FA/FILM 3375: Learning from Los Angeles: History of the Image and the Image of History

Instructor: Professor Kenneth Rogers, krogers1@yorku.ca  Prerequisites? None
Course Dates: July 1st - 31st, 2020 Open to Non-Majors? With permission of course director


Learning from LA Poster

Course Overview

Learning from Los Angeles is a study-abroad course that will explore the fantastic histories, myths, and contradictions of the first modern media city, and the image it fashioned for itself.  As an experiential field course, it will blend screenings, readings, and field trips to focus on a variety of themes and topics about the city and its histories.

While exploring the gilded legends from the silent to the studio era, the course will simultaneously take a street view of Los Angeles and connect students with the many communities and cultural organizations committed to its unknown and forgotten histories such as the LA Urban Rangers; the LAPD (Los Angeles Poverty Department); The Center for Land Use Interpretation; and the LA River Revitalization Project.

Program Highlights:

  • Work with industry leaders from:
    • RSA Films,
    • Hollywood Foreign Press Association
    • KCET Public Television
  • Get behind the scenes with tours, including:
    • La Film Noir tour
    • Gower/Sunset Studios,
    • High Dessert Test Sites
    • LA Kite Festival
    • Betto Acros National public Radio

FA/FILM 3375: Learning from LA Course Syllabus

Taking a ride on the historic "Angel's Flight" Students workshopping a new segment for NPR in the live studio, visiting the tape vault from KPFK that holds Pacifica radio recordings dating back to 1949, including the original radio console. Betto Arcos, world music radio host from KPFK-FM Radio, NPR and BBC News gives students a tour of the oldest public radio station on Los Angeles, KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles / 98.7 FM Santa Barbara Students pitch their digital content ideas for a PBS documentary called "Night Shift" to the film's Director David Grabias. Dina Sarhan, Make Studio, lectures on Disney and California vernacular architecture at The Grove. Betto Arcos' music salon Kristin Grant, CEO of Westcott Multimedia, gives students insights into the future of the streaming music industry at a Santa Monica Cafe — in Los Angeles, California. Slide Students pitch their digital content ideas for a PBS documentary called "Night Shift" to the film's Director David Grabias.

Program fee: CAD $2,300-3,200

  • Includes:
    • Accommodation
    • Excursions/Field activities
    • Welcome Reception
    • guard.me® Health Insurance
  • Not Included
    • Airfare to and from Los Angeles
    • Tuition fee (payable to York University)
    • Any personal expenses

*Subject to change, program fees will depend on the final number of participants

Financial support 

All participants of this course will receive the York International Mobility Award (YIMA) upon completion of the Pre-Departure Training and Travel Risk Requirements.

Expression of Interest
Spots are limited! To express your interest, email yuabroad@yorku.ca with your name, student number, year level and explanation of why you would like to take this course.

Deposits and Deadlines 
AFTER you've received approval, you will need to fully secure a spot in this course by submitting a non-refundable deposit of $500 to York International (Located in 200 York Lanes, Mon-Fri 9am-4pm).

  • Deposit ($500) - Due: February 21, 2020
  • Outstanding program fee

PLEASE NOTE: We only accept Visa, Mastercard, and debit. No cash or cheques.

Pre-Departure Training and Risk Management Information Session
Attending a Pre-Departure Session is mandatory for all YorkU students participating in the FA/FILM 3375: Learning from Los Angeles. York International provides pre-departure training to York students who are scheduled to participate in global learning programs (exchange, internships and other short-term programs). Content covered at Pre-Departure Sessions include:

  1. Travel preparations (research about destination, flight, accommodation arrangements)
  2. Risk Management (waiver, emergency contact card, Registration of Canadians abroad)
  3. Guard.me® Insurance
  4. Funding and Finances
  5. Inter-cultural awareness

York Students traveling abroad for international programs are required to purchase Guard.me® insurance.To ensure safety and well-being of York students traveling abroad, York University has developed a partnership with Guard.me® Insurance. It provides comprehensive insurance coverage and benefits that are in the best interest of the students and the university at-large. Guard.me® covers medical, emergency, evacuation, and 3rd party liability, among others. Please read the guard.me® benefit summary for more information. Students must register directly with guard.me®.

More information on registration will be outlined in the link below.



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For further information, please contact:

Marierose Talla
Go Global Project Assistant, York International