Our state-of-the-art Los Angeles center stands tall on Sunset Boulevard and serves as Emerson's home on the West Coast. Undergraduate students spend a full fall or spring semester taking classes in the heart of Hollywood and participating in a semester-long internship at a site related to their field of study. They are able to engage with industry leaders both on and off campus, as well as positively impact the greater Los Angeles area through volunteer work and outreach.
Emerson Los Angeles also provides a variety of resources for individuals from all over the world hoping to expand their skills, explore new interests, or make career changes through its Professional Studies program.
Why Emerson Los Angeles
Genece Davis, Visual and Media Arts '16
A Magical Moment
Genece Davis ’16 had always pictured herself as an East Coast girl. Then, she began her final semester at ELA and something clicked. “When I toured the Dolby Theatre a few days before the Oscars, it was magical,” said Davis. “The Academy Awards director let me and a few students stand behind the microphone where people accept their awards. It was surreal standing in a spot where people’s dreams come true.”
The LA Experience
During her semester at ELA, Davis interned at Plan B Entertainment, Brad Pitt’s production company, which has co-produced films like 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight. The incredible experience helped open up many doors for the Houston native. At ELA, Davis attended as many professional development panels as she could. "ELA really focuses on helping students transition from the college experience to life in the real world," she said.
Working Toward the Future
After graduating, Davis started the trainee program at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. After a couple months in the mailroom, she landed in the TV Literary Department. She now works in the Books to Film Department servicing the production companies of WME clients such as Michael B. Jordan and Gal Gadot. “Getting agency experience has been invaluable because I’m learning by building on the complex concepts I learned about in school,” Davis said. She credits ELA with helping her get to where she is. “Students should come to ELA because of the doors it can open up for them.”