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 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

Summer 15 Calendar

Housing Check-In May 22
Orientation May 29
Classes Begin June 1
Last Class Day July 31
Housing Move-Out August 5
Fall 2015 Calendar  
Financial Timeline  
Withdrawal Deadline 1 May 8
Program Fee Due May 22
Withdrawal Deadline 2 May 22
Housing Fee Due June 22
Withdrawal Deadline 3 June 22
Housing Check-In August 14
Orientation August 21
Classes Begin August 24
Last Class Day December 4
Housing Move-Out December 9
Spring 2016  
Financial Timeline  
Withdrawal Deadline 1 Sept. 10, 2015
Program Fee Due Oct. 1, 2015
Withdrawal Deadline 2 Oct. 1, 2015
Housing Fee Due Nov. 2, 2015
Withdrawal Deadline 3 Nov. 2, 2015
Housing Check-In Jan. 8, 2016
Orientation Jan. 15, 2016
Classes Begin Jan. 19, 2016
Last Class Day April 29, 2016
Housing Move-Out May 4, 2016
Summer 2016  
Apply By Oct. 31, 2015
Housing Check-In May 20, 2016
Orientation May 27, 2016
Classes Begin May 31, 2016
Last Class Day July 29, 2016
Housing Move-Out Aug. 3, 2016
Fall 2016  
Apply By Feb. 15, 2016
Spring 2017  
Apply By May 2, 2016

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