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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
Sarah O'Connor | | WRTC


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.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Junior or Senior

Application Process

For this program, students need to complete the online application (a $25 fee required), which includes:

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

Online Application Coming Soon

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)

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.