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JMU in LA: The Entertainment Industry

Location

Los Angeles, California, USA

Program Description

JMU-LA provides undergraduates a chance to learn about, and participate in, one the most powerful cultural forces in our world today: the entertainment industry.

This is a highly competitive 9-credit summer program organized by the School of Media Arts and Design but open to all students.  

Students take classes taught by industry professionals and work at internships in Los Angeles.

Twenty students are selected to participate each summer.

Applications are accepted from all JMU students who are rising juniors and seniors. 

Location Description

Students work in the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles, and live in Oakwood Corporate Housing in Burbank, CA. Oakwood houses professionals working at nearby Warner Brothers, Universal, Paramount and Disney studios. The Oakwood complex includes two large swimming pools, a convenience store, an exercise facility, tennis courts and classrooms.


Downtown Los Angeles from Ian Wood on Vimeo.

Director

Thomas O'Connor | oconnotp@jmu.edu | Media Arts and Design

Sarah O'Connor | oconnosh@jmu.edu | Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication

Accommodations

Accommodations are provided for students through furnished apartments with wifi, cable, linens and full kitchen and laundry facilities. Students will be in shared double rooms with four students in each apartment. Some group meals will be included in the program fee, but the majority of meals will need to be covered by the student.

Students generally purchase and prepare their own food in their apartments, but on special occasions the program pays for meals.

Additional Items to Consider

Typically this program appeals to students in media arts, theatre, communication, music, and creative writing, but since entertainment is an industry, it also appeals to students interested in entertainment law and business.

This program is open to all JMU students, regardless of major.  This program is targeted towards rising juniors and seniors.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Rising Juniors or seniors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay
  • Resume
  • Faculty Letter of Recommendation
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

SMAD 465: Critical Studies in Media Arts & Design: The Entertainment Industry (3 credits)

SMAD 410: The Creative Producer (3 credits)

SMAD 495: Internship in Media Arts and Design (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.

Cost

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