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The DePaul LA Quarter offers a unique opportunity for students to experience the inner workings of Hollywood first hand. This ten-week immersion program is structured around living in Los Angeles, taking classes on a historic studio lot, and interning at high profile companies that align with students' professional aspirations. Through this experience, students learn how to navigate the studio system and build a network of professional contacts that will help them leave their mark on the entertainment industry.
The School of Cinematic Arts Los Angeles office and classrooms are located on the historic Sunset Gower Studios lot. Formerly the site of Columbia Pictures, where classic like
It Happened One Night and
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington were filmed, Sunset Gower is now one of Hollywood’s largest independent studios with 22 state-of-the-art production stages and home to the ABC series
How to Get Away with Murder.
The program is open to all current DePaul University graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in working in the film, television, and gaming industry.
International students interested in participating in the LA Quarter Program must check in with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISS) before applying.
Participants of the LA Quarter are required to pay a program fee that covers housing in a fully furnished apartment, studio tours, and networking events. This fee will not exceed $5000. The cost of food, personal expenses, and transportation to, from, and around Los Angeles are not included in this fee.*
Students who currently take advantage of financial aid may also be eligible for additional loans. The Office of Financial Aid will increase your cost of education for the quarter in which you participate in the LA Quarter to match the program fee. This will allow you to borrow an additional amount of either the Parent Plus Loan or Grad Plus Loan. For more information on this additional financial assistance and to see if you qualify, please contact the Financial Aid office:
Counseling Line: (312) 362.8610Fax: (312) 362.5748Email:email@example.com DePaul University Office of Financial AidMailing Address: DePaul Center, Room 9100 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604-2287
*While not a requirement, it is highly recommended that you have access to a car due to the lack of public transportation options in Los Angeles.
Internships are a key step in gaining experience and opportunity in the film and television industry and because of this, they are the centerpiece of the LA Quarter program.
Participants are required to secure their own internship after they have been accepted into the program. Students who are proactive in their search usually have a variety of internships to choose from due to the number of opportunities in Los Angeles. Resume & cover letter support and internship leads are provided.
Past internships include: Warner Brothers, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Studios, Disney Studios, William Morris Endeavor, Panavision, Conan, Producers Guild of America, HBO, Logo, Benderspink, Jim Henson Company, Gary Sanchez Productions, Anonymous Content, CAA, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Bold Films, Funny or Die.
Participants in the LA Quarter will be enrolled in a set of industry-focused courses designed to maximize their experience in the program. All courses are held at night at the historic Sunset Gower Studios Lot. Workday hours are reserved for the students' internship opportunities.
Undergraduate students will be enrolled automatically in the following courses:
Undergraduate students who participate in the summer session will only be enrolled in
FILM 298 Internship in Media Production / Post Production.
Graduate students will be enrolled automatically in the following courses:
*Graduate students who participate in the spring quarter will be enrolled in
SCWR 441 Industry and Pitching Seminar in lieu of SCWR 445 Hollywood History.
Participants in the LA Quarter reside in a fully furnished, two-bedroom apartment at Park La Brea. This centrally located complex is across the street from the Grove shopping center and the Los Angeles County Musem of Art (LACMA).
The LA Quarter is offered throughout the academic year. Application deadline is a month before quarterly course enrollments and applicants will be notified of their admissions status before enrollment begins. Applying does not guarantee acceptance.
ALUMNI Fall 2021- CDM LA Quarter application (Must be admitted as a Non-Degree Seeking Student at DePaul to apply)
Statement of Intent – This 2–3 page paper should focus on why you would like to participate in the LA Quarter, what you plan to do with your time there, potential internships you would like to pursue, and ultimately how this experience will help you achieve your long-term goals.
Sample of Creative Work – Sample should coincide with your career aspirations. Please provide external links to short films/reels rather than uploading files.
Two Faculty Recommendations – Provide the names of two DePaul faculty members that support your application. They do not have to provide you with a letter of recommendation.
For general inquiries about the program, please e-mail
DePaulLA@cdm.depaul.edu, or call 323.468.5111.