Audiences and Fandom in Los Angeles

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Final year Film Studies students enrolled on the Audiences and Fandom (FILM3409) module are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 50 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Students will have the opportunity to visit Hollywood and experience the Los Angeles metropolitan area, immersing themselves in specific media fan cultures that are studied on the module.

The primary purpose of the trip is to visit WonderCon, a major fan convention that demonstrates a wide range of the concepts and practices we discuss on the Audiences and Fandom module. The visit is coupled with related activities that will encourage students to reflect on their own identities as film and media fans while in Los Angeles.

Following that, students will explore issues and practices associated with fan tourism by visiting key sites of this including the Paramount Pictures studio lot, the Hollywood sign, the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars are held, the Paramount Forever cemetery and so forth. These visits will enable students to gather data from the fan communities they meet, which will ultimately feed into their assessed work on the module.

Cultural activities

Students will also accompany the module leader on two optional hikes in the Hollywood hills, on which they will discuss the geography of the LA area that they see and its relationship to the development of the entertainment industries. A visit to the Griffith Observatory will conclude one of these hikes

Students can use the remainder of their time to visit fan pilgrimage sites, including Universal Studios, Disneyland, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood sign, Paramount Pictures and the Hollywood Forever cemetery. Alternatively, students could explore other cultural activities and centres in Los Angeles, such as the Getty Centre, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Walt Disney concert hall, the Bradbury building and the UCLA campus.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Friday 3 April 2020
  • Return date: Monday 13 April 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £1100
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food & drink, visa/ESTA and convention ticket
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 21 October 2019 9am