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Applications are now being accepted with rolling admissions.

To apply, click the “Apply now” button, which will direct you to UGA’s Office of International Education’s GoAbroad Portal.  That is where all domestic field study and study abroad program applications are housed. If you have any questions about the application process or deadlines, contact Rebekah Ryan, Grady College distance learning coordinator, at

Students attend an outdoor screening of The Princess Bride in Los Angeles, California. Grady LA Summer 2017.

Academic Program 2018

Grady LA Field Study and Internship Program operates in Summer I and Summer II terms each summer. For summer 2018, students are to arrive in LA on Saturday June 2, 2018 and depart from LA on Saturday July 28, 2018.

Program Credits

Students on the Grady LA field Study Program will receive 6 upper-level elective credit hours. Three of these credit hours will be obtained through the student’s internship, and the other three will be earned through the Industry Studies course.


Students participating on the Grady LA Field Study and Internship Program are responsible for finding their own internships for the summer, with the assistance and direction of the Program Director and Faculty. Once accepted to the program, students should be proactive in seeking out and applying for internships as instructed by the Program Director to ensure that they have obtained an internship by the beginning of the program.

Students will intern Monday through Friday of each week while in LA and attend class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Program Eligibility

This program is only available to current Grady College majors. Students must have completed their Grady intro courses prior to the program’s start date in order to be considered.

Summer 2017 Grady LA participants after a historic tour of famous Los Angeles theatres in downtown Los Angeles.

Program Costs

Students are responsible for two sets of fees on all field studies programs: Tuition + Program Fee. In-state tuition for six credit hours of study (3 internship, 3 industry studies course) are billed to your UGA student account in addition to mandatory university fees. If you are a HOPE recipient, these funds may be applied to your tuition costs.

The program fee is a separate fee that will show up on your UGA student account that covers the costs of attendance on the Grady LA program. See below for a list of all that may be included in the program fee.

The program costs vary from year to year depending on number of students enrolled, fluctuation in lodging costs, and logistical changes to the program. The total cost for Summer 2018 hasn’t been determined at this time and is subject to change slightly from what is advertised to students in the Fall. For Summer 2017, the PROGRAM FEE was $3,065  (this includes the $500 security deposit paid upon acceptance to the program).

**out of state students will be subject to an additional $250 out of state student fee but will be charged IN-STATE tuition**

The program fee listed above included the following:

  • 8 weeks lodging in fully-furnished apartments at Oakwood Apartments at Toluca Hills.
  • Opening and Closing dinners
  • Program related excursions and activities (ex. Studio tours, unique movie experiences, etc.)
  • Some program related faculty expenses
  • Miscellaneous minor program related expenses

The program fee listed above DOES NOT include:

  • 6 hours of in-state tuition and UGA Mandatory fees ($1,908 (before financial aid) + $548 for Summer 2018).
  • Roundtrip airfare/rental car expenses/transportation expenses/etc. (students will need to have their own reliable transportation with them during the summer.. Some students decide to rent a car when they arrive in LA, others drive their personal vehicles to LA, some use uber or taxi services as their primary mode of transportation in LA)
  • Meals
  • Personal Purchases
  • Miscellaneous expenses
Dr. James Hamilton, Program Director

Program Director

Dr. James Hamilton has been the director of the Grady LA Field Study and Internship Program since Fall 2016. Dr. Hamilton teaches cultural, critical and historical approaches to media studies. He holds an appointment to the Graduate Faculty. Dr. Hamilton has taught First-Year Seminars and in the Grady@Oxford study abroad program.

Prior to joining the Grady College, Dr. Hamilton taught at the State University of New York College at Geneseo, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and at the University of Iowa. In addition, he has worked as a copywriter for Corporate Communications at Microsoft Corp., and as a training coordinator at the law firm of Piper & Marbury L.L.P.

Program Faculty

Dr. Kate Fortmueller teaches courses in media studies and media writing. Her research focuses on media industry studies with an emphasis on labor.

Dr. Fortmueller’s courses are designed to help students understand the relationship between media studies and media making while giving them a fuller understanding of media histories. Prior to teaching in Grady College, she taught in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and at Fairfield University

Dr. Kate Fortmueller, Program Faculty
Andres Rosende, Program Assistant

Program Assistant

Andres Rosende received a BA in film studies from Universidad Complutense of Madrid and an MFA from Columbia University. His films have played at festivals around the globe including Cannes, Sitges, Cleveland, South by Southwest, Fantasia, The Friars Club and LACMA Young Director’s Night. Andrés has received many awards including the DGA for best Latin short for Escape (IV)(2010), the more than 35 for Mr.Bear (I)(2011) and the Fantastic Fest – Mercado Fantastico Gold Award for best feature in development for The Turned.

Andres has been a part of the Grady LA Field Study and internship Program since its inception.

Program Coordinator

Rebekah Ryan has been Grady College’s distance learning coordinator since August 2016. She earned a bachelor of arts in public health from Georgia College and State University in 2011 and a master of arts in public relations from the University of Georgia in 2016. As the distance learning coordinator, Rebekah is the point of contact for all of Grady College’s study abroad and domestic field study programs.

Tel: 706-542-4181


Office: Room 311A- Journalism Building

Rebekah Ryan, Distance Learning Coordinator

More Domestic Field Study & Study Abroad Opportunities

Learn more about Grady College’s domestic field study and study abroad programs, and also find information about other Grady courses taught abroad. If you have any questions, contact Rebekah Ryan, Grady College distance learning coordinator, at, 706-542-4181, Office 311-A- Journalism Building.

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