University of Texas at Austin Semester in Los Angeles Program prepares students for careers in entertainment industry
More than 700 students have participated in the UTLA program, which focuses on the business and creative sides of the entertainment industry. Seasoned professionals (many of them University of Texas at Austin alumni) with extensive careers in film, television and music teach courses.
One of UTLA's most notable lecturers is James Fino, who graduated from the College of Communication with bachelor's degrees in advertising and radio-television-film in 1988. Fino has worked in the entertainment industry for 19 years, most recently as a partner/producer at Starburns Industries, Inc. – a film production company in Burbank, Calif. Starburns recently completed a stop-motion Moral Orel special for Adult Swim called "Before Orel," which is scheduled to air in the fall. Recognized by the Producers Guild of America for excellence in digital media production, Fino has worked on programs such as "King of the Hill," "8 Simple Rules" and "Community."
Another notable lecturer is screenwriter Steve Faber, who will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Faber's most notable work was the comedy hit "Wedding Crashers." His current script, "We're the Millers," is set to star Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis with Rawson Thurber directing. Faber's presentation is open to current students and the first 14 alumni who RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other speakers include Rick Parks, screenwriter; Andrew Wang, RTF alumnus and vice president, scripted development and production at Bravo; Maria Faillace, executive vice president, production for CBS Films and a psychology alumna; and Jared Hoffman, RTF alumnus and managing partner of Generate – a Santa Monica, Calif.-based development, production, talent and research company.
In addition to attending classes, students participate in internships, visit studio sets and receive support from UTLA Center staff beyond their semester of participation.
The UTLA program's mission is to enable students to compete with graduates of other top film schools by exposing them to the working world of the entertainment industry and leaders in Hollywood.
The UTLA program is available each semester throughout the year: fall, spring and summer, and classes take place at the UTLA Center in Burbank, Calif. The program was launched in 2005 and is open to all eligible students for a limited number of seats each semester.
About The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication
One of the nation's foremost institutions for the study of advertising and public relations, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, journalism and radio-TV-film, The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication is preparing students to thrive in an era of media convergence. Serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students, the College is nationally recognized for its faculty members, research and student media. For more information about the College of Communication, visit http://communication.utexas.edu.
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