Media audiences and fandom in Los Angeles – Wonder Con

Ref: 10002703


Third year BA Film Studies and BA Media and Communication students enrolled on the MEDS3401 Audiences and Fandom module are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 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 on this module 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 focus of the trip is to visit WonderCon, an internationally renowned fan convention, where thousands of fans of various media franchises gather to celebrate their favoured productions. 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.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and seek advice from important media industry figures at the convention, while their engagement with international fan cultures will add a more global perspective to their work on media audiences and fandom.

During their time in Los Angeles students will gather data that will inform their assessed essay, and to develop their thinking about the ways in which media cultures are consumed, experienced, lived and celebrated around the world. They will be responsible for producing their own itinerary from a list of possible activities relating to fan culture, which focuses on their learning on the module. These include visits to fan ‘pilgrimage’ sites, such as a tour of Universal Studios, Disneyland, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grumman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Cultural activities

The key component of the trip is the visit to the three-day fan convention, but students will also produce their own itinerary from a list of possible activities which focus on their learning on the module.

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.

Students will also be free to 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: Thursday 28 March 2019
  • Return date: Friday 5 April 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £900
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food and drink, visa (if applicable) and convention ticket
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: CLOSED