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Film & Media Studies Trips
to Los Angeles

Nothing can match the allure of LA and Hollywood for Film & Media Studies students; the heart of America’s film and media industry offers a diverse range of visits to suit everyone. 

Your students can take a trip behind the scenes at a number of the major film studios; Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. all have locations here. Visit the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars® and indulge students in their star struck and superfan inner-self and take them on a Movie Stars Homes Tour or stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Finally, take your students skills to the next level at an expert-led workshop in everything from cinematography and film making to editing.

In short a trip to LA can be packed with thrilling, glamorous, action-packed adventures to inspire and dazzle your budding filmmakers and media moguls. School trips to Los Angeles are simply unforgettable and create amazing long-lasting memories.


Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4 & 5

Media Representations: The ways in which the media re-present (rather than simply present) the world.

Media Industries: The impact of production processes, personnel and technologies on the final product.

Media Audiences: How media organisations categorise audiences.

Prices start from£1665pp

Popular itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Check in to UK airport for flight to Los Angeles Arrive and transfer to your accommodation Evening meal
2 Full day at Universal Studios Evening meal at Universal, transfer back to hotel
3 Warner Bros Studio Tour Workshop at New York Film Academy Evening meal
4 Guided Tour of Hollywood including, the sign, Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theatre Dolby Theatre Tour Evening Meal
5 Freetime and shopping on Santa Monica Boulevard Transfer to airport for return flight Overnight flight back to UK
6 Arrive UK airport, onward travel back to school
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Morning Check in to UK airport for flight to Los Angeles
Afternoon Arrive and transfer to your accommodation
Evening Evening meal
Morning Full day at Universal Studios
Evening Evening meal at Universal, transfer back to hotel
Morning Warner Bros Studio Tour
Afternoon Workshop at New York Film Academy
Evening Evening meal
Morning Guided Tour of Hollywood including, the sign, Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theatre
Afternoon Dolby Theatre Tour
Evening Evening Meal
Morning Freetime and shopping on Santa Monica Boulevard
Afternoon Transfer to airport for return flight
Evening Overnight flight back to UK
Morning Arrive UK airport, onward travel back to school

Price Shown includes

  • Return Air Travel
  • 4 nights Room Only Accommodation in Los Angeles on bed share basis
  • Airport Transfers
  • Visits included: Guided tour of Hollywood, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, New York Film Academy Workshop, Universal Studios Tour
  • Coach hire in destination
  • Specialist Group Travel Insurance
  • Bespoke itinerary planning service
  • Free Place Ratios
  • Live Trip Tracking
  • Online trip organiser & Travel App
  • 24/7 support whilst you are away

Places to Stay

Reasons to Visit

Day Trip to Universal Studios

Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place: Universal Studios Hollywood. With thrilling park rides and shows, a real working movie studio and L.A's best shops, restaurants and all-new cinemas at CityWalk, Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that's fun for students and group leaders alike.

TCL Chinese Theatre

The Chinese Theatre in Hollywood is the most famous movie theatre in the world. Millions of visitors flock here each year, most of them drawn by its legendary forecourt with its footprints of the stars. Yet the Chinese Theatre is also a fine place to see a movie in its own right, a spectacular movie palace with a unique history.

Paramount Pictures Studio Tours

Explore over a century of Hollywood history and witness more in the making with an intimate tour of the Paramount Pictures studio lot. During your visit, a knowledgeable guide will lead your small group on a behind-the-scenes look at the longest operating and only remaining major studio in Hollywood. You’ll see where some of the most celebrated motion pictures and TV shows were made and leave feeling like a part of film history.

Sony Pictures Tour

Located on one of the world's most famous studio lots, our walking tour gives you a rare glimpse of old Hollywood's glory days and an insider's view of a state-of-the-art motion picture studio. The guides will shed light on the film and television production process by taking you to various sound stages and by sharing tales of days gone by. Filled with movie, television and commercial productions on any given day, you never know what- or who- will be just around the corner!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

See “Behind-the-scenes” of your favorite shows and movies at the world’s busiest motion picture and television studio. Guests of the Warner Bros VIP Tour are offered a rare and intimate glimpse into real Hollywood at work. The tour takes you through back lot streets, sound stages, sets and craft shops. Walk on to the set of a hit television show, watch as Foley artists create sound effects for movies, see how sets are constructed, peruse over 10 million items in the prop department, see your favorite vehicles from film and television up close, and the list goes on.

