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JMU in LA: The Entertainment Industry


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 9-credit program, organized by the School of Media Arts and Design, is open to all JMU students who are rising juniors and seniors. Students take classes taught by industry professionals and work at internships in Los Angeles.

Location Description

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


Thomas O'Connor | | Media Arts and Design


Accommodations are provided for through the Oakwood Corporate Apartments, including linens and housewares. Some group meals will be included in the program fee, but the majority of meals will need to be covered by the student.

Additional Items to Consider

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

This program is targeted towards juniors and seniors.

JMU Students visit by Jay Leno and end up on show, broadcast July 19, 2013.

JMU-LA Student Ashley Grisham Spins Plates on Leno, July 25, 2013.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • A supplemental essay addressing the following question:
    " What are your interests in this experience and how will it benefit you?"
  • Attend an interview with the program director: Prof. O'Connor | | Media Arts and Design

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SMAD 305: Special Topics: The Creative Producer (3 credits)

SMAD 398: Critical Studies in Media Arts & Design (3 credits)

SMAD 495: Internship - Media Arts (3 credits)