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

  • 6 credit internship, with placement assistance and close guidance by School of Communication faculty

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Courses

  1. Internship (6)
  2. International Media (3) This course concerns itself with numerous aspects regarding the production, distribution, and exhibition of American motion pictures, television and music in the international market. Beginning with an historical overview of Hollywood’s efforts to control, even monopolize the world-wide media industry, the course will cover how this market has rapidly evolved over the last twenty years with the advent of digital media. Students will analyze Hollywood’s increasing tendency to co-finance media production through international production deals, as well as through distribution packages, both analog and digital. Students will learn to appreciate the complexity of international distribution rights for films and television programs.
  3. 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.
  4. Hollywood Primer (3)This course examines the economic and regulatory aspects of traditional and new media industries in Hollywood and beyond. Historical, financial, technological, and regulatory issues related to the production and distribution of content on different media platforms will be also discussed from a comparative perspective.

Important Dates

Spring 2022 – Early Admission Round

  • April 30, 2021: Application and $500 Deposit Due

  • May 7, 2021: Notification of Acceptance

  • May 21, 2021: Student Deadline for Commitment

  • October 1, 2021: Remaining Program Fees Due ($2,250 Due)

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To pay the deposit, select the Pay Deposit button at the bottom of this page and select “Semester in LA Deposit” in the payment category field. Follow the instructions to submit the payment.

Housing

Students reside together at AVA Burbank, part of AvalonBay Communities, a national company providing apartment rentals, short-term housing, and student residential space. The eco-friendly community includes amenities such as a swimming pool, fitness center, and barbecue area. At AVA Burbank, students have easy access to parks, banks, restaurants, and entertainment.

The newly renovated living space comes fully furnished along with bedding, housewares, and parking all 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.

AVA Burbank is located in Burbank in close proximity to Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Disney Studios, ABC, NBC, and over 100 film and television companies.
For more info, visit: https://www.avaloncommunities.com/california/burbank-apartments/ava-burbank

Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Info

Faculty Advisors

Christina Lane
Cinematic Arts
Phone: (305) 284-3657
Email: clane@miami.edu

Ana Francois
Journalism & Media Management
Phone: (305) 284-5201
Email: a.francois@miami.edu

Estimated Costs

Program Fee: $2,750
Housing: $5,900 and $11,000 (for shared and single, respectively)
Meals: $1,750
Airfare: $600
Transportation: Varies*
Tuition: May Vary

*Students are strongly encouraged to have a car while in Los Angeles, for the purposes of commuting to and from their internship.

UMLA Spring 2022 is expected to run as an in-person program, except in the case of exceptional circumstances. In the event that the program is cancelled by the School of Communication, all payments will be refunded.

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