OHIO’s Media Arts and Studies School to offer Semester in LA program
Deadline to apply is March 28; program begins fall 2014
By Gentry Bennett
ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 26, 2014)—Ohio University’s School of Media Arts and Studies (MDIA) will begin to offer a semester in Los Angeles program for juniors and seniors, beginning fall semester of 2014.
The program, led by Roger Cooper, will include a full load of courses and an internship in Los Angeles. The program will have a fee of $4,450 in addition to fall semester tuition. This fee will cover housing at the furnished Oakwood apartment complex, speakers and class needs. Cooper says the program will offer a “multitude of benefits.”
“Students will gain professional experience through internships, connect with hundreds of professionals, gain exposure to the production process and the industry, all with a synergistic benefit,” Cooper said.
Students accepted into the program will take courses covering subjects such as the business of Hollywood, professional production methods, the development process and a speaker series. In addition to these courses that will be taken one to two days a week, the students will also work at an internship in LA. The program offers help to search for the right internship for each individual. Credit for the classes is earned through Ohio University.
The program was created in part due to the urging of 1981 alumnus Kyle Bowser, founder of Res Ipsa Media in Encino, Calif. Bowser is one of many alumni who will give of his time and talent to students accepted into the program.
“My professional relationships within the industry, and the vast information and insights represented by those practitioners, are perhaps the most precious asset I have to offer,” Bowser said. “Convening a program in Los Angeles is the most efficient way to expose Scripps students to that incalculable resource.”
Prior to the approval of this program, a Spring Break in LA trip was offered to students. Maggie Lawlor, a senior MDIA student, took advantage of this opportunity. The spring break program included attending a production, attending and setting up screenings, and meeting alumni. Lawlor enjoyed meeting the alumni during her trip.
“It's a very tightknit community of Bobcats out there,” she said. “If they didn't know about a job, they knew someone who did. Spending an entire semester out there making connections and creating a name for yourself is such a rare opportunity.”
Freshman MDIA student Josh Eggleston agrees, “That kind of opportunity is once in a lifetime. Just to be able to see what the business is life, what kind of work you would do, and making connections is the only way to be successful and it’s a just a great opportunity.”
Ohio University alumni in Los Angeles are “excited for OU to have a larger presence in LA,” said Roger Cooper. The program will launch fall of 2014 when professionals in the industry are typically busy with production and have the need for student interns.
Bowser is eager to welcome the fresh talent of students and proud that his alma mater is evolving.
"Our beloved school continues to grow to reflect the times and meet the needs of students,” he said.
Students that will be juniors or seniors in the fall are eligible and must apply by March 28. For more information, contact Roger Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.