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Los Angeles Media & Film Studies School Trips & Tours

Take a unique school trip to the heart of America’s media and film wonderland with NST! From studio and backlot tours to hands-on workshops led by industry experts, there's no place in the world like LA.

We’ve teamed up with some premier venues to offer educational options spanning all manner of topics, from the moving image, television and radio, to the exciting world of editing, cinematography and film. This diverse destination where the movie industry lives and breathes won't fail to leave your pupils amazed and inspired.

Alternatively, view the rest of our school trips to Los Angeles.



Prices start from£1689pp

Price Shown includes

  • 4 nights’ room only accommodation
  • Return flights and overseas airport transfers
  • 3 days’ coaching in resort
  • Visits: Guided tour of Hollywood Boulevard (Walk of Fame, Dolby Theatre, Grauman's Chinese Theatre), Santa Monica, Warner Bros. Studios Tour, New York Film Academy Interactive Session, Universal Studios Theme Park, Universal City & Venice Beach
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a London airport in November 2022 and is subject to availability.

On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance during check-in, security and gate checks on your outbound flight from the UK
  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices


Popular options in Los Angeles

Top visits

Universal Studios & Studio Tour

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience! Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place:
Thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk. Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience. Go behind-the-scenes on the legendary Studio Tour to explore Hollywood’s most famous backlot in the world’s largest working movie studio. Visit 13 city blocks on four acres of historic studio lot in the largest set construction project in studio history, built with creative consultation from Steven Spielberg himself. Then face heartpounding rides and shows that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies.


VIP Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Step aboard a VIP cart and enjoy this truly fascinating behind-the-scenes visit led by a knowledgeable guide. See external sets from TV shows and movies, such as Spiderman. Venture onto the popular The Big Bang Theory sitcom set and learn how it is created. Take a peek behind-the-scenes in ‘The Mill’ where sets are constructed. Find out about sound effect creation and see props and costumes up close. We highly recommend this visit, and can organise customised tours to your exact preferences. Stage 48: Script to Screen – opened in July 2015 following a major expansion, this is an innovative new addition to the Studio Tour. Your students will have the unique opportunity to explore the full film and television production process – from the earliest scripts and casting sessions to the final touches in post-production and the glory of awards season, each component is represented step-by-step throughout the purpose-built soundstage.


Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Opening in early 2020. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be the world’s premier institution devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking. Groups visiting this museum will experience the magic of cinema and the creative, collaborative process of filmmaking through the lens of those who make it. Built in Los Angeles, the movie capital of the world, the museum will be housed in the renovated and expanded Saban Building and a distinctive spherical addition designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano. The 300,000-square-foot museum will feature more than 50,000 square feet of gallery space for both a highly immersive permanent exhibition and a schedule of diverse temporary exhibitions, two film and performance theaters, a state-of-the-art education studio and dynamic spaces for public and special events.

New York Film Academy (LA)

Situated on the backlot of Universal Studios, the NYFA (LA) offers our groups the opportunity to learn from exciting hands-on sessions with the opportunity to use state-of-the-art equipment. We recommend you spend at least 2 hours at the academy.

Digital Editing
Students get involved in shot selection and manipulation in this overview of film editing.

Digital Cinematography
Your group will create camera and lighting set-ups, then record and screen the footage for analysis and critique.

Director’s Craft
Your group will use equipment to try out film direction, and be taken through the process of creating shots and scenes.

Half Day Guide

You choose the places you would like to visit and our local expert guide will escort you on your coach, whilst delivering valuable knowledge of the area and attractions. You’ll be able to hop on and off wherever you please. Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Hollywood are always group favourites.

Hollywood Boulevard

Dolby Theatre Tour -The ‘Home of the Academy Awards®’! See an Oscar® statuette, and find out where your favourite celebrities sat during this year’s ceremony.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre - You will be taken inside this historic theatre and will learn about its history and the premieres that have been held here.

Walk of Fame -Visit this world famous sidewalk that’s paved with thousands of stars, handprints and footprints.

Paramount Studios Tour

Take a guided tour of Paramount Studios’ backlot, by tram and on foot. The tour takes a full two hours, and merely scratches the surface of the numerous buildings and sound stages that make up this 62-acre sprawling studio.


Sony Pictures Studio

This walking tour provides a realistic, day-to-day perspective of how the industry works. You’ll walk around famous film sets and learn how ‘Foley Artists’ produce sound effects. See backdrops being created and learn how they are used. Step inside the Jeopardy game show set. You might even stumble upon a stunt man in action!


Movie Stars’ Homes Tours

Travelling by luxury air-conditioned minibus, you’ll see over 50 movie stars’ homes on this tour. See the famous Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Holmby Hills and Hollywood Hills.


Universal City

Following a day at Universal Studios, Universal City is the ideal location for your evening meal. The lively and safe CityWalk® is open late and houses restaurants, bars, a cinema, plus souvenir shopping opportunities too.


The Getty Center

This free museum presents changing exhibitions from its collection of drawings, manuscripts and photographs against a backdrop of dramatic architecture and tranquil gardens, with breathtaking views.


Grammy Museum

A self-guided museum tour immerses students in a cutting-edge experience – complete with interactive exhibits, films and artefacts designed to explore the historical, cultural and social context of music. Upon entering the museum, students are engaged as they learn about the creative process and the art and technology of recorded sound. Workshops are also available.


Venice Beach & Santa Monica

At Venice Beach you’ll snap up some great value souvenirs, watch street performers and stroll past ‘muscle beach’. The more upmarket Santa Monica has a great range of retail outlets, and is a fantastic option for last minute shopping. An ideal morning visit en route to the airport.

NoHo Tour

The ideal addition to a NoHo workshop. See the famous 27-foot golden Emmy Statue, take in the many theatres, or enjoy a recording studio tour in this up-and-coming arts district. NoHo is an ideal place to stay for an evening meal.

Disneyland® Resort

This adventure park offers a great alternative to Universal Studios and includes some family-friendly rides as well as an emphasis on adult thrill rides.


Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighbourhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.


Pinz Bowling

Ideally located in Studio City, two minutes from our key accommodation choices, this is a great way to fill an evening at little expense.

Farmers’ Market

This, the city’s oldest outdoor market, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Los Angeles. With 30-acres containing over 70 stalls, stores, markets and cafés, this indoor/outdoor bazaar offers what must be one of the most eye-dazzling displays of food and produce ever presented to the public.


IMAX Cinema

Four enormous six-storey screens are available across LA – though our favourite is the one at Universal City. With a whole range of exciting 3D and feature films to enjoy, this is the ideal way to take time out from your busy itinerary!


Evening activites

  • Pinz Bowling
  • Universal City
  • Imax Cinema


We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
  • You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
  • School travel company of choice since 1967

“It is a very natural decision to visit LA as it’s filled with the concepts we study in the classroom. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is really interactive, and the tour guides are very entertaining. You get to learn about inside secrets from both film and TV productions here. Sony Picture Studios is more about the buildings, sets, backlots and sound studios. The Universal Studios theme park incorporates movierelated rides and demos of special effects. There’s a backlot truck tour of working sets and old sets too. We tend to visit around the time of the Oscars to give an insight into the power and longevity of the industry.”

Steve Fitzgerald, Portsmouth College