Semester in LA

About SILA

Time lapse photo of Los Angeles

Semester in LA

Semester in L.A. (SiLA) is an opportunity for Columbia College Chicago students to experience the business of Hollywood first hand on a studio lot with industry professionals. It is a five-week immersion program in which the student maintains full-time status through an intensive educational experience. The program is multi-disciplinary and includes Cinema Art & Science, Television, Marketing, Journalism, Music, and Arts, Entertainment Media Management students.

Semester in L.A. helps the motivated student rise to the top of an extremely competitive market. Many graduates have gone on to work in production offices, television shows, talent agencies, and film sets.

Faculty & Staff

Instructors during each session include acquisition executives; development producers; production executives; post-production personnel including editors, sound designers and post-production supervisors; story editors; creative producers, entertainment accountants; entertainment attorneys; executive producers; DPs; casting agents; location managers; assistant directors; line producers; screenwriters and many others.

Raleigh Studios

Classes are held on the historic Raleigh Studios lot, which is Hollywood's oldest and longest continually-operated studio.