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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 is a highly competitive 8-credit summer program organized by the School of Media Arts and Design.

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 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.

Downtown Los Angeles from Ian Wood on Vimeo.


Thomas O'Connor | | Media Arts and Design
Sarah O'Connor | | Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication


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.

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

Additional Items to Consider

Internship Coordinator: Sarah O'Connor | | WRTC

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.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Junior or senior

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 essays
  • Faculty Recommendation
  • Resume
  • 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. 

apply now Closed for 2016

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


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

SMAD 410: The Creative Producer (3 credits)

SMAD 495: Internship in Media Arts and Design (2 credits) Students enroll in both sections for a combined total of 3 credits.

SMAD 495: Internship in Media Arts and Design (1 credits) Students enroll in both sections for a combined total of 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.