JMU in LA: The Entertainment Industry
LocationLos Angeles, California, USA
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. 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.
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.
DirectorThomas O'Connor | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
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Internship Coordinator: Sarah O'Connor | email@example.com | 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.
JMU-LA Student Ashley Grisham Spins Plates on the Jay Leno Show, July 25, 2013.
Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0
Junior or Senior
This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:
- Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
- Short essays
- Interview with Program Director (upon request of the Director)
- 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.
All dates are tentative and subject to change
CoursesSMAD 398: Critical Studies in Media Arts & Design (3 credits)
SMAD 410: The Creative Producer (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.