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Emerson Los Angeles

Fall, Spring & Summer Course Offerings

The Emerson College Los Angeles Program aims to prepare you to be an employable, productive and successful professional in your field. With that goal in mind we will expand the program to include personal and professional development opportunities beyond your coursework and internship experience. These opportunities will supplement your classroom and internship experience.

Career and Professional Development Opportunities

Throughout the semester Emerson College Los Angeles will be home to a series of workshops, panel discussions and tours featuring successful Emerson alumni as well as other professionals in TV, film, digital media, marketing, journalism and other disciplines. These programs will be open to current students in the LA program, as well as Emerson alumni. Please contact EmersonLA@emerson.edu for more information.


Academic Course Information

Fall and Spring Student Requirements

  • Undergraduates must register for a full course load (16 credits)

  • Grad students must register for a minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 12 credits

  • ELA students must attend at least two professional development opportunities during their semester in the program.

  • ELA students must also participate in at least two civic engagement opportunities during their semester in the program.

Summer Student Requirements

  • Undergraduate and graduate students must register for a minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 12 credits
Herzog Family Classroom

Students gather in the Herzog Family Classroom


Academic Course Requirements

  • Every Los Angeles student must register for one 4-credit or one 8-credit internship
  • 300/400 level courses are for juniors and seniors only
  • 500-level courses are for seniors and graduate students only
  • 600 level courses are for graduate students only
  • Course offerings are subject to change
  • Course availability is subject to enrollment and classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis

Fall & Spring Term

subject to change

JR 585 Journalism Topics: Entertainment and Pop Culture
JR 585 Journalism Topics: Covering Diverse Communities
LI 526 Topics In American Literature: LA Stories
MK 471 Topics in Communication:  Entertainment Marketing and Cross Promotions
MK 471 Topics in Marketing Communication: Entertainment Public Relations
TH 421 Advanced Acting: Film & Television Acting
TH 471 The Business of Acting
VM 306 Film and Television Genres: The Screwball Comedy
VM 320 Feature Writing Workshop
VM 322 Comedy Writing for Television
VM 323 Writing Primetime Drama
VM 373 Directing Actors for the Screen
VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Sports, Media and Spectacle
VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Film and Television in the Age of Anxiety
VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Media of Consumption: From Totally Cool to Totally Wired
VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics: American Film of the 1970s
VM 402 Topics in VMA Practice: Romantic and Screwball Comedy
VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Television Genres
VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Short Musical Film and Video
VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Parody, Satire, and Irony: The Affects of Ambivalence and the Politics of Reference
VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Media Industry Studies
VM 420 Topics in VMA Practice: Analysis and Production of Web Videos
VM 420 Topics in VMA Practice: The Art and Craft of Production Design
VM 420 Topics in VMA Practice: Aesthetics of Film Editing: Storytelling Through Images
VM 420 Topics in VMA Practice: Feature Film Development
VM 420 Topics in VMA Practice: Production Management
VM 420 Topics in VMA Practice: The Business of Directing
VM 420 Topics in VMA Practice: Videogame Writing and Producing
VM 423 Writing Television Pilots
VM 428 Feature Writing Workshop
VM 457 Recording Industry as a Business
WR 416 Topics: Feature Film Development
WR 416 Topics:  Writing Primetime Drama
WR 542 Screenwriting Workshop
Internship Course 4 credit Internships = 16 hours per week; 8 credit Internships = 24 - 32 hours per week.

Summer Term

subject to change

MK 471 Topics in Marketing Communication: Entertainment Public Relations
TH 479 Topics in the Business of Theater: The Business of Acting
VM 320 Feature Writing Workshop
VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Film and Television in the Age of Anxiety
WR 542 Screenwriting Workshop
Internship Course 4 credit Internships = 20 - 24 hours per week; 8 credit Internships = 32 - 36 hours per week.