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Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Professional Program in Screenwriting, the only graduate-level non-degree screenwriting program that has oversight by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Learn from renowned UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television MFA Screenwriting Program faculty and receive:
- A world-class screenwriting education in three quarters
- An intimate classroom environment with a maximum of 10 students per workshop
- Guidance from initial story concept through navigating the industry
Upon successfully finishing the program, students receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Late applications are now being accepted.
It is too late to apply for the 2018-2019 program.
The Professional Program in Screenwriting takes place over three academic quarters. Students attend a lecture series and a screenwriting workshop each week.
The Lecture Series
Taught by UCLA MFA Screenwriting Instructor Tim Albaugh, the lecture takes place on Monday evenings and covers every aspect of the process from initial concept though rewrite.
Recent lecture series guest speakers have included Damon Lindeloff (Tomorrowland, The Leftovers, Lost), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur), Craig Borten (The Dallas Buyers Club), Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips), Phyllis Nagy (Carol), Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Now You See Me), Michael Colleary (Face/Off), Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl), Paul Haggis (Crash), Dan Futterman (Capote), Scott Kosar (The Machinist) and Sacha Gervasi (The Terminal).
Date & Time
Monday nights, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
The three-hour screenwriting workshop is limited to no more than ten students per class, and focuses on roundtable readings and an analysis of each student's work.
In Fall Quarter, students are introduced to the concepts of story and structure. They develop their stories in the weekly workshop and begin writing an original feature-length screenplay.
In Winter Quarter, students complete their first screenplay.
In Spring Quarter, students are assigned to a new workshop instructor and they are guided through the creation and completion of a second original feature-length screenplay.
Students who successfully finish the program receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Date & Time
Tues., Weds., or Thurs. (depending on student schedules), 7:00pm-10:00pm.
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Professional Program in Screenwriting.