Semester in Los Angeles

The School of Communication Los Angeles Program provides selected seniors and junior students from the School of Communication at the University of Miami the opportunity to gain professional experience in their chosen fields through a 14-week internship while taking industry-related courses. The program allows students to experience and integrate themselves into the Los Angeles film and television industry while providing immersion into the culture of the city.

Students will be assisted in obtaining internships, and courses will be taught by Los Angeles based faculty and industry professionals.

  • Complete 15 credits (course credits can count towards required courses in your major)
  • Supervised by School of Communication faculty
  • 14 weeks in Los Angeles
  • Undergraduate junior or senior students
  • All School of Communication Majors and Minors are eligible to apply
  • Taught by professionals in Los Angeles
  • A residential experience nestled inside the commercial studio city of Burbank
  • Limited to 25 students
  • 3 credit internship, with placement assistance and close guidance by School of Communication faculty

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  1. Internship (3)

  2. International Distribution (3)

    This course teaches students the various aspects of the distribution process for films and television programs in the international marketplace. Topics to be covered will include exclusivity, holdbacks, windowing requirements, and means of delivery from theater releases to streaming video.

  3. Finance for Media Industries (3)

  4. Inside the Studio Walls (3)

    This course is designed to give both a broad overview and specific insight to the wide array of professions, jobs, trades, and crafts that make up the Hollywood entertainment business. Built around weekly guest speakers, course gives students an "insider's point of views" into almost every facet of the industry. From agents, lawyers and mangers,to creative executives and producers and writers, directors, and cinematographers, to editors, line producers, VFX supervisors and marketing executives, the goal is not only for the student to have a foundational understanding of how various aspects of the modern business functions as a whole, but to provide each student a chance to gain a more detailed understanding of those specific areas that interest them professionally.

  5. The Art of the Pitch (3)

    This course is designed to build an advanced set of skills and work flow habits for creating and selling studio and network level movie and television pitches. Students will learn "industry standard" ways of breaking stories, condensing ideas, creating log lines, generating "look-books," how to take meetings by creating full-on presentations as well as short form elevator pitches. Course work will focus on the individual student's own projects and ideas, culminating with a finished professional pitch that the student must present to an industry executive/producer for final evaluation.

Important Dates

Spring 2018

  • October 11, 2017: Application and $500 Deposit Due
  • October 18, 2017: Student notification
  • October 25, 2017: Remaining Program Fees Due

Click here to download the financial scholarship application.

To pay the deposit, select the Pay Deposit button in the Program Info section and select "Semester in LA Deposit" in the payment category field. Follow the instructions to submit the payment.


Students reside together at Oakwood Apartments at Toluca Hills, part of Oakwood Worldwide, an international company providing corporate apartments, short term housing, and student residential space. The amenities at your location include swimming pools, hot tub, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a basketball court, workout facilities, computer labs, as well as the learning spaces for UM classes. There is a small market/deli on the premises. Furnishings, bedding, housewares, and housekeeping are included in the monthly fee. The apartment complex has a private security team on site. A residential assistant employed by the University of Miami lives on site with students and is available on call. Located close to Universal Studios.

Oakwood at Toluca Hills is located in Burbank in close proximity to Warner Bros., Disney Studios, ABC, NBC, and over 100 film and television companies.

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