Semester in LA

Schedule

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

J-Term 2016

Acting (January 10th - January 21st)
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.

Animation (January 11th - January 15th)
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. 

Spring 2016

Producing  (January 25th - February 26th)
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.

Comedy Writing for Television  (January 25th - February 26th)
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. 

Producing  (March 7th - April 8th)
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. 

Screenwriting (March 7th - April 8th)
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. 

Graduate Producing (April 11th - May 13th)
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. 

Drama Writing for Television (April 11th - May 13th)
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. 

Summer 2016

Music Composition Graduate (May 23rd - June 25th)
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. 

Fashion Studies: Styling and Costume for Media, TV, Film & Entertainment (May 31st - July 1st)
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. 

Editing & Post Production (June 27th - July 1st)
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.  

Transmedia & Cross-Platform Development (July 5th - August 5th)
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. 

Fall 2016

Producing (September 6th - October 7th)
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. 

Screenwriting (September 6th - October 7th)
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. 

Directing (October 17th - November 18th)
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.