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Miami student learn the ins and outs of working in Hollywood.
Miamis students learn the ins and outs of working in Hollywood.

Outside Oxford, Inside Hollywood

What is study away?

Most people have heard of studying abroad in a foreign country, but did you know students can study away in other parts of the U.S.?

Miami’s study away programs are designed to allow students to earn Miami credit while traveling in places such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Silicon Valley and Wyoming.

These programs range from two weeks to two months and are open to all majors. Students explore another part of the U.S. while having an engaging learning experience outside of the traditional classroom setting. 

Study away opportunities are much more than just a class; they are career tryouts, field trips, networking experiences and friendship starters.

Offered for the first time this summer, the Inside Hollywood program gives students a behind-the-scenes experience living and working in the heart of Los Angeles.

Modeled after Miami's Inside Washington program, David Sholle, an associate professor of communication, wanted to create an opportunity for students to explore the structure and operations of the entertainment industry while learning about the types of jobs in this field and how to pursue them.

Miami alumni who currently work in Hollywood played an important role in getting this program off the ground, including Rick Ludwin, former vice president of late night programming on NBC; Mark Hentemann, executive producer of "Family Guy"; Jeff Conroy, executive president of Original Productions ("Deadliest Catch,” "Storage Wars"); and Tedd Cittadine, vice president of digital distribution and licensing, 20th Century Fox Studios.

In this three-week program, the first two weeks included lectures, discussions and on-site visits to studios and television networks. The sessions provided an overview of the entertainment industry, including film and television preproduction, production and editing, script development, casting, entertainment law, administration and finance, development, distribution and marketing. In the third week, students observed media professionals on the job.

Mercedes Williams, a mass communications 2013 graduate, said many evenings were spent networking with alumni at dinners and social events, which allowed students to get to know them and their professions on a more casual and personal level.

"My favorite part was being able to actually see the sets in production, observe the Miami alumni in their working environment,” Williams said.

Students tour studio sets

This year's program included tours of "Conan" and a Q&A session with Conan O’Brien himself; Warner Bros. Studio; and "Family Guy" and talks with executive producers and writers; and NBC Universal digital post-production facilities.

Panel discussions were also on the agenda with agents at CAA (Creative Artists Agency) on the set of the MTV show "Awkward"; with TV comedy writers; and with animation experts at Disneytoons Studios.

"My favorite experiences from the program were the insights that I learned from people that were doing the jobs I would like to do," said Cody Einsfeld, a senior mass communications major with a focus in media production.

Zamyr Rivera, a senior finance and mass communications double major with minors in arts management and film studies, said, "Being able to spend time learning about the Hollywood industry with others who share the same passion for it was one of the most rewarding aspects of the program. It really helped build my confidence about going into the world of entertainment.”

Inside Hollywood will be offered winter term and next summer.

Written by Kelly Bennett, University Communications and Marketing

Photos courtesy of Zamyr Rivera and David Sholle

Published August 2013

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Students tour 20th Century Fox studios.

Students tour 20th Century Fox studios.

Look! It's Conan O'Brien!

Look! It's Conan O'Brien!

Student get a behind-the-scenes look at Conan O'Brien.

Student get a behind-the-scenes look at Conan O'Brien.

Miami students see the inner workings of Hollywood.

Miami students see the inner workings of Hollywood.

Family Guy plays host to Miami students.

Family Guy plays host to Miami students.

Students are making friends on the "Friends" set.

Students are making friends on the "Friends" set.

Now they're getting awkward on the set of "Awkward"!

Now they're getting awkward on the set of "Awkward"!

Wish you were here!

Wish you were here!

Getting a glimpse at a recording box at Fox Animation offices

Getting a glimpse at a recording box at Fox Animation offices

A meeting with Rick Ludwin, Miami alumnus, and former vice president of late night programming on NBC

A meeting with Rick Ludwin, Miami alumnus, and former vice president of late night programming on NBC

Let's go shopping on Rodeo Drive!

Let's go shopping on Rodeo Drive!

What is study away?

Most people have heard of studying abroad in a foreign country, but did you know students can study away in other parts of the U.S.?

Miami’s study away programs are designed to allow students to earn Miami credit while traveling in places such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Silicon Valley and Wyoming.

These programs range from two weeks to two months and are open to all majors. Students explore another part of the U.S. while having an engaging learning experience outside of the traditional classroom setting. 

Study away opportunities are much more than just a class; they are career tryouts, field trips, networking experiences and friendship starters.

Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency