Acting For The Camera

Acting for the Camera

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Professional Program in Acting for the Camera, the only non-degree acting program that has oversight by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Learn from renowned UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Acting Program faculty and receive:

  • A world-class acting education in three quarters
  • An intimate learning environment with a maximum of 16 students per workshop
  • Access to casting decision makers

Gain knowledge from successful professionals in the industry. Recent guests have included: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Wendell Pierce, Amy Ryan, Whitney Cummings, James Ponsoldt (Director of The Circle, The Spectacular Now), Sacha Gervasi (Director of My Dinner with Herve, Hitchcock, Anvil: The Story of Anvil), Chelsea Handler, April Webster (Casting Director of Star Wars), Grace Wu (EVP Casting at NBC), Kate Adler (EVP Comedy at CBS), Tony Sepulveda (Senior VP Casting at WB), Anya Colloff (Casting Director of Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl), Jeffrey Reiner (Director of The Affair), Adam Chase (TV EP of Mom), Alfred Molina (Angie Tribeca, Raiders of the Lost Ark), Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple, Reno 911!), Bonnie Zane (Casting Director), Aaron Lipstadt (Director of Elementary, Grimm), Ryan Stiles (The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and many more.

Apply today for this life-changing program.

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Deadline Dates

International Students:
June 17, 2019

U.S. Students:
August 18, 2019

Tuition: $5,950

Applicants must be at least 21 years old by the start of the program.

Classes

The Professional Program in Acting for the Camera takes place over three academic quarters at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

In our Scene Study workshops, students use film and television scene work to deepen their ability to consistently deliver honest, fully present performances.

In our Acting for the Camera workshops, students learn the acting techniques, set etiquette, and personal strategies necessary to secure work and perform in film and on television.

In our Career Development workshop, special industry guests focus on topics like agents and managers, casting directors, branding, business plans, networking, SAG AFTRA, social media, original digital content creation and evolving distribution strategies. Students are tasked to understand how the class sees them, how the industry sees them, and how they want to be seen. With that knowledge, they develop personal projects that they pitch to a panel of industry guests.

2019-2020 Schedule

Fall Quarter

Focus is on career development, and acting and audition techniques for film and one-hour television drama. Students attend classes three times per week for 10 weeks.

Scene Study

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm, or Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm.

Acting For The Camera

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm

Career Development

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm

Winter Quarter

Focus is on acting and audition techniques for film and single and multi-camera television comedy. Students attend classes two times per week for ten weeks.

Scene Study

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm

Acting For The Camera

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm

Spring Quarter

Focus is on acting and audition techniques for film and television in additional genres like superhero, horror, fantasy and sci-fi. Students attend classes two nights per week for 10 weeks.

Scene Study

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm

Acting For The Camera

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm

certificate ceremony

Students who successfully finish the program will receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

special guests

Throughout the year, we bring special guests into our scene study and acting for the camera classes. Special guests may include directors, casting directors, actors or producers from the film and television industry. Typically, special guests participate in Q&As about their experience in the industry, and watch and give feedback on student scenes.

You can see a list of recent special guests at the top of this page.

 

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Professional Program in Acting for the Camera.

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Contact

102 E. Melnitz Hall, Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622
310.825.6124
professionalprograms@tft.ucla.edu