Semester in Los Angeles

Are you ready to launch your career in the entertainment industry? The Media School’s Semester in Los Angeles program will provide you with the tools to get started in show business.

Intern and take a semester of Media School classes for credit in the heart of Hollywood. Los Angeles affords students invaluable internship opportunities found nowhere else in the country. If you are looking to gain professional experience in film or television development, production, public relations, advertising, artist management, game design, social media and countless other areas of the entertainment industry, apply for the program, offered fall and spring semester each academic year.

Read blog posts written by students in the program.

Internships

Students are required to work in one internship during their time in LA, and the Semester in Los Angeles staff assists students in finding internship placements in the months leading up to the program. Some students may choose to complete two part-time internships over the semester to fully immerse themselves in what LA has to offer in terms of professional experience.

Past student internships have included: Armor Games, Atlas Entertainment, BLND Public Relations, Captivate Entertainment, Cold Iron Pictures, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Entertainment Fusion Group, Epicenter, FOX Sports, Funny or Die, Immortal Cinema International, Infinity Management International, JST Management, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Magical Elves, Mandeville Films, Monkeypaw Productions, Mosaic, NBCUniversal, Premiere Networks, PRIDE Media, Principato-Young Entertainment, Propagate Content, Route One Entertainment, Safehouse Pictures, Sight Unseen Pictures, The Simpsons, Skybound Entertainment, Studio71, Sumerian Records, zakHill Group, and more.

Academics

The Semester in Los Angeles program offers a full semester of courses taught by our Los Angeles adjunct faculty who are all working media professionals. Students are expected to maintain full-time student status for the duration of the program. Students will take three classes, completed at night (Mon. – Thurs.), in addition to their internships. Classes meet at the historic Raleigh Studios, a working film and television production facility, located across the street from the Paramount Studios lot on Melrose Avenue.

Course offerings for fall 2018:

  • X472 – Media Internship (1-6 cr.)
  • M411 – Media Industries and Cultural Production (3 cr.)
  • D337 – New Media (3 cr.)

Choose between:

  • P470 – LA Production (4 cr.)
  • R429 – Public Relations Campaigns (3 cr.)

Housing

Students will live together in shared, furnished apartments at the Oakwood Toluca Hills by Avalon, located conveniently off the 101 freeway, and directly adjacent to the Warner Brothers and Universal Studios lots. Four students will live in each two-bedroom apartment. Single rooms may be available for a supplemental fee. The cost of parking at the apartment complex is included in the fee, and students will have full use of complex amenities such as swimming pools and gyms.

Costs

Tuition rates are the same as on-campus rates in Bloomington for both in-state and out-of-state tuition. Students will also be responsible for housing costs. Housing rates for spring 2019 are still being negotiated, but will not exceed $6,000 for the semester’s duration.

Students are responsible for their own transportation and personal expenses. Transportation expenses include travel to and from Los Angeles as well as transportation around the city. Most students will choose to rent cars or drive their own cars to LA.

Applications and Program Dates

  • Fall 2018 application
  • Fall 2018 program dates: August 15 – December 15
  • Spring 2019 call out meeting: Thursday, April 5th, 7pm, room FF310
  • Spring 2019 application available: Thursday, April 5th
  • Spring 2019 application closes: Friday, April 27th
  • Spring 2019 candidates notified of acceptance to the program: Friday, May 18th
  • Spring 2019 program dates (tentative): Jan 4 – May 4 

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