The Dolby Theater (Formerly the Kodak Theater)

Experience all of the renowned elegance and celebrity glamour that the Home of the Academy Awards® has to offer! See an Oscar® statuette, visit our Dolby Lounge and other exclusive celebrity hot spots, view images from previous Academy Awards® ceremonies. Inspired by the elegance of a European opera house, with state-of-the-art technical capabilities, Dolby Theatre offers walking tours daily to offers visitors architectural and historical highlights of the world-renowned venue.

The Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Museum has the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. The museum is home to more than 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures – one of a kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections and personal artefacts, posters, and vintage memorabilia. The museum also showcases the history of Hollywood and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,500 stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and 3 blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others.

Film Making Workshops

Tours and workshops can be designed to meet the special interests and needs of your group. All are run by tour directors experienced in all art genres. Possible workshops include, screenwriting, auditioning, improvisation and film making. Please contact us for more information.

Paley Centre for Media

Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, The Paley Center is the foremost public archive of television and radio programming, with an international collection of nearly 150,000 programs spanning almost 100 years. Throughout the year, the Paley Center celebrates television with a wide range of events that examine the creative process behind great entertainment.

LA Daily News

Here they have been telling the story of LA for 90 years. This fantastic visit allows your students to take a tour of the Daily News operations and you will even be invited to attend a news meeting.

Los Angeles Magazine

The Associate Editor will take you on a tour of the magazine and answer any questions you have about the industry.

Nevada Test Site

You can’t get much further behind the scenes than this tour! Encompassing an area larger than the state of Rhode Island, the Nevada Test is one of the most restricted-access areas in the United States. Visitors to the site can see first-hand many relics remaining from nuclear weapons test, rocket experiments, and other energy-related programs.

Hearst Castle

Nestled in the hills, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Hearst Castle is one of the largest historic house museums with one of the most sophisticated guided tour programmes in the country. The tour takes visitors back through time exploring the life of William Randolph Hearst and his family, the art of collection, architecture, gardens and history of the Castle.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,500 stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and 3 blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others.

Venice Beach

Known for its bohemian spirit, Venice beach and famous boardwalk is where street entertainers and vendors create an unforgettable scence.  It is home to funky shops, street entertainers, vendors and colourful murals. The lively skate park and Muscle Beach outdoor gym are the place to be seen.   A great place to get the feel of the sunshine city at it’s best.

Getty Center

The Getty Center in Los Angeles features pre‐20th‐century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th‐ and 20th‐century American, Asian, and European photographs. In addition, the Museum’s collection at the Center includes outdoor sculpture displayed on terraces and in gardens and the large Central Garden designed by Robert Irwin.

Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Park Observatory is a facility which allows Southern Californian’s access to the cosmos! Open and free to visitors where you can look through telescopes, explore exhibits and see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.  It is also worth a visit to enjoy the spectacular views of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and the Pacific Ocean.

Las Vegas

Soak in the atmosphere of this amazing 24/7, buzzing city which also serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

Grammy Museum

The GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment.

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What you say

Great communication, personal service, good connection between us as the college and EST as the provider. It's just so easy to use you guys. 

South Essex College

EST were great, I don't think there was anything more they could have done. 

South Essex College

EST were excellent throughout. Very friendly, personal service that exceeded all expectations. 

St Mary's University

The service from start to finish was excellent, this is the best trip we have organised as a media department. The Warner Brothers tour is particularly enjoyable and informative, the students enjoyed this the most. Accommodation was fantastic and perfectly suits school groups (Sportsman’s Lodge Hotel). 

Warren Comprehensive School

Both Lynsey and Sarah are awesome. From Lynsey getting the ball rolling and booking us up, to Sarah organising all the elements of our trip, their flexibility and professionalism are incredible. 

South Essex College 

It was absolutely amazing - the kids said it was the best week of their lives and loved every minute.  I think we were very lucky as the weather was perfect and Harry Potter World was open for a special preview on the weekend that we went! 

Walkden High School

We investigated six companies and EST provided by far the best value for money with impressive organisation and support structure. Thank you very much for making this an outstanding trip for every member of our party. 

Beech Hall School