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Emerson College goes Hollywood with architecturally significant $110M L.A. campus

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Emerson's LA campus is designed by architect Thom Mayne, whose Culver City firm designed The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art building in New York. (Photo by: Wally Gobetz via Flickr Creative Commons)

Emerson College, stopping just short of lovingly pre-chewing students and spitting them directly into the mouth of hungry Hollywood, will be opening a new $110 million campus in Los Angeles. A higher education finishing-school for many entertainment and media types, Boston-based Emerson hopes to further strengthen its ties to the industry.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled next Thursday for the architecturally significant, Sunset Blvd. building located a few blocks east of Gower. The 10-story, 37,350-square-foot, potential new landmark was designed by architect Thom Mayne and will hold classrooms, housing for students and faculty, and an auditorium, The Wrap details.

"Los Angeles is a leading city in arts and culture and entertainment and drama and film, and we’re moving there to take full advantage of what it has to offer to our students, many of whom will go on to become the future leaders in Los Angeles in those various fields,"  President Lee Pelton told TheWrap.