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Please note that students must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours and hold a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to register for the courses in LA.

Course Descriptions

Telling and Selling the Story -fka- The Development Process of Film & Television

Credit: RTF 348. Syllabus

Before an audience can ever see a film, video, show or production, an idea has to be discovered and developed. Studying the extensive life cycle by which literary material makes it from page to screens both large and small, students will learn how to generate ideas and concepts, understand story logic, story structure, character development, dramatic tone and how to adapt a varie of source material into a script. rough lectures and discussion with guest speakers, students will also learn to identi strengths and weaknesses of literary material as they practice networking and tracking, pitching, coverage and development notes needed to submit to studios, networks and production companies. Further topics include: agent contacts, working for a producer vs. working for a studio, the creative executive position, readers, studios and network story departments and the script coverage process.

Entertainment Promotion, Press and Public Relations

Credit: ADV 378 or P R 378. Syllabus

Publicity and advertising are the currency of communication in the multi-faceted entertainment industry. In this course, we consider the core disciplines of research, creative, distribution, advertising, publici and promotion as they apply to entertainment. e distinctions between and among these disciplines, in addition to how they can work together to support a specific goal, will come together in both a wrien and oral presentation. Whether entertainment advertising and publici are your calling, or if you are a savvy creator wanting to understand how your content will be introduced to the world, or if you’re simply a curious consumer interested in the “how and why” of pop culture communication, this course introduces the process of strategic communication in the entertainment industry. We give you an understanding of the power of information, the knowledge of where it can be found and we help develop your basic abili to apply it.

How Hollywood Works -fka- Entertainment Industry: Big Picture

Credit: RTF 347C. Syllabus

From the acquisition of original ideas, all the way through the marketing and distribution of completed films and television programming, How Hollywood Works is designed to present a foundational overview of the entertainment industry and to train students how to navigate this exciting and ever-changing industry. rough case studies, readings, class discussions and guest speakers who represent all facets of the entertainment business, students will explore how media industries operate, the commercial challenges facing content producers and distributors, financing and the continual strule between creativi
and the boom line, and numerous other related topics.

Inside The Music Industry

Credit: RTF 348. Syllabus

The Music Industry, like music itself, is constantly changing and adapting. It’s a $50 billion international industry that creates timeless songs and worldwide superstars. is course is designed to explore all of the aspects that make up this exciting business. Students will be given a complete overview of the music industry, covering everything from creation to consumption, and exploring all potential careers in each facet. It will give each student a better understanding of how the music industry really works, how it relates to other divisions of the entertainment industry and the effects that changing technologies have on it. Topics include: music creation, the recorded music industry, copyrights and the music publishing industry, the touring industry, streaming and modern music consumption, artist management, the DIY world, modern music marketing, and more! Talented industry professionals will be brought in to talk about their experiences and to help students get a beer understanding of how it really is INSIDE the music industry.

New Media & Emerging Entertainment

Credit: RTF 348. Syllabus

What is new media and what opportunities does it present? From a technical standpoint, it is the emergence of digital computerized or networked information and communication technologies. From an entertainment point of view, digital interactivi provides creative opportunities in challenging, thought-provokingand entertaining new ways. Today’s world allows us to view and engage with digital content in a varie of formats and on a varie of devices meaning content producers and distributors need to understand and help define this area for the ture. Students will explore the burgeoning areas of digital entertainment including broadband, video-on-demand, interactive advertising and television, mobile entertainment and interactive digital gaming.

Topics in Communication Studies: The Culture of Celebrity

Credit: CMS 367

American and global culture today is a celebrity culture. Celebrities are found in images marketed, sold and circulated globally and quickly. is course asks what is celebrity and how is it created and spread, specifically in entertainment industries. e course teaches ways of analyzing celebri to reveal its social impact. rough lectures, case histories and guest speakers, students will study the celebri culture’s impact on Hollywood, on the media that cover them, on consumer brands aligned with celebri status, on managing celebri talent and calculating the value of celebri endorsements.

The Working Hollywood writer -fka- The Working Hollywood Writer: Crafting Stories for the Screen for Fun & Profit

Note: This course is offered during the Summer semester ONLY. Registration for this course is limited to 14 students.

