Program Dates, Calendars, and Timelines

Spring 2018 | Summer 2018 | Fall 2018 | Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

Update on Acting Leadership of UTLA:

Ms. Mira Lippold-Johnson, an RTF faculty member will serve as acting program manager and will relocate to Los Angeles in January to assume this role. Prof. Lippold-Johnson is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an MFA in film production from The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a cinematographer, animator, producer and editor. Her work, which focuses on the internal struggles of courageous women, includes an award-winning short, “The Letter E,” and her recent short drama “Bad Things” won a grant from the Austin Film Society. Prof. Lippold-Johnson’s experience will provide UTLA students with the necessary leadership and the practical experience that will enhance their participation in the program.  

In addition, Ms. Heather Siemienas, who joined Moody College last July to work on alumni relations from the Denius UTLA Center will now also serve as acting assistant UTLA program manager. In addition to her current duties, Ms. Siemienas will engage daily with UTLA students and help Prof. Lippold-Johnson to oversee the operation of the Center. Ms. Siemienas is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University.

Important Update from Dean Jay Bernhardt:

As of Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, Phil Nemy, UTLA Director, has been placed on official leave pending investigation by UT’s Office of Inclusion and Equity.

Recent news reports about our UTLA center have many people concerned and upset, and Moody College shares those strong feelings. We are working closely with university leadership to fully investigate these matters and take swift action.

We do not expect these issues to affect UTLA operations and are prepared for all 2019 programs to proceed as planned under new interim leadership.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work hard to address and resolve these issues. If you have concerns or questions about the UTLA program, please contact the Moody College leadership team at

If you need support or to voice additional concerns, the following resources are available:

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC): M-F 8-5p, SSB 5th floor, 512.471.3515 
CMHC Crisis Line: Available 24/7,  512.471.2255
Voices Against Violence program:; 
Title IX office: 
CARE Counselor in the Moody College of Communication, Abby Simpson, LCSW • BMC 3.390, 512.471.7642

The Wofford Denius UTLA Center for Entertainment and Media Studies Mission Statement

The Denius Center’s mission is to introduce 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 the 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.