Semester in LA

Jump-start your career.

Work, study, and live in the heart of Hollywood. Columbia College Chicago's Semester in LA (SiLA) program can provide you with critical experience in the media and entertainment industry to carry into your career after graduation. You'll explore your career interests through internships and class experiences that are only available in the Los Angeles area.

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Our classes are held at Sunset Las Palmas Studios, in the heart of Hollywood, home to some of today’s hottest showrunners. While in the program, you’ll learn from industry experts in the classroom and work 15 to 20 hours per week at an LA-based internship. Your internship not only provides an entry into the world of entertainment and media; it quickly demystifies the business of Hollywood. SiLA also provides networking opportunities, exclusive events, tapings, and tours, all of which round out your immersive experience.

Over the 20 years of SiLA’s existence, we have built a solid reputation in Hollywood. SiLA has an extensive network of entertainment professionals who willingly offer their knowledge and resources to help you get ahead.

Priority is given to Columbia College Chicago students, but full-time students from other institutions are welcome to attend. SiLA offers its immersive semester-long programs in the spring, summer, and fall, as well as a series of intensive week-long workshops in January and the summer.