Creativity Industry and Culture in LA

(Not running in 2018)

This week­long study away program in Los Angeles takes place over Spring Break 2017. Students will earn 2 credits while focusing on networking and creative career paths in the entertainment and design industry. The goal of the program is to introduce students to the work culture of the industry, create opportunities to forge networks and develop possible career paths, connect them with alumni and friends of the College in the L.A. area, and get a sense of the place and culture of Los Angeles.

Behind the scenes tours and visits will give students an opportunity to see daily work life at places we are visiting, allowing them to ask our alumni specific questions and to participate in professionally productive activities such as pitching project ideas, discussing career trajectories, and portfolio/resume review.

Goals of the program include:

  • Connecting students with MSU alumni in LA area
  • Exploring creative jobs and possible careers in the entertainment industry
  • Seeing workspaces and understanding work processes in the industry
  • Gaining an understanding of local culture and space

Application Deadline:  

Dates:  Not running in 2018

Eligibility: Students must have a 2.0 overall GPA. 

Course Offerings:  2 credits of AL491: Special Topics in Arts and Letters, with an option for adding a third credit. The class will meet 3 times prior to departure and 3 times after returning. Class meetings after returning will be determined at a later date. Final projects will be due at the end of Spring Semester.

Housing:  Students will be placed in double occupancy rooms in a hotel or guesthouse.  

Program Fee: $1,000
Program Fee will include housing in L.A., all breakfasts and at least two group dinners, group excursions, tours and transfers to and from excursions. Fee does not include MSU tuition, airfare to and from Los Angeles, local transportation, books and materials, additional meals, and personal spending money. Financial Aid should be applicable to the total estimated cost of the program.