Entertainment Industry Studies (BA)

At a Glance

This Program

Total credit hours in degree: 120
Credit hours of entertainment business courses: 15
Credit hours of creative technology courses: 12
Credit hours of film/music studies courses: 9
Credit hours of open electives: 41
Credit hours of Loyola Core courses: 39
Available business minors: 6
Available communications minors: 3

Our Department

Faculty Grammy® Awards: 6
Faculty Sundance® Awards: 1
Professional recording studios for student use: 4
Film production studios for student use: 2
iMac-based MIDI labs for student use: 1
Annual student House of Blues showcases: 2

With the increasing impact of films, television shows, songs, live performances, apps, and video games, the entertainment industry is more vast, integrated, and interdependent than ever before. If you have a passion for the business of creating or entertaining that reaches beyond a single medium, Loyola's new Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment Industry Studies is the perfect degree for you.

This innovative new program offers students a solid foundation in intellectual property issues, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and other key concepts necessary to succeeding in today’s creative economy. Meanwhile, students will also have the flexibility to pursue multiple areas of interest within the cultural economy: music production, filmmaking, animation, design, creative writing, and more. The Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment Industry Studies is built around many of the same core courses as Loyola’s renowned Music Industry Studies and Digital Filmmaking programs, with topics covering today’s music and film industries. In addition to these core courses, students can easily add a double-major or a minor in a more specific aspect of the entertainment industry, or even in other Loyola departments such as business or science.

The Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment Industry Studies degree is designed to immerse you in the world of entertainment from your very first semester. With our state-of-the-art facilities, industry-recognized and award-winning faculty, and comprehensive curriculum, you’ll learn exactly how each component of the entertainment industry works - from management and legal issues to technology and distribution.

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Perfect for the Following Careers

Booking Agent


Line Producer

Production Sound

Entertainment Attorney

Artist Manager

Featured Alum: G-Eazy

A Berkeley, California native, Gerald Gillum graduated from Loyola’s Music Industry Studies program and has achieved enormous commercial success in the hip-hop world through his stage name G-Eazy. Gerald has opened for chart-topping artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, and Snoop Dogg, and his sophomore album, When It’s Dark Out, debuted in 2015. The following year, his hit single ‘Me, Myself, & I’ peaked at number 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

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Entertainment Industry Studies Faculty

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Currently, Loyola boasts four (4) different audio recording studios, two (2) television/film studios, a fully-stocked equipment checkout office, a Mac-based video editing suite, and a Mac-based MIDI music technology lab. We also have access to Loyola University’s new 330-capacity Nunemaker Auditorium, where we host our Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum, as well as guest speakers and events.


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