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

Info Sessions
- Tuesday, Sept. 27th @ 12pm CST
- BMC 5.102
- (UTLA Exec. Director attending)

- Wednesday, Sept. 28th @ 4pm CST
- BMC 5.102
- (UTLA Exec. Director attending)

- Thursday, Sept. 29th @ 1pm CST
- CMA 5.136
- (UTLA Exec. Director attending)

Spring 17 Pre-Departure Session
- Wednesday, Oct. 5th @ 4pm CST
- CMA 5.136

Program Dates

Fall 2016  
Calendar (click here)
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
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  
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  
Apply By Oct. 10th, 2016
Withdrawal 1 Feb. 1st
Program Fee Due Feb. 15th
Withdrawal 2 Feb. 15th
Housing Fee Due March 15th
Withdrawal 3 March 15th
Registration April 17th-28th
Housing Check-In May 19th
Orientation May 26th
Last Class Day July 28th
Housing Move-Out August 2nd
Fall 2017  
Apply By Feb. 13th, 2017
Registration April 17th-28th
Housing Check-In August 18th
Orientation August 25th
Last Class Day December 1st
Housing Move-Out December 6th
Spring 2018  
Apply By May 1st, 2017
Summer 2018  
Apply By Oct. 2nd, 2017

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