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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 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, California, while working at locations like Warner Brothers, Universal, Paramount, and Disney Studio.


Talé Mitchell | | Media Arts and Design


Accommodations will be provided for students through furnished apartments with wifi, cable, linens, a full kitchen, and laundry facilities. The apartment complex includes two large swimming pools, a convenience store, an exercise facility, tennis courts, and classrooms. Students will share a 2-bedroom apartment, with two students per room; 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

This program appeals to students interested in working in any sector of the entertainment industry. This includes, but is not limited to, media arts, mass media, theatre, communication, music, creative writing, advertising, journalism, interactive design, marketing, entertainment law, and public relations.

This program is open to all JMU rising juniors and seniors, 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. 

Applications Closed.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SMAD 465: The Entertainment Industry: An Overview (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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