Semester in Los Angeles

  • The UTLA Center, 3800 Barham Blvd., #103, Los Angeles, CA 90068
  • Ph: 323-512-9200, 877-875-2111
  • Fax: 323-512-0096

Semester in Los Angeles Program

SPRING 2018, SUMMER 2018, FALL 2018


“It’s the perfect transition from college life to real life.”
- Mark Dennis (UT Alumnus)

Advertising, Animation, Film, Gaming, Journalism, Marketing, Music, New Media, Public Relations, Television… Breaking into the entertainment business comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities. The University of Texas at Austin Semester in Los Angeles Program offers a unique opportunity for students who are serious about exploring academic and professional interests related to the entertainment industry. The Semester in Los Angeles Program is available each semester throughout the year: fall, spring or summer, and classes are held at the UTLA Center, located in Los Angeles near Burbank, just minutes away from some of the major Hollywood studios. Courses focus on the business and creative sides of the entertainment industry and are taught by seasoned professionals (many of them UT alumni), with extensive careers in film, television, music, and new media.

Students benefit from excellent instruction in a small class setting, participation in internships directly related to their interests, access to leading industry professionals through internships, guest speakers and set visits, and the support of UTLA Center staff and program alumni beyond their semester of participation.

The program was launched in 2005 and is open to all eligible students for a limited number of seats each semester.

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UT Semester in Los Angeles Mission Statement

The UT Semester in Los Angeles Program’s mission is to expose students to the working world of the entertainment industry, and to the people and places who make things happen in Hollywood. Through a combination of working internships with prominent companies, courses taught by working professionals, and guest lectures by prominent industry experts, students get chance to gain the skills and contacts that will make a career in film, television, music or new media possible. Every alumnus of the program comes to Hollywood with a real sense of where and what the jobs are, who to call, and how to present themselves. It is the goal of the program to translate theory into reality, to enable students to start their careers, and to offer real-world support as they begin their journeys.

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UTLA Information Sessions

Information Session: 
 - Monday, February 6
 - 3:00PM-4:00PM CST

 - BMC 5.102
 - Executive Director attending

Information Session
 - Tuesday, February 7
 - 1:00PM-2:00PM CST

 - CMA 5.136
 - Executive Director attending

Pre-Departure Session
 - Wednesday, February 8
 - 3:30PM-4:30PM CST

 - CMA 5.136
 - Executive Director attending

Information Session
 - Thursday, February 9
 - 3:30PM-4:30PM CST

 - BMC 5.102
 - Executive Director attending

Program Dates

Spring 2017  
Calendar (click here)
Timeline (click here)
Withdrawal 1 September 12th
Program Fee Due October 1st
Withdrawal 2 October 1st
Pre-Departure Mtg. Oct. 5th; 4pCT
Registration Oct. 24-Nov. 4 
Housing Fee Due November 1st
Withdrawal 3 November 1st
Housing Check-In January 6th
Orientation January 13th
Classes Begin January 17th
Last Class Day May 5th
Housing Move-Out May 10th; 12pm
Summer 2017  
Timeline (click here)
Apply By Oct. 10th 2016
Withdrawal 1 Feb. 6th
Pre-Departure Mtg. Feb. 8th
Program Fee Due Feb. 20th
Withdrawal 2 Feb. 20th
Housing Fee Due March 20th
Withdrawal 3 March 20th
Registration April 17th-28th
Housing Check-In May 19th
Orientation May 26th
First Class Day May 30th
Last Class Day July 28th
Housing Move-Out August 2nd
Fall 2017  
Apply By Feb. 20th 2017
Registration April 17th-28th
Housing Check-In August 11th
Orientation August 18th
Last Class Day December 1st
Housing Move-Out December 6th
Spring 2018  
Apply By May 1st 2017
Registration October 30th
Housing Check-In January 5th 2018
Orientation January 12th
Last Class Day May 4th
Housing Move-Out May 9th
Summer 2018  
Apply By Oct. 2nd 2017
Registration April 16th 2018
Housing Check-In May 18th 
Orientation May 25th
Last Class Day July 27th
Housing Move-Out August 1st
Fall 2018  
Apply By Feb. 12th, 2018

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