At Art Los Angeles Contemporary | Turner Semester

Domestic study locations of the College of Visual and Performing Arts include New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles. Other opportunities include summer and winter break course offerings on campus and online. For more information, contact SU:VPA Global.

New York City

Art

Art in New York City is a MAYmester course that allows undergraduate and graduate Syracuse University students to experience one of the greatest art cities in the world and includes visits to museums and galleries. The goal is to place our students in front of original artworks and to experience the diversity of classical and contemporary art venues that NYC offers. Of all the cities in the world, NYC offers the best balance of traditional and contemporary art in the world, with a transportation system that gets us where we need to go. It has a unique concentration of art venues, and the proximity to Syracuse gives us a chance to see and experience this great city for ourselves.

Drama

The Tepper Semester is a unique program from the Department of Drama that offers undergraduate students in advanced levels of acting, musical theater, design, and stage management the opportunity to immerse themselves in a rigorous artistic training program in the culturally rich setting of New York City. Students work closely with an accomplished faculty of professional artists who nurture the students’ creative, intellectual, and personal growth. The faculty also helps students gain an understanding of the business skills essential for a rewarding and successful career in the industry.

Museum Studies

Museums and Contemporary Practices is a one-week intensive course offered every year during the MAYmester session. Drawing upon the rich resources of New York City or Washington, D.C., this course presents an overview of current museum practice. The course has been designed for highly motivated college and university undergraduates and graduate students who have a significant interest in museums.

Music

The Gilbert Week: NYC Seminar for Music Professions is a week-long immersion program in New York City for sophomores in the Setnor School of Music. Students learn about varied career opportunities in music by meeting and learning from alumni and arts professionals and visiting some of the world’s leading performing arts institutions and organizations.

Washington, DC

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Communication and Rhetorical Studies in D.C. allows students to examine key sites of political image-making, from campaign advertising and lobbying to public diplomacy and policy promotion. After meeting in Syracuse for the first week of the intensive two-week course, the class will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with experts to determine how current practices reflect and/or complicate the prevailing scholarship.

Museum Studies

Museums and Contemporary Practices is a one-week intensive course offered every year during the MAYmester session. Drawing upon the rich resources of New York City or Washington, D.C., this course presents an overview of current museum practice. The course has been designed for highly motivated college and university undergraduates and graduate students who have a significant interest in museums.

Los Angeles

Art/Transmedia

  • The Ginsburg-Klaus Art in Los Angeles Week (also known as “Art in LA”), gives SU:VPA master of fine arts (M.F.A.) students the opportunity to undertake an intensive investigation of art collections housed in the city’s most significant museums, as well as visit galleries and contemporary studios to hear from prominent artists, curators, and gallery owners, many of whom are accomplished SU alumni.
  • An outgrowth of Art in LA, the Turner Semester is a residency program for a small cohort of M.F.A. degree students. The program allows the students to experience the arts of the West Coast and to live and work in San Pedro (the Los Angeles Harbor area) during the spring semester. 
  • Illustration, film, and computer art and animation majors may travel to Los Angeles for a two-week industry immersion in animation and film. The themes of self-development, persistence, and networking are presented as students visit such studios as Filmworks FX and Method Studios to see their incredible special effects work on productions for major films and commercials.

Drama

Professional Practice: SU Drama Summer is a six-week industry immersion program held in and around Hollywood and based at the SU in LA campus in Sherman Oaks. Students participate in regular evening classes with working professionals on audition technique and spend their days participating in a professional internship. Previous internships have provided hands-on experience with agents, managers, producers, casting directors, and various other industry companies.

Drama/Transmedia (Film)

The highly successful Sorkin in L.A. Learning Practicum is supported by award-winning writer, producer, and drama alumnus Aaron Sorkin ’83 H'12. The practicum provides students with a week-long, “hit-the-studios-running” immersion in the heart of America’s film and television industries. Students selected for the practicum meet and learn from alumni and industry insiders for seminars, workshops, and more.

Music

For more than 100 years, Los Angeles has been the unrivaled entertainment capital of the world. Drawing on the strength of its vast network of accomplished alumni in the entertainment industry, Syracuse University established the LA Semester, a satellite campus program that engages students in professional internships, specialized course work, and regular interactions with industry leaders. Through this bold approach to education, students continue to take what they learn in the classroom and test their knowledge in real-world situations, igniting an exchange of ideas that benefits all.

Other Opportunities

Syracuse University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts offer a number of additional courses during MAYmester and the summer on campus and online. Visit Summer at Syracuse to learn more.

Syracuse University also offers online courses during winter break. Visit SU Winterlude to learn more.

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