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


“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

Fall 16 Pre-Departure Session

- Monday, May 2nd @ 3pm CST
- CMA 5.136, LBJ Conference Room
- (via video conference)

Program Dates

Spring 2016  


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Housing Check-In Jan. 8th
Orientation Jan. 15th
Classes Begin Jan. 19th
Last Class Day Apr. 29th
Housing Move-Out May 4th; 12pm
Summer 2016  
Calendar (click here)
Timeline (click here)
Withdrawal 1 Feb. 8th
Program Fee Due Feb. 22nd
Withdrawal 2 Feb. 22nd
Housing Fee Due March 22nd
Withdrawal 3 March 22nd
Registration Apr. 18-29th

Tuition Due

May 19th
Housing Check-In May 20th
Orientation May 27th
Classes Begin May 31st
Last Class Day July 29th
Housing Move-Out Aug. 3rd; 12pm
Fall 2016  
Timeline (click here)
Registration Apr. 18-29th
Withdrawal 1 May 9th
Program Fee Due May 23rd
Withdrawal 2 May 23d
Housing Fee Due June 23rd
Withdrawal 3 June 23rd
Tuition Due Aug. 10th
Housing Check-In Aug. 12th
Orientation Aug. 19th
Classes Begin Aug. 22nd
Last Class Day Dec. 2nd
Housing Move-Out Dec. 7th; 12pm
Spring 2017  
Registration Oct. 24-Nov. 4 
Tuition Due Jan. 5th
Summer 2017  
Apply By Oct. 1st, 2016
Fall 2017  
Apply By Feb. 13th, 2017
Spring 2018  
Apply By May 1st, 2017

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