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 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.

Internships

The Semester in Los Angeles staff assists students in finding internship placements during the program. Students are encouraged to work in two part-time internships over the course of the semester to fully experience what LA has to offer in terms of professional experience.

Internship sites may include:

  • Warner Brothers
  • William Morris Endeavor
  • Ubisoft
  • The Ellen Show
  • E! Entertainment Television
  • NBCUniversal
  • Funny or Die

Academics

The Semester in Los Angeles program offers a full semester of credits. Students are expected to maintain full-time student status for the duration of the program. Students will take three classes, completed at night, in addition to their internships.

Course offerings for spring 2018:

  • X472 – Media Internship (3-6 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 apartments in Park La Brea, a gated apartment complex in LA’s Miracle Mile district.

Four students will live in each two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. Single rooms may be available for a supplemental fee.

Apartments come furnished with beds, dressers, common room furniture and a shared kitchen. Students will have access to all apartment complex amenities: swimming pools, gym, laundry facilities, etc.

Board is not included in housing costs, but Park La Brea is located within walking distance of many restaurants and grocery stores.

The cost of parking at Park La Brea is included in the fee.

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 are still being negotiated, but they will not exceed $4,500 for spring 2018.

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.

Semester in Los Angeles offers employment opportunities for two students to serve as resident assistants for a scholarship. RAs will assist with check-in/check-out of Park La Brea, assist with equipment management for the production class and complete light office work. Applications will be made available once students are accepted to the program.  

Applications and Program Dates

  • Spring 2018 application deadline: Closed
  • Spring 2018 program dates: Early January to late April
  • Fall 2018 informational call-out meeting: Jan. 17
  • Fall 2018 application opens: Jan. 18
  • Fall 2018 application deadline: Feb. 9
  • Fall 2018 program dates: Late August to early December

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