The Los Angeles Certificate Program: The Writer in Hollywood, offered fall semesters in conjunction with Boston University College of Communication (COM), offers graduated students a bridge to the professional world of Hollywood and the opportunity to continue their education in writing.

Concurrent with their internships, students enroll in a core course. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Required Courses

Students will qualify for one of the following courses:

  • COM FT 586 The Writer in Hollywood 1: Essentials for the Emerging Writer (4 credits)
    • Formerly CFA DR 580/TH 503/COM FT 522.
    • This course is geared toward writers who want to write for film and television but may not have extensive experience or training in those disciplines. It will emphasize reinforcement of film fundamentals, developing professional samples, and workshopping of material. Students will attend guest-speaker lectures and will have the opportunity to pitch to one or more industry professionals at the end of the course.
    • Syllabus
  • COM FT 587 The Writer in Hollywood 2: Preparing Your Script for the Entertainment Market (4)
    • Formerly CFA DR 580/TH 503/COM FT 552.
    • This course is geared toward writers who have completed MFA screenwriting programs or the equivalent. It will emphasize extensive workshopping of writers' material, networking in the business, and an end-of-semester Pitch Festival. This course will also feature a number of high-level guest speakers.
    • Syllabus

All students also take the following course:

  • The Writer in Hollywood Lab
    • Guest speakers from the industry as well as BU LA faculty lecture about the business of writing.
    • Syllabus

Internship Course (Required)

Participants will intern at one or more literary agencies, production or development offices, televisions shows or networks.

  • CFA TH 540/ COM FT 953/954: Internship in Hollywood (4 credits)
    • 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.

Past internship placements have included Lionsgate Films, Red Wagon, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Donners’ Company, and The Weinstein Company.

Please note these are examples of past internship placements only. While BU Study Abroad guarantees an internship to program participants, specific placements vary from semester to semester and may not always be available. Likewise, internship placements may be available in academic areas not listed.

The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.

Program Residence 

  • Students share furnished apartments at the Park LaBrea Apartments in Los Angeles.
  • The apartments have two bedrooms with two occupants per bedroom. Each apartment has a shared kitchen stocked with cooking utensils.
  • Singles are available on a space-available basis for a supplemental fee.
  • Students have full access to amenities offered through this centrally located apartment complex.
  • Although board is not included, students can easily walk to nearby grocery stores and restaurants.
  • The apartments have on-site laundry facilities.
  • Fall Semester: Late August to mid-December
  • Fall Semester: March 15