Continuing education

A list of institutions that offer showbiz-related courses

Below are some universities that offer continuing education on showbiz-related topics in Los Angeles and New York. Many schools on this list offer postgrad adults the option to attend regular undergrad and grad classes, and either audit or receive credit.


Loyola Marymount University Extension
Loyola Marymount University
One LMU Drive, Suite 1840
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
Course highlights: Directing Actors for Film, Producing A-Z, The Best Foreign Film Ever Made, Marketing Yourself for the Entertainment Industry, Screenwriters Feature Development

Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Course highlights: The Art of Writing Comedy, How to Break in to TV Writing, TV Commercials and Acting Workshop, An Agent Tells All, How to Do Standup Comedy

UCLA Extension
10995 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024-2883
Course highlights: “Career Management for Musicians: A Roadmap to Success,” “Composition and Framing for the Motion Picture Camera,” “Scheduling and Budget: A Pre-Production Workshop,” “Hollywood Horror: The Anatomy of Terror,” “Creative and Business Affairs in Film and TV Music: A One-Day Seminar”


Columbia University Continuing Education
303 Lewisohn
2970 Broadway
Mail Code 4110
New York, NY 10027-6902
Course highlights: “Film Writing Workshop,” “The Documentary Tradition,” “International Film History,” “Auteur Study: Alfred Hitchcock,” “Topics in World Cinema: Latin America”

The New School
66 West 12th St.
New York, NY 10011
Course highlights: “What’s So Funny: The Art of the Screwball Comedy,” “Conspiracy and Paranoia in American Film,” “Independent Filmmaking From A to Z,” “Screen Rivals: Hollywood in the Age of Television,” “History of Avant-Garde Cinema”

NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Office of Admissions
145 4th Avenue, Room 201
New York, NY 10003
Course highlights: “Rewriting a Screenplay in 10 Weeks,” “Entertainment Law for Producers,” “The Craft of Editing,” “Digital Filmmaking Four-Week Intensive,” “Story Development for Animation”

This listing is partial and isn’t meant to be a complete summary of all programs in these cities.

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