Quick Info

  • Santa Monica, California
  • Summer
  • : Study Away
  • : Film and Media Studies
  • : 06/01/2019 - 06/30/2019
  • : In-State: $4,600/ Out-of-State: $4,800
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record



The Pittsburgh-Los Angeles Film Program aims to give a unique exposure to various aspects of the entertainment industry, building on Pitt Film and Media program’s desire to offer “a liberal arts education with professional outcomes.”   The program will include a three credit course on the American Film Industry which will be taught two evenings a week, leaving students free to get internship and production opportunities during the day.  It will feature guest speakers including top film and television producers, directors, writers, agents, and executives.For the class, students will be required to do a project which is reflective of what they learn during the course of this month about the world of film and television.  Students may also earn additional credits through getting an internship, but please note, if students get paid for an internship, they are not able to also get course credit.   

will be a hands on learning experience in which you will be engaged working collaboratively with classmates in making a short film reflective of what you learn about the film and TV industry.   The subject matter will be determined once we get there, but right now the three subjects which are being considered are 1) doing a film made up of interviews you will have with entertainment professionals, many of whom will be Pitt alum who have had success in the industry.  2) a film about what it is like to intern at Lionsgate, as surprising the studio does not present have such a video and/or 3) a film interview our guest speakers and others about their own “early experiences breaking into the industry.”

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Carl Kurlander,  is a Senior Lecturer and faculty adviser of the student organization Pitt In Hollywood.  Carl is a screenwriter  and TV writer/producer who has worked on projects under contract for Disney, Universal, Sony, Paramount, Orion, Fox, CBS, and NBC Studios.  Since he began teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, his credits include producing "The Polio Story: The Vaccine that Changed the World" which aired on the BBC and Smithsonian Channel,  "My Tale of Two Cities", a comeback story about Pittsburgh which played 26 cities across North America,  "Burden of Genius" about transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl which won the Cleveland Film Festival, the feature "The Rehabilitation of the  Hill", and the Starz TV series "The Chair" which won Best Reality Program from the TV Critics' Association.  He is also the co-founder of the Steeltown Entertainment Project, a non-profit which since 2003 has been helping build a thriving film and TV industry in southwestern Pennsylvania.  


Students will stay in shared apartments in the heart of Santa Monica.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,600 $4,800
Arrive Depart
June 1, 2019 June 30, 2019

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 6-Credits
  • Housing in Shared Apartments for duration of the program
  • All program related entrance fees and transportation pass in LA

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Airfare (~$500-$750)
  • Personal Expenses (~$2000)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your bill)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.