Director's Statement

Welcome to NYU Los Angeles, the newest addition to NYU’s global network. Our tiny but mighty team looks forward to having you join us for a unique experience that will combine the best of Los Angeles and the best of the University.

NYU Los Angeles offers a highly focused study away program for advanced undergraduates planning careers in the entertainment and media industries.

The program mixes rigorous course work with meaningful internships in movie and television studios, networks and streamers, production companies, talent agencies, management companies, music labels, industry guilds and unions, advertising and marketing companies, post production houses, policy and advocacy agencies, as well as other related organizations.

Our faculty, all working industry professionals, bring a collective wealth of practical, hands-on experience into our classrooms. They share a deep understanding of the historical and societal underpinnings of their respective fields and have their fingers on the pulse of their fast-moving futures.

NYULA offers a unique advantage for networking in that 15,000+ NYU alumni live in Southern California. Alumni participate actively with the program, offering mentorships and mock interviews, participating as Professional Partners in our Discovery Experience guided research initiative (see more below), speaking in classes, lending their art to adorn the Academic Center, and donating to our food pantry. Alumni also often join in NYULA programming as panelist and/or guests. Past live and virtual events include: the Hollywood Digital Climate Summit produced in conjunction with Young Entertainment Activists and Variety, The History of Horror Cinema: From the Sacred to the Scared, and our Discovery Sessions classes and webinars.

NYU LA has two professional development opportunities available to all students, our Mentorship Program, in which students are paired one-on-one with alumni mentors in their field, and the Discovery Experience, in which Professional Partners support a team of students as they research a “real world” industry question. The students then have the opportunity to present their conclusions to a panel of professional experts at the end of the semester. Both of the programs were designed to create additional connectivity and community during the pandemic, and have become integral to the NYULA experience.

Los Angeles is a sprawling city, and the NYU LA program is located directly in its heart, with easy access to museums, movie theaters, restaurants, shops, and other local attractions. DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles) Arts District’s collection of galleries is nearby, as are spectacular beaches, hiking trails, parks, SoCal’s renowned amusement parks, and many other world-famous sights.

NYU Los Angeles's commitments to sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion are reflected in our staff and faculty, our physical space, and our curricular and co-curricular programming.

Our aim is to help you make your time at NYULA the most rewarding experience it can be and to help you maximize LA’s unique opportunities as you launch your post-NYU career. We can’t wait to welcome you here!

Nina Sadowsky

Director of NYU Los Angeles

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Nina Sadowsky, Director of NYU Los Angeles