The ELA Program aims to prepare students to be employable and successful in their chosen field. Courses are taught by faculty who are not only academically credentialed, but also professionals working in the industry as producers, directors, screenwriters, journalists, advertising and public relations executives, actors, entertainment marketing professionals, and more.

Students will get the chance to intern and work directly with set designers, film and television editors and producers, writers, stage managers, marketing directors, casting directors, talent managers, magazine editors, and more, giving them an understanding of the industry beyond the classroom.

In addition to coursework and internships, students will have the opportunity to volunteer at organizations serving a wide range of values and socioeconomic needs. This series of community service programs and events will help students broaden their perspectives on diversity, social issues, and community dynamics in Los Angeles and beyond.

Program Requirements

ELA students must:

  • Be enrolled with a full-time course load (12-16 credits)
  • Fulfill all academic requirements of their internship class and all other classes;
  • Submit an online learning agreement;
  • Attend at least two professional development opportunities during their semester in the program, and reflect on them in assignments in the internship course; and
  • Participate in at least two civic engagement opportunities during their semester in the program, and reflect on them in assignments in the internship course
  • All students enrolled at Emerson Los Angeles during the academic year, including those living off campus, are ordinarily expected to be enrolled in an experiential learning (internship) course (practical experience combined with academic inquiry), whether for four credits or eight credits, for the semester.