Semester in LA

Deadlines & Eligibility

students eager to learn Photo by Drew Reynolds ('97)

Application Deadlines

J-Term Semester 2014: October 18
Late Deadline: November 22*

Spring Semester 2014: October 18
Late Deadline: November 22*

Summer Semester 2014: March 21
Late Deadline: April 18*

Fall Semester 2014: March 21
Late Deadline: April 18*

*Late applications will be reviewed based on seat availability.

**To apply to the acting program, you must contact the instructor Jason Buyer at jbuyer@colum.edu. Do not fill out an application before talking to Jason.

Eligibility

The ideal student for the Semester in L.A. program is focused on a career in the entertainment industry. All interested students should attend a general Information Session / Open House, as requirements and prerequisites vary according to area of interest. Acceptance into the program is by application only.

While the courses offered in the Producing sessions are from the producing curriculum, all Columbia College students are eligible regardless of concentration or major. Graduate students, students from other departments, and alumni are also encouraged to apply. The classes have no other prerequisites other than the following requirements.

All applicants must meet these minimum requirements:
  • 80 credit hours with a 3.00 GPA
  • completion of departmental core curriculum or departmental approval
  • significant progress in completing general education requirements
  • application with essay
Acceptance to the program is conditional. Milestones include but are not limited to:
  • proof of health insurance
  • clearance of all restrictions to registration
  • academic self-audit
  • attend orientation session(s)

Requirements For Acceptance

  • Failure to submit a complete application that contains all the required documents may result in your NOT being accepted to the program.
  • You should complete an academic audit on OASIS before applying for SILA.
  • If you plan on graduating from the program, you must apply for graduation at the time of application.
  • Attach a brief (1-2 pages) essay. Think about this essay as a pitch: pitch your life and who you are in two pages or less. Focus on three things we should know about you. Describe what you hope to get out of the program and what your career goals are. Please note: You should not describe how wonderful the program is. We are trying to find out about you as a person, your maturity and your goals. This material should exhibit your ability to present material professionally and should also give some indication of your creative side. Proofread your work.
  • Attach a brief resume.
  • Do not use family members as references.
  • You Must include at least one Columbia faculty/adjunct faculty member as a reference.
  • Make sure you state which section, term and year you wish to attend.
  • You must submit separate applications if you are applying to more than one session.
  • After reviewing the application, we may schedule an interview for those candidates who qualify.
  • If you are NOT accepted you will be notified and you may reapply for a later date.
  • If you are accepted you will need to register during registration period. It is your responsibility to clear any restrictions prior to registration. EARLY REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.
  • Make sure to meet with your Internship Coordinator prior to course registration.



Specific Program Requirements

Producing

While the courses offered in the Producing sessions are from the Producing Curriculum, ALL Columbia College students are eligible regardless of concentration or major assuming all prerequisites are filled.

The Producing Program is accepting a limited number of exceptional students who have completed Production II but otherwise have not completed the above requirements with respect to credit hours and completion of general education requirements.

Prerequisites:
  • Permission of Department

Screenwriting

Prerequisites:
  • Screenwriting II (B or better)
  • Permission of the Screenwriting Coordinator

Comedy Writing for Television

Prerequisites:
  • Television Producer (40-2201)
  • Writing for Television (40-2202)
  • Acceptance in the Semester in LA program

Drama Writing for Television

Prerequisites:
  • Television Producer (40-2201)
  • Writing for Television (40-2202)
  • Acceptance in the Semester in LA program

Adaptation

Prerequisites:
  • Permission of Department

Directing

Prerequisites:
  • Completion of Directing II or waiver by Coordinator, Semester in L.A.