Los Angeles Certificate Program: Acting in Hollywood

Graduates of the Boston University School of Theater as well as graduated students of other college/university theater-training programs have the opportunity to continue their education in acting at the Los Angeles Certificate Program: Acting in Hollywood. This program is offered in conjunction with Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA).

This intensive program is supported by of some of Hollywood’s most important professionals such as Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment; Jason Alexander (star of “Seinfeld” as well as scores of other stage, film and television projects), and many others. The program is a ‘bridge to the professional world’ of Hollywood that includes:

  • Internships two to four days a week in top Hollywood theatrical agent and casting offices
  • Focused class study and on-camera work, including scenes, auditioning and commercial technique
  • Individually-focused “self-imaging work” for each student
  • Industry professionals speaking to and coaching students
  • Set-visits to observe TV/film projects in process, field trips to casting studios, and numerous networking opportunities
  • Showcasing the class to casting directors, agents and managers, through meetings, mailings and audition opportunities
  • Four graduate credits each for the internship and acting course

Program Curriculum

In this eight or ten credit, four-month intensive program, students concurrently enroll in the core course and typically work at two consecutive internships. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Required Course

Students take the following course:

CFA TH 520: Acting in Hollywood (4 credits)

(Formerly CFA DR 581.) The course is designed to be an intensive and practical introduction to the world of being an actor in Hollywood, enabling students to learn many of the things and gain the confidence necessary to navigate the complexities of pursuing acting careers in Film and Television. Ongoing evaluation and discussion of the individual actor’s ‘self-image’ and ‘self-marketing’ (how each person can best present themselves to agents, casting directors, etc.) and acting for the camera, along with weekly focus on other topics of particular interest will form the basis of the class. As part of this class, guest speakers will participate from time to time as coaches and/or to give their take on the business. In addition, students will attend some evening sessions with the COM-track students when guests or topics of particular interest are featured. Syllabus

Internship Course (Required)

Work in major Hollywood casting offices, talent agencies, or management firms.

CFA TH 540: Internship in Hollywood (4)

(Formerly CFA DR 582.) The internship is one of the primary academic and professional pillars of the Los Angeles Certificate Program. Students are introduced to industry environments in their respective fields at sites where they will see the work of industry professionals and participate “in the business.” Students are required to intern for a minimum of 20 hours per week, however, they are expected to intern at two companies for up to 40 hours per week. Progress is monitored through student journal entries and a final paper in which students reflect on their education and experience over the semester.

Program Details

Requirements
Program Dates
  • Fall Semester: late August to mid December
Cost
Credits
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight to ten Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a minimum of eight credits.
Housing
Application Deadlines
  • Fall Semester: March 15

Download a description of the Los Angeles Certificate Program: Acting in Hollywood.

Program Faculty & Staff

The Boston University Los Angeles programs are administered by staff in both our Boston and Los Angeles offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in LA. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In LA, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.