The VPA LA Semester is an immersive professional development program that provides students with a unique opportunity to work as interns in Los Angeles while taking academic courses taught by LA professionals with expertise in their given discipline. The program is designed to broaden students’ understanding of career opportunities and gain skills to network and succeed in their careers.
The VPA LA Semester provides a robust and challenging academic program taught by industry professionals. Students will have an opportunity to learn from our dedicated faculty as well as current industry professionals who are invited in as guest speakers. Being in Los Angeles also affords our students the unique opportunity to participate in field trips to studios, production companies, post-production houses, animation studios, video game productions, marketing/ad companies, and much more.
Fall semester academic courses focus on film, exploring the skills it takes to launch into many aspects of film production from development, production, post-production, and distribution. Spring semester academic courses will explore topics related to communication and rhetorical studies, illustration, and animation. Students can explore the world of animation, gaming, marketing, and pop culture/sports/film communication.
Internships are a central part of the VPA LA Semester program. Internships provide students with real-world experiences and valuable insights into career paths. Interns learn entry-level skills, become exposed to professional environments, make connections and develop tools that will aid them as young professionals.
In addition to coursework and your internship, the VPA LA Semester offers many social and cultural opportunities to enjoy. We encourage you to have some fun while you are here and take full advantage of the California sunshine! You can find out more about Los Angeles and our neighborhoods at DiscoverLosAngeles.com.
We also have a department of Advancement and External Affairs here in Los Angeles, which organizes many special events to engage alumni. Our VPA LA students have the unique opportunity to attend these events while they are here in California.
Support VPA LA
It’s easy to see the advantages a Los Angeles learning experience brings to our students. Opportunities to learn from the world’s leading experts, interaction with the world-renown entertainment industry, visits to diverse cultural institutions, the challenges of living in a major metropolitan environment—all of these give students unique real-world insights that simply can’t be gained anywhere else. You can make such experiences possible by designating your gift to the VPA LA fund. Many of these activities rely on ongoing funding, and your gift can be a source of crucial support.
Anna Proulx is the director of the VPA LA Semester. She has an extensive background in both arts and higher education management. Previously, she was the director of admissions for the American Film Institute Conservatory, a top-ranked master’s film program, and at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. She also managed the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, creatively supporting and working with international and domestic documentary filmmakers. Her passion throughout her career lies in finding, developing, and supporting artists through education.