The Academy Gold Rising Production Track is available for students from Los Angeles community colleges, state schools, and trade schools who have a specific behind-the-camera career focuses on cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, sound, and visual effects. Students in this track will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience shooting on a soundstage, as well as possible on set experience, health and safety regulations permitting. Students interested in the Production Track are also encouraged to apply for an internship with one of our partner companies. 

2023 applications will open November 2022.


Students must be enrolled in one of the following schools or colleges:

  • California State Universities
  • Exceptional Minds Academy
  • Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Game, and Animation
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Trade Tech College
  • Los Angeles Film School
  • New York Film Academy
  • HBCUs
  • Local community colleges

Students must be focused in 1 of the following 6 disciplines:

  • Cinematography
  • Costume Design
  • Film Editing
  • Production Design
  • Sound
  • Visual Effects

Students must be in the graduating class of 2023, 2024, or have graduated within the last two years.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit the following materials in a single PDF to your program manager or via this: Production Track 2023 Submission Link for consideration by or before February 20, 2023. PDF should include a maximum of 3 pages only.

(1) Cover Letter
(2) Resume
(3) Essays & Optional material: 

      a. Please describe how this program relates to your professional and personal goals in your specific career focus or discipline.
         (maximum 1 paragraph- 100 words or less) 

      b. Personal Statement (optional) Is there any other relevant information that you want us to know prior to making our decision?
         (maximum 1 paragraph – 100 words or less)

      c. Optional: If you want to include any links to your professional work or websites, feel free to include in your submission.