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Academic Options

UCLA offers several course types and programs that provide students a wide variey of academic options. 

Enrichment Courses 
  • Summer Discovery partners with UCLA Cultural and Recreational Affairs to offer non-credit enrichment courses, exclusively for our students, taught by UCLA faculty, graduate teaching instructors, industry professionals, and top secondary school teachers that meet 4 or 5 times weekly for 1.5-2 hours each. Students who choose this curriculum will take 1 morning and 1 afternoon enrichment course.

Comprehensive Academies 
  • Summer Discovery partners with several UCLA departments, including the Anderson School of Management, to offer intensive non-credit Academies, exclusively for our students, meeting 4 or 5 times a week, both morning and afternoon, for 2 hours each.

All students receive a Summer Discovery "Certificate of Completion" at the end of the program.

Choose one of the curriculum options below. Your choice indicates how you will spend your day academically during the program. You can choose to take 2 individual courses or a comprehensive full-day Academy in a specific subject area.

5 Weeks: 3 Week Option and 2 Week Session #2 Option

Students who choose this curriculum will take 2 Enrichment Courses or 1 Intensive Academy during the 3 week session and 2 Enrichment Courses or 1 Intensive Academy during 2 week session 2.

  • Summer Discovery partners with UCLA Cultural and Recreational Affairs to offer enrichment courses exclusively for our students.
  • Enrichment courses are taught by UCLA faculty, graduate teaching instructors, and top secondary school teachers and meet 4 or 5 times weekly for 1.5-2 hours. Class sizes average between 8-20 students. These courses are a great way for you to learn something interesting and develop new skills. Most have homework, papers, and/or tests and are graded Pass/No Pass. You will receive a Summer Discovery “Certificate of Completion” at the end of the program.

See our list of course options for this curriculum.

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3 Weeks: Digital Marketing & Social Media Academy

This program is a unique opportunity for high school students to partipate in an academic experience at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, sponsored by the Center for MEMES (Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports). Study at UCLA's top ranked graduate school of business, and learn from UCLA Anderson School of Management instructors and industry professionals. This academy is designed for high school students based on the UCLA Anderson School of Management's 6 week summer program for university students.

The Digital Marketing and Social Media intensive full-day academy will give students both the strategic framework and tactical approach to develop and execute goal-oriented digital marketing and advertising campaigns that enhance brands, create a buzz, and motivate desired consumer behavior. Students will learn strategies for how to use platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, mobile apps, online/display, search engine marketing, email, and more. Students will also learn about the various tools and software used to track and optimize campaign performance.

YouTube is now the world’s second largest search engine and the new TV platform for millennials. If Facebook were a country, it would be third in population size behind India and China. News breaks today not on CNN but rather on Twitter, where real-time user generated content exposes the next big story. Technology has created a seismic shift in the way media is consumed, and by extension the way marketers reach and engage consumers. The shift of advertising dollars away from traditional media to online platforms requires students learning marketing to be well-versed in digital marketing.

This 3 week intensive full-day program will provide a solid foundation in the key concepts around digital strategy, campaign execution, and measurement. Students will have the opportunity to examine these topics firsthand through reading, case studies, industry speakers, and hands-on projects.

Lecture topics include

  • User experience design
  • Email marketing
  • Social media and networks 
  • User generated content 
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Mobile marketing 
  • Geo targeting 
  • Web analytics / Measurement 

1 site visit is included. Past trips have been to:

  • YouTube Studios
  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • Maker Studios
  • Defy Media
  • Buzzfeed

This program meets daily (Monday - Thursday) morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Digital Marketing & Social Media Anderson Business Academy.

Students enrolled in the Digital Marketing & Social Media Academy @ the UCLA Anderson School of Management are not permitted to drop the course or change classes at any time once the program is selected.

You will receive a “Certificate of Completion” from UCLA Anderson School of Management at the end of the program.

$600 Supplemental Fee

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3 Weeks and 2 Weeks Session #2: 2 Enrichment Courses

Students who choose this curriculum will take 1 Morning and 1 Afternoon Enrichment Course.

