Have you ever wanted to go to Los Angeles and interested in taking your sci-fi and fantasy career to the Hollywood film industry in the USA? If so, then the MA Film: Science Fiction and Fantasy with Los Angeles Study Abroad Spring Semester option is a fantastic opportunity for you!
Spend a semester in Los Angeles with our partner Mount Saint Mary’s University and gain experience in any aspect of filmmaking and production you want to specialise in. Situated in the iconic Hollywood Blvd, Mount Saint Mary’s has state of the art facilities and an extensive selection of science fiction and fantasy courses.
Perfect for anyone that wants to develop their film training while looking to gain an impressive addition to their CV, this London to LA Study Abroad option is designed to complement your studies in London – building up a great network of contacts to help set your career on the right track.
No practical background is necessary for the Hollywood semester classes as students can choose to be enrolled onto the FLM 205 Introduction to Digital Video Production course that will cover basics of camera, lighting, and sound. However, students with previous (and sufficient) background in utilizing production equipment are able to take an alternate advanced class in lieu of the intro class, on a case-by-case basis. All students will be able to check out equipment they have been trained on and/or are able to demonstrate previous mastery.
Mount Saint Mary’s
The Mount Saint Mary’s faculty includes Kelby Thwaits, an award winning Actor, Singer, Musician and Multi-Media Artist whose work includes Mass Effect 2: Sci vs. Fi (2010), Dead Space: Downfall (2008), Gears of War 2: Sci vs. Fi (2008) as well as content creation for SyFy Channel, Disney, Sony Online Entertainment, EA Games, OnDemand and Microsoft; and Charles Bunce, who has over 25 years of expertise in video, audio production and post-production spanning commercial and promotional video, narrative film and television, music video and documentary. Their most recent work includes the supernatural horror feature The Black String (2019) followed by a new science fiction horror feature, currently in production (2021).
Mount Saint Mary’s Hollywood Blvd campus offers an impressive choice of equipment and facilities, including: a 20 Station computer lab, an edit suite with 5.1 surround & colour station, a music production/sound recording and mixing studio with Iso/vocal booth, a creative lab and production shooting stage, all tied together on a high-speed network with central storage.
Students can receive training on high end cameras from Canon, Arri, RED Digital Cinema, Sony, and BlackMagic Design. Lab computers are equipped with the latest production software including AVID Media Composer, Pro Tools, Adobe Creative Suite, BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, and Logic Pro X. Sound recording, editing and surround mixing are beautifully managed in the Sound Studio on an AVID S3 console played though mastering grade ATC monitors.
“Science Fiction Film isn’t just about science, fiction or film. It’s also about political and social dream-making. Bellamy’s Looking Backwards (1888) helped to usher in global ideas about nationalisation. The Frankenstein monster became the touchstone for debates about humans playing God. And Star Trek helped to usher in the Space Age. By combining the UK and US, two of the world’s leading educational approaches with film and science fiction experts, this new and exciting MA Film: Science Fiction & Fantasy is the vehicle to launch new imaginative worlds.”
– Professor Dominic Alessio, Professor of History, Vice President of International Programmes