ACA @ UCLA
Project endeavor Hollywood
Filmmaking & Acting
You’re Ready for Hollywood!
Home to the entertainment industry, the City of Angels is the perfect setting for the ultimate summer experience. Here, you’ll explore your passion for film production, screenwriting, acting, and directing! It’s a summer that’s sure to be filled with new friends and unforgettable experiences all right in the heart of the world’s most famous film capital. Project Endeavor is partnered with The Sidney Poitier New American Film School.
Lights, camera, Los Angeles! From oscar winning actors to the world’s biggest talent agencies, film fame is everywhere. Industry experts will give you a sneak preview to the art of acting, and cinematic crafts like screenwriting, directing, graphics & animation and more! Show off your creativity and hone your talents while getting an inside look on film industry related careers that will help you build confidence for your college career. You’ll have access to professional level equipment and facilities to create collaborative projects.
Visit Red Carpet movie premieres, tv tapings, Studio Tours, and more! Gain insight on the industry from lectures hosted by celebrity writers, directors and actors. Discover the glamour of Hollywood, and learn the secrets for breaking into the biz. You’ll leave with stars in your eyes and a bright start to a future filled with fame and success!
2024 Dates & Tuition
July 7 - July 19
July 19 - July 24 $1695
San Fran Extension
Transportation is not included in tuition.
July 8 - July 18 $2995
Classes run Monday through Saturday.
Safety & Supervision
ACA has always been committed to absolute safety for every student. We maintain a ten-to-one student-to-staff ratio – one of the lowest in the industry – to ensure everyone gets the unmatched attention and unique personalized programs they deserve.
As part of our commitment to student safety, ACA staff members live on student-occupied floors, and accompany students on all activities and excursions. ACA takes care to use private transportation for our weekday activities and weekend adventure trips – never public transportation.
The Residence Hall at UCLA adds an additional element of security, as well. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day with trained personnel for your comfort and convenience.
Travel to Los Angeles*
We recommend that students fly nonstop to Los Angeles (LAX) International Airport. There they will be met by ACA staff members, who will escort them to comfortable, air-conditioned shuttles for the drive to UCLA’s campus.
Of course, parents are also welcome to drive students to ACA directly. Contact our office for further information on any of these travel options.
*Transportation is not included in tuition.
ACA offers a commuter option for students who do not require accommodations. Commuter students join the program Monday through Saturday from approximately 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM.
Please Note: Lunch is included in the cost of tuition.
Participate in lectures from celebrity writers, directors and actors. Enjoy visits to Red Carpet movie premieres, tv tapings and Studio Tours. You’ll have access to professional level equipment and facilities, plus film and television sound stages, as well as advanced editing technology like Avid and Final Cut Pro Suites to create collaborative projects.
Create a short film and learn the techniques and methods of your chosen course and working with your group to take it from storyboard to studio to screen. When it’s time for the big premiere, you’ll showcase your final project in a high-definition theater!
Project Endeavor is partnered with The Sidney Poitier New American Film School.
You will be able to one of the following options for your stay in Hollywood:
Whether you want to make compelling documentaries or blockbuster feature films, you need to understand the basics before anyone yells, “Action!” This high-altitude introduction lets students actually make a film while learning all aspects of filmmaking. Express your own creative vision by producing professional quality digital films using industry-standard gear and bring them to the big screen.
You’ll also get a private tour of Warner Brothers Studios backlot to see a Hollywood production in action, and then a special lunch in the private WB restaurant – and you never know who you might see! In the past students have seen Liam Hemsworth, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Ellen, Dwayne Johnson, Mario Lopez, Ben Savage, and more. Who knows, you might be on your way to becoming the next Spielberg!
The Sidney Poitier New American Film School
One of the largest, most inclusive film schools in the country, The Sidney Poitier New American Film School inspires the next generation of diverse filmmakers and storytellers. Sidney Poitier is a national hero and international icon. His talents and character have defined ethical, inclusive and powerful work in filmmaking. This is also a full-circle moment. Poitier is the first Black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in the 1963 film “Lilies of the Field,” which was set and shot in Arizona – as was “Stir Crazy,” the blockbuster comedy with which Poitier became the first Black director to helm a film that grossed over $100 million. The school’s commitment to excellence and inclusion and carry forward Sidney Poitier’s legacy through the lives of the thousands of students who will learn their craft and strengthen their voice at the Sidney Poitier New American Film School.
Accommodations in LA
Los Angeles is home to countless celebrities, and now you can call it home, too! Located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, UCLA gives you all the excitement! You’ll live, study, and play at UCLA with an amazing group of like-minded creative students and resident advisors in dorm-style housing. We pride ourselves on the fact that our residential amenities, top-quality food service and fitness facilities offer our students the very best.