  • Summer Discovery partners with UCLA Cultural and Recreational Affairs to offer enrichment courses exclusively for our students.
  • Enrichment courses are taught by UCLA faculty, graduate teaching instructors, and top secondary school teachers and meet 4 or 5 times weekly for 1.5-2 hours. Class sizes average between 8-20 students. These courses are a great way for you to learn something interesting and develop new skills. Most have homework, papers, and/or tests and are graded Pass/No Pass. You will receive a Summer Discovery “Certificate of Completion” at the end of the program.

See our list of course options for this curriculum.

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3 Weeks and 2 Weeks Session #2: Entertainment, Media, Sports

This program is a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in an academic experience at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, sponsored by the Center for MEMES (Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports) at UCLA's top ranked graduate school of business, and learn from UCLA Anderson School of Management instructors and industry professionals. This academy is designed for high school students based on the UCLA Anderson School of Management's 6 week summer program for university students.

The multi-billion dollar industries of entertainment, media, and sports have become increasingly global. This phenomenon is reflected in worldwide coverage of mega-events from the Olympics and the World Cup, to top-grossing movies and concerts of international superstars. Explore the evolution of these global trends this summer at the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports Academy. Through an introduction to concepts, analyses, and principles – this academy will help you understand the business aspects of entertainment, media, and sports.

Hands-on business exploration

During this Academy, gain insight into the ever-changing business of entertainment, media, and sports. Explore business frameworks including finance, marketing, strategy, and economics. Review case studies, meet with industry professionals, and examine the challenges that face these industries in our fast-paced global environment.

The goal of this academy is to help you

  • Build a framework for understanding entertainment and sports marketing strategies
  • Learn about key strategic issues across the entertainment and sports business landscape
  • Examine concepts and management principles unique to these industries
  • Appreciate the challenges involved in marketing and managing entertainment and sports in a world of rapidly changing technology

Lecture and discussion topics

  • Investment Decisions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Sponsorship 
  • New Technologies
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Decision Making
  • Business Strategy

Possible case studies and practical examples

  • Launching Jay-Z’s Decoded
  • Maria Sharapova: Marketing a Champion 
  • Warner Bros. Pictures: The Harry Potter Dilemma
  • Netflix: Valuing a New Business Model
  • YouTube: Time to Charge Users? 

1 SITE VISIT included. Past sessions have visited:

  • YouTube Studios
  • Dodger Stadium
  • Myspace 
  • Staples Center/LA Live
  • Sony
  • Paramount Studios

This full day intensive program meets daily (Monday - Thursday for the 3 Week Session, Monday - Friday for the 2 Week Sessions), both morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with The Business of Entertainment, Media & Sports Academy.

Students enrolled in The Business of Entertainment, Media, & Sports Academy @ the UCLA Anderson School of Management are not permitted to drop the course or change classes at any time once the program is selected.

You will receive a “Certificate of Completion” from UCLA Anderson School of Management at the end of the program.

$600 3 Week Supplemental Fee, $500 2 Week Supplemental Fee

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3 Weeks and 2 Weeks Session #2: Acting Academy

Acting and Auditioning for Film, TV, & Stage, in partnership with College to Career Acting (CTCA)

This full-day intensive acting academy has it all, delivering what feels like years of acting and industry experience in a 2 or 3 week course. Geared towards high school students who are serious about acting, the course develops the skills necessary to make it as a professional in the entertainment business. Each session will include lecture, performance time, and workshop experience with entertainment professionals.

Master the audition process, perfect your monologue, polish your resume, and learn about professional theater, TV, and film productions. Actors will use scenes and monologues to create a final performance that will be filmed and can be used for reels and an online presence. Guest speakers may include Casting Directors, Television Producers, Movie Directors, and Talent Agents. The 3 week program also features a field trip to an evening performance at the GEFFEN Theater, including a post-show conversation with the actors.

Created and taught by Wendy Kurtzman, Casting Director with over 35 years of experience, this course will give you everything you need to succeed from College to Career. Wendy is an Emmy-nominated casting director that launched Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon’s careers. She cast the blockbuster “Independence Day.”

