5 Days

Program Overview

Roll out the red carpet and step into the lights, behind the cameras and into the action of Los Angeles. Explore the glamour and luxury of Sunset Boulevard, the Walk of Fame and Rodeo Drive. Consider what it would take to start out in film on a tour of USC School of Cinematic Arts and in an introductory film lecture. Step into the shoes of actors on tours of Dolby Theatre, Warner Bros. Studio and Hollywood filming landmarks. Let the artists take the lead on an arts tour of downtown Los Angeles. Stop for dinner at the famous Grand Central Market. Feel a little closer to the stars from the Griffith Observatory, with telescopic views of the cosmos and the Hollywood sign. Discover more secrets of Hollywood on a scavenger hunt, applying teamwork and creative-thinking skills. Learn how to entertain an audience in an acting workshop. Watch the professionals at work, while at a theater performance in North Hollywood. Stroll along the endless beaches and boulevards of Venice and Santa Monica, before the journey home.

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Destination Highlights

In this Los Angeles Starstruck program, students are encouraged to realize their American dream of a future as a movie star, film maker, or simply a more educated fan of television. Explore where the stars have risen among the dazzling sights of Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Sign, Walk of Fame, Sunset Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. Visit Grand Central Market for dinner to experience what it looks like now and possibly pick up on how it has changed since it opened in 1917, along with the shifting population of downtown Los Angeles.

Creating excitement all over the world, see why Los Angeles has set imaginations wild with its entertainment for over a century. Inspired by the design of a European opera house, Dolby Theatre is one of the top entertainment venues in the world today. Get a chance to see the Oscar statuette and images captured from awards ceremonies as well as the stage of the America Idol finalists. The Warner Bros. Studio tour changes every day based on which studio lots are currently in use. Try out an interactive soundstage, visit backlot sets, see props and enjoy spotlights such as the Batmobile Collection and play Quidditch in front of a green screen like the actors in the Harry Potter movies. On a “Journey Through Time in Film” narrated walking tour, learn the historical landmarks in popular Hollywood films. See the filming locations of La La Land, Ghostbusters, Transformers and more. Explore the diverse art communities of Los Angeles with a real working artist to learn local history, techniques and see artwork.

For students curious about pursuing film in college, the guided tour of USC School of Cinematic Arts presents the state-of-the-art facilities that create opportunities to practice film, television, and other media arts. Further the experience with an Introduction to Film Lecture, touching on the basics of cinematography, editing and sound. Try out acting in an interactive workshop in Los Angeles, where students learn the basics of dramatic arts and gain confidence – an essential skill they can apply in everyday life. For more fun and to experience the final product behind years of acting study, students get to see a live theater performance in North Hollywood. Search for the surprising secrets of Hollywood on an exciting scavenger hunt, picking up movie industry trivia along the way.

For most, a career in the Los Angeles entertainment industry is the result of years of dedicated practice, hard work and passion. Go up to Griffith Observatory to stare through a telescope and see what stars align. Maybe the planetarium lights a path into the stars, above the flashing lights of Los Angeles. Or, perhaps it’s the light of the Hollywood Sign that’s calling, inspiring big dreams, starstruck by the movie screen. On the last day, step out onto Venice Beach to unwind. Stroll along the boulevards and piers of Santa Monica. Imagine it’s a day off from working on set. Reflect on the experience and let it all settle in.

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Learning Outcomes

Engage in the arts in our Los Angeles Starstruck program. Students learn what it takes to break into the film and entertainment industry through an acting workshop, tours behind the camera, a film lecture and watching a theater performance. A Hollywood-themed scavenger hunt encourages students to discover the history of film in teams. On a visit to the Griffith Observatory, students see beyond the stars of Hollywood into the expansive universe, which they can view by telescope, in exhibits and live shows in the planetarium.

Services Included

Transportation

Private transportation provided throughout the program.

Activities

All scheduled activities and experiences are included in the cost.

Tours and Site Visits

Tailored educational experiences, tours and site visits.

Housing

Local hotel (quad occupancy) accommodations, with a night chaperone to ensure security.

Meals

Two meals are provided daily: breakfast and dinner.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Technology

Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.

Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

People

Program guides create a fun and engaging learning experience for students.