Please note that the spring semester does not honor Spring Break. Instead, you'll complete 15 consecutive weeks and finish one week early in order to return to Chicago for graduation, if desired.
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:
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.
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 Executive Director of the Producer's Guild of America (PGA), specifically focuses on the art of negotiating such deals. You’ll be asked to engage in multiple sample negotiations.
Entertainment and Media Marketing
BUSE 445 – 4 credits
What happens when having a great product is not enough? How does a content maker identify the most appealing elements in the creative work and effectively capitalize on them? This course covers entertainment marketing form the point-of-view of a content maker.
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.
Diversity in the Media: Gender, Race and Age in Hollywood
MEDI 450 – 3 credits
Diversity in the Media explores not only how entertainment media cover issues of race and ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, age and social class, but also why it is vitally important in a diverse and multicultural society. Taught by the President of the LA Film Critics Association, this course asks content providers to reflect on their own bias and recognize how marketing, societal pressures, and economic realities dictate their creative and business decisions.
Mapping LA in Cinema and Television
MEDI 382A – 3 credits
A hundred years ago Hollywood had a population of 500, a 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. Through field trips, screenings, and story analysis you’ll understand how past and current local events have influenced how we tell stories, and which stories get told.
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:
Topics in Editing: Post Production Careers
CINE 181 – 1 credit
"Fix it in post!" The mantra is true today more than ever before, leading to a significant demand for post-production work. How do you get your foot in the door? How do you advance? This course is designed for advanced post-production students seeking careers in the discipline. You’ll meet with seasoned professionals, visit various facilities around Los Angeles to see where the “fixes” happen, review reels, and discover how your skills fit into this expanding field.