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Film Studies DSP Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Film and Media Studies

This is a biennial program

Please review the Academic Program section for specific term offerings.


The Film and Media Studies domestic study program (DSP) in Los Angeles will introduce opportunities for the study of film and media, and for gaining practical experience with working professionals in creative media arts and related institutions of cultural history.

Los Angeles is an ideal location for the DSP:  a global and cosmopolitan nexus point of the media world, and the center of U.S. media production for over a century. Los Angeles is home to several notable schools in Film and Media Studies, and many of the premiere libraries, archives, and museums important to the study of film and media history.  

This DSP will include rigorous coursework, primary and secondary research in regional facilities, first-hand experiences with a variety of professionals who work in relation to the creative arts and media industries, and assorted day-trips to sights and events of interest across Southern California.

The program of study will consist of three courses that offer students a mix of film and media history, theory, and production, plus the opportunity to obtain personal experience in the arts and entertainment industries and related institutions of cultural history.  The courses will emphasize the interdisciplinary study of film and media, in ways that best utilize the historical and contemporary significance of Los Angeles to our field.  All three courses will qualify for credit toward the Film and Media Studies major.



Faculty Director


FILM | 46 | 90:
Topics in Television -- specific course title TBA

FILM | 47 | 90:
Race and Place and Los Angeles Media

FILM | 80 | 90:
Independent Research Project, with Professor Williams



A grade of B+ or better in two courses within our core curriculum:

An introductory level course:

Film | 1 | 90:
Introduction to Film: From Script to Screen

Film | 2 | 90:
Introduction to Television

Film | 3 | 90:
Introduction to Digital Arts and Culture


A higher level course offered by the Film and Media Studies faculty.


Students will reside in an apartment complex within walking distance of the instructional center where classes will be held.

There will be assorted day-trips to sights and events of interest across Southern California. Previous excursions included visits to the Getty Museum, an exploration of the downtown LA street art, and lessons on experience design at Disneyland.

For more information, please see the department website.

Tuition and Fees

The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for each program by clicking on the appropriate term. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.


Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.


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