industry, including future internship and career opportunities through the combined networks.

As you plan your college journey, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions about our new merger at 312-506-0608. This is an exciting time for the Flashpoint community, and I look forward to a very promising affiliation with Columbia College Hollywood.

Bill Smith, M.Ed.
President & CEO, Columbia College Hollywood

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