The Duke in LA program is an intensive, immersive academic and pre-professional semester focused on the arts, entertainment, media, and cultural studies. The program includes seminars taught by Duke faculty, classes at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and an internship. Students enrolled in the program make connections in a range of creative fields through alumni-hosted career dinners, professional development events, awards shows and movie premieres, festival screenings and studio tours. The program brings distinguished speakers to the classroom from film, television, music, visual and performing arts, and gaming fields. As part of their coursework, students produce a documentary project and completes an academic paper designed to link theory with practice.