UT Austin in Los Angeles

Denius Center
About UTLA

UTLA introduces students to the working world of the entertainment industry. Through a combination of internships, immersive experiential learning, courses taught by working professionals, and guest lectures by industry experts, students gain the skills, confidence, and contacts needed to make it in film, television, music, and media. UTLA prepares students for Hollywood, giving them a sense of where and what the jobs are, who to call, and how to present themselves. The UTLA program translates theory into reality, enabling students to launch their careers and offering real-world support as they begin their journeys.

Established in 2005 with just seven students, the UTLA program has since helped close to 2,000 UT students pursue their passions in the entertainment capital of the world.

The UTLA Program is open to all UT majors. Students may apply to participate during the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

Frequently asked questions

The Wofford Denius UTLA Center for Entertainment and Media Studies

In 2017, The Cain Foundation made a historic investment in the Moody College of Communication to create the Wofford Denius UTLA Center for Entertainment and Media Studies. The expanded center enables more students from across The University of Texas at Austin to live, work and learn in Los Angeles, and creates a strong link between Austin and the media and entertainment industries in Hollywood.

UTLA center

The facility in Burbank allows for additional support, resources, and space to accommodate UTLA students. The Denius Center builds on Moody College’s history of innovative partnerships with the entertainment industry and leverages the highly ranked standing of its Department of Radio-Television-Film.

Wofford Denius (B.B.A., ’74), chairman of the Cain Foundation, moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a music attorney. “I hope this program will enable students to discover and pursue their passions and dreams by exposing them to the numerous opportunities available in the ever-growing and evolving world of entertainment.”

Contact us

UTLA Staff in Los Angeles

Mira Lippold-Johnson

Mira Lippold-Johnson
UTLA Program Director

Amy Lasser

Amy Lasser
UTLA Program Manager

Jill Young
UTLA Student Success Coordinator


Mia Mallory
UTLA Senior Administrative Associate


UTLA Staff in Austin

Michael Wilson
Assistant Dean, Professional Programs
Executive Director UTLA & UTNY

Lane Mann
UTLA Senior Program Coordinator