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Los Angeles, California, USA

Program Description

Virtual Information Session:
Date: October 1st
Time: 12:00pm
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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 spend a minimum of 180 hours 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 AVA Corporate Housing in Burbank, CA. AVA houses professionals working at nearby Warner Brothers, Universal, Paramount and Disney studios. The AVA 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 | | Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication


Accommodations are provided for students in 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.

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 other fields, such as entertainment law and business.

This program is open to all JMU students, regardless of major. 

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

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 ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay
  • Resume
  • Academic References
  • Interview with Program Director may be required

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

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SMAD 465: 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.


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