For more information about CTCA, please visit: CTCActing.com

Day student option available for students from the LA area. Please contact our office to apply. 

Part I: Theater

The College Audition

  • Master the audition process for Performing Arts Colleges and/or Conservatories
  • Craft two contrasting monologues and TWO 16-32 bar song selections
  • Create a professional resume

The Professional Theater

  • Learn how a play is chosen and where professionals find the material
  • Explore what casting looks like for musical theater versus a play

Part II: Television + Film

Auditioning for Television

  • Cold reading and prepared reading techniques
  • On-camera technique
  • Mock auditions
  • Marketing for the actor and online presence

Exercises

  • Writing character breakdown for your assigned role
  • Pitch: Creating conversation that compels
  • The art of “Slating” for the camera
  • Dealing with nerves…how to make them work for you, not against you

Part III: Feature Film + Digital Showcase

Auditioning for Feature Film

  • What to expect from a reader, casting director, the audition room, and feedback
  • NYC vs. LA – key differences and your best option
  • The art of the “one-liner”

Exercises

  • Self-taping
  • Auditioning with material from feature films
  • A final performance that will be taped for their reel. Students are cast in various roles based on age and type and are filmed to create a video showcase

The Acting Academy is designed for students completing grades 10, 11, and 12, who have experience in acting, want to further enhance their talents, and learn the art of auditioning for high school, college, and beyond. Exceptional 9th graders will be considered for acceptance.

This program meets daily (Monday - Thursday for 3 Weeks, Monday - Friday for 2 Weeks), both morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Acting Academy.

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3 Weeks and 2 Weeks Session #2: Screenwriting Academy

Why not try your hand at becoming the next great screenwriter? This intensive program will teach you the important concepts of screenwriting: structure, formatting, character development, plot and subplot, arc and dialogue. Workshop sessions will focus on the elements of writing scripts that film and/or television studios will love. Professionally written successful (and unsuccessful) scripts will be dissected. Have your work critiqued by, and brainstorm with professional Hollywood producers, screenwriters and fellow students as you create a screenplay draft by the end of the session. The program is coordinated by a former writer for the Walt Disney Co., a graduate of the UCLA School for Theater, Film & Television, and author of 2 screenplays currently under development with major Hollywood Studios.

Field trips to film and television studios and in-class screenings are an integral part of the program. These screenings, depicting traditional three-act structure will be used to analyze and provide a better understanding of how a script is crafted, created and assembled. Write your way to self-discovery (and perhaps a little fame) in this intensive hands on program. Please note some R rated films will be shown.

This program meets daily (Monday - Thursday for 3 Weeks, Monday - Friday for 2 Weeks), both morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Screenwriting Academy.

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3 Weeks and 2 Weeks Session #2: Cooking & Baking Academy

Join us in the kitchen for this delicious hands-on cooking course. Learn side-by-side with professional instructors and experience a taste of a career in the culinary industry or just learn for yourself and friends at home. No experience necessary. Program includes all food and equipment.

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3 Weeks and 2 Weeks Session #2: Community Service Academy

Make a difference in California! Volunteer at UCLA, and around suburban Los Angeles and earn 40-45 of community service hours. Enjoy priceless opportunities working organizations that serve families, schools and the underserved of Los Angeles. Service opportunities in past years have included: the Venice Boys and Girls Club mentoring underprivileged kids, restoring the beautiful coastline with “Heal The Bay,” preparing and serving a meal for the families staying at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, help build an edible gardens in local schools with Enrich LA and work with other organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Midnight Mission, LA Food Bank and United Cerebral Palsy. All of these factors add up to a rewarding and worthwhile summer.

This program meets daily (Monday - Thursday for 3 Weeks, Monday - Friday for 2 Weeks), both morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with Community Service Academy.

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2 Weeks Sessions #1 and 2: UCLA Bruin Leadership Academies

This program combines leadership and a choice of sport, entertainment, or entrepreneurship into one hands-on, meaningful opportunity where students develop the skills to become strong leaders in the community. All students take one week of Leadership Development and one week of the specific area they choose. 

