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.

UMLA Spring 2021 is Online. It is not a residential program. Internships will be conducted remotely. Note that several features listed below have changed.

  • Complete 15 credits (course credits can count towards required courses in your major)

  • Supervised by School of Communication faculty

  • (Virtually for Spring 2021) 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

  • (Not applicable for Spring 2021) 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



Note: All courses will be taught Online by faculty based in Los Angeles.
  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 2021 – Fall Admission Round

  • November 26, 2020: Application and $500 Deposit Due

  • December 1, 2020: Notification of Acceptance

  • December 7, 2020: Remaining Program Fees Due ($1,750 Due)

Click here to download the financial scholarship application.

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.


Students may reside wherever they choose for Spring 2021 because UMLA is online.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Info

Faculty Advisors

Christina Lane
Cinematic Arts
Phone: (305) 284-3657

Ana Francois
Journalism & Media Management
Phone: (305) 284-5201


There is a fee for this program of $2,250

While we have every expectation to run UMLA Spring 2021, the program is contingent on a minimum student enrollment. In the event that the program is cancelled, all payments will be refunded.