Semester in LA

Schedule

If accepted into the program, you will be informed on the registration process for your particular program.

Summer 2015

Directing (May 26th - June 26th)
Meet big name directors in an informal setting and learn as they explain their techniques. Learn from a variety of professional directors whose box office values total in the billions, as well as low budget independent directors. Taught by Chris Leitch. Contact Semester in LA at semesterinla@colum.edu  or 323.960.8020.

Fashion Studies: Styling and Costume for Media, TV, Film & Entertainment (May 26th - June 26th)
Learn the research techniques, budget process, software, and resources that serve as a foundation for styling and costuming in LA.  Explore employment opportunities in the various Media and Entertainment industries.  Hear from working professionals in the field.  Complete a professional portfolio for design and/or supervision and pitch your projects to working directors. Taught by Maria Lorenzana. Contact Dana Connell, dconnell@colum.edu or 312-369-6282.

Music Composition Graduate (TBD)
Create your own soundtrack to a three minute cut from a recent film. Receive feedback and advice from industry musicians and composers. Then, have your score recorded by a 30 piece professional orchestra. Contact Ilya Levinson at ilevinson@colum.edu or 312.369.6188.

Acting (TBD)
This course is designed to give students a practical and applicable experience toward pursuing a career as a film or television actor in Los Angeles. Classes will consist of lectures, demonstrations, off campus field trips, and performance with some of the best agents, managers, and casting directors in the business. Contact Jason Buyer at mtaemail@gmail.com

Producing (June 29th - July 31st)
Learn the ins and outs of the studio system, from optioning material to distribution, with over fifty different industry guest speakers. Track industry trends while developing your own project for a pitch meeting with industry executives. Taught by Van Spurgeon, Jon Katzman, Chris Edmonds, and Ron Taylor. Contact Semester in LA Producing at semesterinla@colum.edu or 323.960.8020.

Transmedia & Cross-Platform Development (June 29th - July 31st)
This Semester in LA session offered by the School of Media Arts, will bring students from various disciplines together to create material designed to be produced in the film, television, and the gaming industries. Each student will develop an Intellectual Property (IP) Bible for an original concept or previously undeveloped intellectual property, with the goal to create platform appropriate materials for film, a television series, and a game. Taught by Richie Solomon and Joe Chambers. Contact Michael Niederman at mniederman@colum.edu or 312.369.7277.

Editing & Post Production (August 3rd - August 8th)
This course offers students the opportunity to explore career paths in Post Production Hollywood. Students will meet Post professionals and receive tours of post facilities in a variety of forms, acquainting them with the steps for transitioning from academic life to a professional one. Employment opportunities (internships as well as full-time paid postions) will be emphasized during the week of classes, during which students will submit a paper detailing their overall experience and a self-assessment based on feedback given throughout the course. Contact Bonita Winer at bwiner@colum.edu


Fall 2015

Producing (September 8th - October 9th)
Learn the ins and outs of the studio system, from optioning material to distribution, with over fifty different industry guest speakers. Track industry trends while developing your own project for a pitch meeting with industry executives. Taught by Van Spurgeon, Jon Katzman, Chris Edmonds, and Ron Taylor. Contact Semester in LA Producing at semesterinla@colum.edu or 323.960.8020.

Screenwriting (September 8th - October 9th)
Complete a feature length screenplay in five weeks. Meet with professional screenwriters, agents, and managers and get advice on how to best hone your craft. Learn to read and write coverage, a staple for entry level positions and for analyzing material in Hollywood. Pitch your finished script to agents and managers looking for the next hot writer. Taught by Marc Sedaka & Van Spurgeon. Contact Semester in LA at semesterinla@colum.edu or 323.960.8020.