Leadership Development:

The Bruin Leaders Project (BLP) is UCLA's nationally renowned campus-sponsored leadership development program. It is a hands-on, seminar-based, leadership development program that strives to make its participants better students, better leaders, and better citizens. The seminars offered cover a wide range of topics, from public speaking to conflict resolution and diversity to communication skills.

Choose one of the following:

  1. Sport Leadership
    Week two examines some of the most controversial and influential leaders in sport. This class will examine a variety of topics from ideas of fair play, competitive balance, the role of competition and sports’ role in society. This class will pull from examples of leaders in sport, for example: how the embattled NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell has handled the variety of issues that have confronted the NFL under his leadership including player concussions, domestic violence, Deflategate, Bountygate and Spygate; how FIFA’s reputation has come under fire in recent years during Sepp Blatter’s leadership; how legendary John Wooden became arguably the most successful coach in history while leading UCLA to 10 national championships in basketball in 12 years; and the role that athletes, like Colin Kaepernick, Mohammed Ali and Jackie Robinson share in representing and championing social issues.
  2. Entertainment Industry Leadership
    Week two examines how industry elites have shaped the role that entertainment and media play in our society. This class will explore: how media moguls like Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner built their media empires; why Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post; how the Hollywood elite have made decisions on topics like casting, representation of cultural heritage on screen or how to portray difficult political or social realities. 
  3. Entrepreneurship Leadership
    Week two explores the role that visionary leadership plays in some of the most successful recent entrepreneur endeavors. Elon Musk changed how we travel with the founding of Tesla. Peter Thiel changed how we participate in online commerce through the creation of PayPal. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs put a computer in every home. Mark Zuckerberg revolutionized how people socialize with his vision of Facebook. This class will examine case studies on some of the most influential entrepreneurs’ strategies, values, risks and ultimately their results.

This program meets daily Monday - Friday for 2 Weeks, both morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the UCLA Bruin Leadership Academy.

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2 Weeks Sessions #1 and 2: Computer Programming Academy

Looking to build your own mobile app or website? Want to learn the basics to create video games or the next great invention? This intensive two week academy looks to develop the basic skills necessary to make it in the world of computer programming. By 2020, experts predict that there will be 1 million more jobs in computer science and engineering than students graduating in high technology degrees. Get a head start as you learn computer programming in Python and JavaScript. 

This program meets daily Monday - Friday for 2 Week, both morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Computer Programming Academy.

Students must bring their own laptop for class.

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2 Weeks Sessions #1 and 2: College Admissions & SAT Prep

Choosing the right college is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever have to make. Students must navigate the college admissions process and prepare to take the SATs - it's a stressful process and we want to help you make it easier. 

Join us for this preparatory academy and the counselors at Collegewise, the nation's largest college counseling organization, will help you identify and apply to the right college. Learn from the experts at the Princeton Review about how to maximize your SAT scores. As part of this academy you will also attend information sessions and campus tours at UCLA and USC.

Collegewise college counselors will help you navigate the college admissions process with their extensive experience. Learn how to research and compile your best fit college list and write essays to present yourself in the best light. Feel more prepared for your future with professional guidance.

college admissions topics covered

  • Overview of the elements of the admissions process 
  • How to research and compile your best fit college list
  • Creating a meaningful personal statement 
  • Crafting your activities, academics, and accomplishments
  • Writing essays to present you in your most compelling light 

additional college counseling benefits

  • A personal college consultation before the start of the program 
  • Access to informational webinars throughout the admissions cycle 
  • Two 60 minute sessions with a Collegewise counselor after the program to address your specific questions and goals (either live or via Skype)

When it comes to taking the SAT, learn from the experts at the Princeton Review. Certified instructors lead classes focused in test-taking strategy that will teach you exactly how to tackle each question you encounter. Improve your SAT Score with the experts at The Princeton Review. Learn SAT test taking strategies and improve your score. 

