Semester in LA

Schedule

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

Fall 2014

Producing (September 3rd - October 4th)
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 Jon Katzman. Contact Semester in LA Producing at semesterinla@colum.edu or 323.960.8020.

Screenwriting (September 3rd - October 4th)
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. Contact Semester in LA at semesterinla@colum.edu or 323.960.8020.

Journalism (October 6th - November 7th)
Graduate and Undergraduate journalism students who want a career in covering the entertainment industries — music, movies and television, and new media — will get an immersion course in this speciality. Students will simulate real wold exprience by interviewing and reporting on different media. In six weeks students will create increasingly sophisticated work concerning the entertainment industries including business, marketing, legal affairs, online challenges, key behind-the-scene players, and celebrities. Students will prepare themselves for top internships by creating professional daily and feature articles drawing upon their unique experiences while enrolled in the Semester in LA program. Taught by top industry professionals based on availability in an intimate seminar environment. Contact Nancy Day at nday@colum.edu 

J Term 2015

Animation (January 12th - January 17th)
A five day intensive J-Term course in which every day, students visit a different animation studio and learn how each different company approaches the production of animation, from story to delivery. Students have a chance to show their animation work to professional animators and potential employers. Contact Ron Fletcher at rfleischer@colum.edu

Scoring for Film (January 14th - January 25th)
Create your own soundtrack to a cut from a recent film. Receive feedback and advice from industry musicians and composers. Then, have a 2 minute clip of your score recorded by a 30 piece professional orchestra. Contact Ilya Levinson at ilevinson@colum.edu or 312.369.6188.

Acting (January 11th - January 22nd)
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

Spring 2015

Screenwriting (January 26th - February 27th)
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 and Van Spurgeon. Contact Semester in LA at semesterinla@colum.edu or 323.960.8020.

Producing (January 26th - February 27th)
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 at semesterinla@colum.edu or 323.960.8020.

Entertainment Marketing (March 2nd - April 3rd)
Everyone knows the real work begins after the film is in the can. Learn what it takes to sell a project to the public. Put together your own marketing/public relations campaign and present it to industry executives. Taught by Susan Wrenn, Damian Pelliccione, and Kim Woods. Contact Craig Sigele at csigele@colum.edu or 312.369.6843.

Drama Writing for Television (March 2nd - April 3rd)
Learn the format, structure, and secrets of a great script from successful writers from your favorite dramas. Complete a one hour drama script and pitch it to industry professionals. Taught by Morgan Gendel & Ron Taylor. Contact Michael Niederman at mniederman@colum.edu or 312.369.7277.

Graduate Producing (March 23rd - May 15th)
Learn the ins and outs of the studio system, from developing, to financing, to production, to distribution. Learn from a multitude of industry professionals, while preparing your own material. Taught by top industry professionals based upon their availabiities. Contact Jon Katzman at semesterinla@colum.edu or 323.960.8020.

Comedy Writing for Television (April 6th - May 8th)
Learn from working writers, producers, and other speakers on every aspect of what it takes to write a funny and successful Sit-Com "Spec". Apply that knowledge immediately by writing your own spec script in a simulated professional writers' room. Taught by Bill Bickley. Contact Michael Niederman at mniederman@colum.edu or 312.369.8524.

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.

Music Composition Undergraduate (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. Taught by Craig Garfinkle and Mark Watters. Contact Ilya Levinson at ilevinson@colum.edu or 312.369.6188.

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.

Journalism (October 12th - November 13th)
Graduate and Undergraduate journalism students who want a career in covering the entertainment industries — music, movies and television, and new media — will get an immersion course in this speciality. Students will simulate real wold exprience by interviewing and reporting on different media. In six weeks students will create increasingly sophisticated work concerning the entertainment industries including business, marketing, legal affairs, online challenges, key behind-the-scene players, and celebrities. Students will prepare themselves for top internships by creating professional daily and feature articles drawing upon their unique experiences while enrolled in the Semester in LA program. Taught by top industry professionals based on availability in an intimate seminar environment. Contact Nancy Day at nday@colum.edu