Semester in LA

One-Week Summer Workshops

Each year, we also offer our Summer Career Exploration workshops. Outside the main SiLA program, these short, intense 1-credit workshops are intended for small groups (no more than 12) who have a targeted interest. It offers valuable insight into a specific field and provides useful information on how your skill set can be applied to a profession.

Led by seasoned industry professionals, you’ll tour creative workspaces, gain hands-on experience, explore resources available to newcomers, learn about emerging career paths–and get course credit for it. They are open to anyone who has completed at least one year of college. Come prepared with a resume and creative materials appropriate to your field. Disciplines rotate each summer. 

Summer 2020 Program--CANCELLED

CANCELLED: Explorations in Career Development – Music City: Los Angeles
June 1 - June 5, 2020
BUSE 299 – 1 credit
Contact: Jerry Brindisi for info: jbrindisi@colum.edu

Meet the movers and shakers who work on the business side of the recording and music scene in Los Angeles.

Join BUSE faculty Jerry Brindisi as he explores the business side of the recording and music scene in Los Angeles. Visit creative spaces, talent agencies, record labels, and marketing firms. Meet industry professionals and artists. How do you get your start? What are the skills needed for professional survival? This career development workshop is intended for those seeking a career in music management and is limited to 12 students. Applications due April 15, 2020.

CANCELLED: Explorations in Career Development – Inside the Writers' Room
August 17 - August 21, 2020
CINE 435 – 1 credit
Contact: Dan Rybicky for info: drybicky@colum.edu

What really happens inside the writers’ room? How do you get a seat at the table?

What does it really mean to be a writer? How is writing for television different from feature film? Where are the entry-level jobs? How do you get an agent? Explore the business side of writing with CTVA faculty Dan Rybicky. You’ll travel across Los Angeles meeting working professionals in a wide variety of fields, including network, streaming, features, docs, and reality. You’ll tour creative workspaces and hear not only from writers, but those who help orchestrate their careers, including development executives, agents, managers, and union reps. Learn how one moves from the outside to the inside of the entertainment industry. This career development class is intended for serious film/tv writers and is limited to 12 students. Applications due April 15, 2020.

Program fee

We charge one credit of tuition (see Columbia Central for current credit hour costs) + $1420 for our Summer Career Exploration workshops.

This fee includes:

Airfare is NOT included in program fee.

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