(Rendering courtesy of Thom Mayne, Morphosis Architects
Emerson College has long enjoyed a starring role in Hollywood, counting among its graduates Denis Leary, Henry Winkler, and Jay Leno.
Now, more juniors and seniors at the Theater District college will have an opportunity to study and intern in Tinseltown as they work toward their degrees: Emerson is set to break ground Thursday, March 8 on a new Los Angeles academic facility.
The 102,360-square-foot building, at the corner of iconic Sunset Boulevard and Gordon Street, will unite living quarters, audition and classroom space under one roof, the college said.
When it's completed in 2014, it is expected to accommodate 220 students.
In addition to studying and living in the hub of the film and entertainment industry, students work as interns in production, writing, new media, film editing, publicity and other assignments.
Emerson is creatiing a permanent home for its Los Angeles program more than two decades after it established a semester-long internship program there. Currently, the program is housed in rented space in Burbank and enrolls about 100 students, who live in rental apartments nearby.
Building a new facility "shows a commitment to academic excellence and to the entertainment industry," said Emerson spokeswoman Carole McFall.