Staying at Los Angles has its privileges, which is why so many celebrities call it home. You’ll kick back in comfort at UCLA, enjoying safe, clean and comfortable dorms with in-suite bathrooms, internet access and are for ACA only. These rooms definitely serve up cool California style!
Choices, choices, choices! Breakfast and dinner at the on-campus dining facility during the week feature a wonderful choice of kitchen-fresh entrees, a selection of side dishes, fruit, vegetables, salad bar, beverage bar, desserts, and fresh-baked breads and pastries. For lunch, you’ll have many options that let you enjoy favorite restaurants in Westwood. On weekends and occasional weeknights, you’ll be able to take advantage of ACA’s exclusive Dining-on-the-Town-Plan. It lets you choose great dining-out options at a variety of ACA-selected restaurants – and it’s included in your tuition! Your tuition includes includes three meals Monday to Friday and brunch & dinner on weekends.
Around Town & Beyond
With the Pacific Coast in the background, Southern California offers something for everyone, and the Westwood area is packed with plenty to do. Evening and weekends are yours to enjoy. Head to the beach, check out the Santa Monica Pier, or gaze at the stars from Griffith Observatory. You will have the opportunity to socialize and build friendships while you enjoy the fun and excitement of Los Angeles’ nightlife. Many popular hangouts are located just steps from campus, and the welcoming crowd of lively locals and visitors creates an unforgettable energy!
Some activities include:
- Soak up the sun at Santa Monica Beach and jump the truly gnarly waves
- Get to know UCLA at its best during ACA’s welcome scavenger hunt!
- You have some big shoes to fill as you walk among the stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
- See how your hands and feet compare to Hollywood elites like Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, and Robert Downey Jr. in front of Mann Chinese Theater
- Gaze up at the Hollywood sign as you browse the fashionable boutiques on Melrose Street
- LA comes to life at the Universal City Walk. Grab a bite at one of the famous restaurants and then hit the trendy shops, all set under the beautiful California stars.
- Catch the sunset at Palisades Park; it doesn’t get much more iconic LA than this
- Savor a latte while exploring the scene on the famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard
- Ride the dazzling Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier
- Sunset hikes, karaoke nights, bowling, mini golf, bonfires and more exciting activities and events are all part of your summer with ACA!
The Finest Fitness Facilities
You’ll have access to state-of-the-art workout facilities such as the renowned John Wooden Center and plenty of other athletic and recreational options during your stay. You can lace up your running shoes for a jog on campus, or hit the gym to pump some iron or get moving on an elliptical trainer. Outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts and plenty of other options are sure to keep you busy. Of course, a game of touch football or a little Frisbee is always a campus classic. One of the most exciting things about LA is you never know who you may run into whether it’s Kobe Bryant shooting hoops in the Wooden Center or Real Madrid practicing out on the soccer fields.
You will have time to take advantage of all the outstanding options available at the John Wooden Center, which include:
Indoor Jogging Track
Santa monica & venice
Venice Beach– LA’s most iconic beach known for its bohemian spirit, Venice is a buzzing beach town. Free-spirited Venice Boardwalk is the site of funky shops, street performers and colorful murals. There’s also a skate park and Muscle Beach outdoor gym
Abbot Kinney– Abbot Kinney Boulevard features foodie hot spots, stylish boutiques and coffee bars.
Santa Monica Pier– A favorite for Hollywood movie scenes, this California icon comes alive at night. Take a ride on the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel or stop by the famed aquarium to get nose-to-nose with the ocean’s most fearsome predators!
Third Street Promenade– The world-famous strip features designer boutiques and award-winning restaurants, all in the heart of Santa Monica. The outdoor mall is full of colorful street entertainers and dancers enjoying perfect California weather.
Go Behind-The-Scenes Of The Largest and Busiest Motion Picture and TV Studio In The World. Get Ready For The Ultimate Hollywood Experience!
*Please Note: Universal Studios replaces the day trip to Santa Monica & Venice for students who select this excursion (Supplemental fee)
San Francisco Extension
Add 5 days to your Californian Adventure
Add to your SoCal experience and explore the wonders of San Francisco and the Bay area! (supplemental tuition required)
You’ll remain in the secure company of trusted ACA staff members, as well as many of the friends you’ve made on your ACA program. Of course, you’ll also enjoy the comfortable accommodations and superior guidance you’ve come to expect from ACA.
From the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge to the natural beauty of Muir Woods, the City by the Bay is no doubt one of the prettiest on the Pacific, if not all of America! And for things to do, San Francisco is second to none.
What Alumni are Saying
"Project Endeavor Hollywood was unbelievable! I love my new friends and definitely all the staff! I am so glad that i was able to experience it!"
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