Imagine taking a screenwriting course or studying film with the Hollywood sign in the background, or interning at HBO, Paramount Pictures, or the Los Angeles Times. At Emerson College’s campus in Los Angeles, you can do that and more. With so many of our students and faculty excelling in the fields of film, media arts, and performing arts, it’s no wonder that we have had an established presence in LA for decades.

Our West Coast home is located on Sunset Boulevard in a sustainable LEED-certified facility that was designed by award-winning architect Thom Mayne and his firm, Morphosis. The 120,000-square-foot building opened in 2014 and houses up to 215 Emerson students each fall and spring semester. 

A video where the two lead architects discuss the concept behind ELA's design and show images of the process.

At Emerson Los Angeles, our mission is to develop and prepare students to successfully embark on a path to leadership positions in communication, the arts, and the liberal arts. When you spend a semester here, you’ll take courses in your desired field of study and complete an internship at one of LA’s iconic organizations in entertainment, media, communication, or the arts. You will also have the opportunity to network with industry leaders on and off campus. And if you decide to stay in LA to pursue your career, you’ll become part of an extensive and supportive alumni community.

Your Future Starts on Sunset Boulevard

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