Semester in LA

  • 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

Spring 16 Application Info Session
-Tues., April 21st @ 3pm CST

-CMA 5.136
-(Executive Director Phil Nemy will be meeting with interested students via video conference)

Fall 15 Pre-Departure Session
-Tues., May 5th @ 5pm CST

-CMA 5.136
-(UTLA FALL 15 STUDENTS ONLY - Pre-Departure Session via video conference)

Summer16 Application Info Session
-Tues., October 20th @ 3pm CST

-CMA 5.136
-(Executive Director Phil Nemy will be meeting with interested students via video conference)

Program Dates

Spring 2015  
Housing Check-In January 9
Orientation January 16
Classes Begin January 20
Last Class Day May 1
Housing Move-Out May 6
Summer 2015  
Housing Check-In May 22
Orientation May 29
Classes Begin June 1
Last Class Day July 31
Housing Move-Out August 5
Fall 2015  
Housing Check-In August 14
Orientation August 21
Classes Begin August 24
Last Class Day December 4
Housing Move-Out December 9
Spring 2016  
Apply By May 2, 2015
Summer 2016  
Apply By Oct. 31, 2015
Fall 2016  
Apply By Feb. 29, 2016

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