Please note that there will be no Spring Break! Instead, you’ll complete 15 consecutive weeks, allowing you time to return to Chicago for Commencement.
Los Angeles Internship
COLL 232 – 3 credits
This course supports your hands-on internship by offering valuable insight into work life balance, the expectations of the workplace, and what your next step should be upon completion of the internship.
Los Angeles Speakers Series
CINE 362 – 3 credits
The Los Angeles Speakers Series gives you the opportunity to meet today’s movers and shakers in an intimate setting as they talk about their personal path to success and their work. It will also provide opportunities to network with industry professionals.
Choose 2-3 of the following:
CINE 409 – 3 credits
The most important part of any successful career is the ability to present ideas clearly. This course will examine how entertainment professionals pitch their stories, and provide students with tools to present their own creative work. Students will engage in repetitive pitching of various types and lengths before an audience.
Advanced Topics: Negotiations for Film and Television
MEDI 382B – 3 credits
Think negotiating is all bluff and bluster? Think again. While lawyers typically negotiate production and distribution deals, it’s imperative that content creators understand the underlying deals needed to produce and exploit their entertainment material. This class, taught by the former Executive Director of the Producer’s Guild, specifically focuses on the art of negotiating such deals. You’ll be asked to engage in multiple sample negotiations.
Advanced Media Studies: The Biz
MEDI 382C – 3 credits
It takes three things to build a Hollywood career: talent, grit, and business savvy. This course prepares you for the third. It’ll take you deep into the clockworks of Hollywood’s studios, networks, production companies, and agencies to give you practical tools necessary to tackle the ever-changing terrain.
The Creator Economy: Monetization of Content and Influence
BUSE 299 – 3 credits
This course prepares students to make business-focused decisions regarding the Creator Economy including wise content creation, distribution, monetization, and collaboration determinations. By exploring the essential skills and pathways necessary to establish a career as a maker, students will learn how to penetrate, perpetuate, influence, and profit from the business of content creation. Musicians, writers, actors, editors, photographers, digital artists, illustrators, and other creatives of any major will learn how to create dynamic and engaging platform content, use digital revenue recognition tools, maximize economic structures, leverage cooperative power, and support major-brand assets so they can be self-sustaining in the Creator Economy.
Mapping Los Angeles Through Cinema and TV
MEDI 382A – 3 credits
A hundred years ago Hollywood had a population of 500, one post office, a newspaper, and two markets. But that was about to explode with the introduction of motion pictures. You cannot divorce the history of Los Angeles from the evolution of film and television. This course focuses on the marginalized perspectives and roots of independent media and how “The City of Angels” and its image have evolved alongside each other. Through story analysis you’ll “map” the city by locating minor screen practices among the dominant media studios, placing both the marginalized pockets and the mainstream within a historical context that informs LA’s culture and industry of today.
Qualified writers may choose one of the following:
Television Drama Roundtable
TELE 483 and TELE 486 – 6 credits
Television Drama Roundtable is actually two courses taught as one. You’ll analyze a number of one-hour episodic dramas currently in production while simultaneously writing your own one-hour television spec.
Sitcom Writing Roundtable
TELE 483 and TELE 487 – 6 credits
Sitcom Writing Roundtable is actually two courses taught as one. You’ll analyze a number of half-hour situation comedies currently in production while simultaneously writing your own half-hour comedy spec.
Qualified post-production students may also enroll in:
Studies in Editing: Trailers
CINE 181 – 1 credit
This special one-credit class offers proficient editors a chance to work with Dan Asma, Columbia alum and owner of buddha jones, one of Los Angeles’s premier trailer companies. He’ll assign and review your work, encouraging you to embrace bold creativity while getting a sense of how to serve clients, whether they be showrunners or movie executives. This hands-on workshop requires proficient editing skills and will meet five times during the semester.
Career Planning in Post-Production
CINE 333 – 1 credit
“Fix it in post!” The mantra is repeated more often today than ever before, resulting in a significant demand for post-production work. How do you get your foot in the door? How do you advance? Join Troy Takaki, a top editor of film and television ( You, Sweet Home Alabama, Diary of A Wimpy Kid) and founder of the ACE Diversity Program, in exploring careers in the discipline. You’ll meet with seasoned professionals, visit various facilities around Los Angeles where the “magic” happens, and discover how your skills fit into this expanding field. This workshop is intended for advanced postproduction students and will meet five times during the semester.