SAT INFORmation

  • 15 hours of targeted in-class instruction from an expert
  • 3 scheduled, proctored practice tests to gain authentic testing experience
  • Additional practice tests available in your online student dashboard (23 total)
  • Princeton Review's exclusive Recommendation Engine that customizes a lesson plan for YOU based on your drills, quizzes and more

Additional post-summer SAT Benefits

  • FREE access to the Princeton Review's online SAT tools
  • FREE online self-paced ACT course
  • Access to the Princeton Review's best-fit college search program
  • Access to extensive admissions/financial resources at PrincetonReview.com

This program meets daily Monday - Friday for 2 Week, both morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the College Admissions & SAT Prep Academy.

$595 supplemental fee includes all online tools, books and classroom materials. Students must bring their own TI Calculator.

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2 Weeks Sessions #1 and 2: Discovery English Academy

Improve your English while immersed in American culture. Discovery English helps international students improve English skills for academic success. Build confidence in communicating in English. Develop critical thinking skills. Two levels are available.

EXPRESS ENGLISH

(For low-intermediate studentsA2 to low B1; IELTS below 4.0)

In this 2 week intensive course, students review and expand use of grammar in a communicative and nurturing environment. Build vocabulary and phrasal verb knowledge and usage while improving speaking, listening, pronunciation, reading, and writing skills.

ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY SUCCESS 

(For intermediate and upper-intermediate students high B1 to B2; IELTS 4.0-5.5)

This 2 week intensive course helps prepare students for university success while expanding the four grammar skills. Students learn how to conduct academic research, write effective essays with a thesis statement, and develop critical thinking skills. Active listening and note-taking skills necessary for university success are practiced, as well as building college-level vocabulary for group discussions. Test-taking strategies for TOEFL and IELTS are also included in this dynamic course.

Double your Discovery

Continue your experience by adding on a two week enrichment program. Choose from business, programming, college prep, global leadership, and more at CU-Boulder, Georgetown, or Pace NYC.

2 week session: $4,899      4 week combo: $8,199

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2 Weeks Session #2: Sports Business Academy

This program is a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in an academic experience at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, sponsored by the Center for MEMES (Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports). Study at UCLA's top ranked graduate school of business, and learn from UCLA Anderson School of Management instructors and industry professionals. This academy is designed for high school students based on the UCLA Anderson School of Management's 6 week summer program for university students.

Gain insight into the ever-changing business of sports and an appreciation for the unique challenges involved in managing sports business enterprises. Explore business frameworks including finance, marketing, strategy, and economics. Review case studies, meet with industry professionals, and examine the challenges that face these industries in our fast-paced global environment. Through an introduction to concepts, analyses, and principles, this program will challenge you with a wide-array of sports business oriented curriculum, help you understand the business and management of sports, and provide you with behind the scenes visits to L.A.’s famous arenas and stadiums. 

LECTURE TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Live Event Production
  • Sports Reporting
  • Sports Ethics
  • Sports Leagues
  • Sports Law
  • Sports Technology
  • Sports Fan Experience

1 SITE VISIT included. past sessions have visited:

  • Dodger Stadium
  • Staples Center/LA Live
  • Rose Bowl
  • Stub Hub Center

This intensive full-day program meets daily, morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Sports Business program. 

Students enrolled in the Sports Business Academy are not permitted to drop the course or change classes at any time.

You will receive a “Certificate of Completion” from UCLA Anderson School of Management at the end of the program.

$500 Supplemental Fee

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2 Weeks Session #2: Hollywood Insider Academy

Are you obsessed with Extra, TMZ, Access Hollywood, and The Insider? If so, this course instructs you in finding and reporting headline stories in the entertainment capital of the world! Learn the difference between “hard news” and “soft news infotainment.” Write articles and interviews for a class newspaper or blog as you keep on top of entertainment news. 

This program meets daily Monday - Friday for 2 Week, both morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Hollywood Insider Academy.

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3 Weeks: UCLA - Middle School Enrichment

Learn more about our Jr. Discovery Middle School Enrichment Program for student completing grades 6, 7 and 8.

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