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L.A. or bust

Media Arts and Studies students visit sunny California for fun, networking and experience

Some OHIO students will not be spending their spring break on a Florida beach. Instead, a group of 20 students will visit Los Angeles over spring break as part of the “Media Arts and Studies in L.A.” program.

Roger Cooper, director of the Media Arts and Studies Program, created the program after students in his fall quarter 2010 MDIA 101 class expressed interest in learning more about the entertainment industry. Applicants were chosen through a process that included letters of recommendation and high academic standing.

“L.A. is a concentrated place for the creative industries,” said Cooper. “The school and college had talks of creating an L.A. program for a while, and everything kind of came together about winter break.”

Students will stay in Burbank, Calif., and visit numerous places that relate to video and audio production, digital media and media management.

The extensive itinerary will include tours of video game, recording and movie studios, including 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks Studios, attending a live taping of a TV show, and observing TV and film shoots. A sightseeing tour is also planned of historic Hollywood.

“We'll have the opportunity to be lectured by industry professionals and an alumni event will be held where we'll have the chance to really network with [alums] that now live in L.A.,” said Kelly Matousek, a freshman studying video production. 

Students hope to take away new information about the jobs they wish to pursue, as well as make industry contacts.

“I love California so much. Not only am I excited to be able to have this opportunity, but I'm also excited to go somewhere for spring break where I'm getting something out of it!” said Matousek.

Sophomore video production major Paige Kelly is also looking forward to the trip.

“I love television and hope to one day write for and produce my own show. This trip is absolutely perfect for spring-boarding my career,” Kelly said.

Cooper hopes this trip will be a catalyst to expanding and opening up the program to many other students.

“We want to open it up and encourage more to go," he said. "I’d love to have something that’s permanently out there. We hope to do this for many years.”