Credit: RTF 348. Syllabus

Whether a feature, episodic-series, video-game, or even an ad campaign, success rises or falls with the words a writer types across a screen. But to write a successful script, you must know how to tell a story, because a great story is never an accident.  This course, designed for every level of ability with each student learning from the other as well as from the instructor, will explore all aspects of teleplay and screenplay creation: from conception to completion, including the what’s & how’s of a working writer—how to break in, pitch a story, collaborate with studio execs, as well as the secret language of writers-rooms.  The course will be more practical than theoretical. Approaching the craft from the inside-out, we’ll first focus on writing a scene because if you can write a good scene, you can write a good script.  You’ll learn what a story-engine is & how to build them for features & episodic-series (of any medium). Then, you’ll apply these techniques to design & write your own script. Though a first draft is the objective, the priority is to help you master the tools you need to tell your own stories and make money doing it. 

Communications Internship: The Wofford Denius Center UTLA Program (Required course)

Credit: COM 350L or 650L or RTF 350L or 650L (for eligible RTF majors). Syllabus

All program participants will be required to complete a 3- or 6-credit internship. To earn credit for the internship, each participant will have to intern for at least 175 total hours for the 3-hour course or 350 hours for the 6-hour course, maintain a journal of their experience, assemble and present a portfolio of work samples, attend 5 two-hour evening internship classes that will address key information including job-seeking skills, networking skills, industry professions & salaries, and preparing for living and pursuing a career in Los Angeles, and complete final internship evaluations.

Note: RTF 350L and 650L are restricted to eligible RTF majors. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, three hours of lower-division coursework in Radio-Television-Film, a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and admission to the Semester in Los Angeles program.

Registration Information

  • You will register for your Denius UTLA Center classes the same way you've registered for previous semesters on campus.

  • There's no competition for any Denius UTLA Center courses - only Denius UTLA Center students can register for Denius UTLA Center courses.

  • All UTLA students must be full-time students and register for 9 hours (Summer) 12 hours (Spring/Fall) of Denius UTLA Center Courses. This includes your Denius UTLA Center Internship Course (RTF or COM).

  • Internship Course:

    • All UTLA students are encouraged to register for 6 hours of internship credit during their Denius Center semester through either the COM 650L or the RTF 650L course.

    • All UTLA students are eligible to register for 3 or 6 hours of internship credit during their Denius Center semester through the COM 350L, COM 650L, RTF 350L, and RTF 650L courses for internship credit.

    • All non-RTF majors will register for COM 350L or COM650L. However, any non-RTF majors from departments that offer their own Internship course (for example: JOURN. or ADV/PR) may instead register for your respective major's internship course (3 hours of internship credit).

    • All Denius Center students are required to spend a minimum of 175 hours at their internship(s) to acquire 3 hours of internship credit and 350 hours at their internship(s) to acquire 6 hours of internship credit.

    • Students may use the cumulative total of one or more internships to obtain the course requirement of 175 hours or 350 hours.

    • If you are enrolled in either COM 650L or RTF 650L, you must notify us by the end of the second week of classes if you believe you will be unable to fulfill 350 hours of internship time (the requirement for your 6 hour internship course). In this instance, you will have a choice of:

      1. dropping the COM/RTF 650L Internship Course and taking the COM/RTF 350L Internship Course for 3 hours of credit, and be required to enroll in one additional course during the semester to achieve 9 hours (Summer) 12 hours (Spring/Fall) of UTLA coursework,


      2. maintain your enrollment in the COM/RTF 650L Internship Course and continue to work towards obtaining additional internship hours from one or more internships in order to achieve the course requirement of 350 internship hours. Note that if you do not achieve the required internship hours by the end of the semester, you will receive an incomplete for the course.

  • All UTLA students are eligible to register for the PR 378/ADV 378 Courses.


Spring 2019 Uniques:

 COM 350L 



 COM 650L



 RTF 350L



 RTF 650L



 RTF 348



 RTF 348



 RTF 348



 RTF 347C



 P R 378



 ADV 378