Taught by top experts and leaders working in the entertainment industry, Professional Programs at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television offers graduate-level, competitive admission, yearlong, non-degree programs in Screenwriting, Producing, Writing for Television and Acting for the Camera modeled after UCLA TFT’s world-renowned M.F.A. curriculum. Launched in 1994, Professional Programs has grown exponentially, providing industry professionals with an opportunity to refine their skill sets, while also networking with other like-minded individuals. Alumni have worked with or sold material to all of the major studios. Some have even been nominated for Academy Awards.
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Brian Fagan is Director of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Programs in Screenwriting, Producing, Writing for Television (program co-creator), Acting for the Camera (program co-creator) and Directing (program creator). Previously, Brian wrote and directed in NYC and Chicago. He earned his M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA, was the researcher for 74 episodes of Law & Order: SVU, and produced The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? which can be seen on Amazon Prime. Before becoming Director of the Professional Programs, Brian taught writing for one hour drama and screenwriting. In his spare time, Brian writes fantasy novels.
Matt Yaldezian graduated from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (MFA – Producing) where he currently works in the Professional Programs, mentoring and assisting writing, acting and producing students with career strategies, screenplay / story development and pitching. He has worked as an assistant for Academy Award winning independent producer, Fred Roos, produced a sports documentary featuring former UCLA running back, Jonathan Franklin, and most recently a short documentary, Lahmajune, which was featured at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2019. He has been contracted as a writer for Lotus Entertainment, consulted for The Nesra Group, an M&E solutions company based in Los Angeles, and is an Honorary Professor at Shanghai Film Art Academy in China. In his spare time, he enjoys performing improv at the Groundlings in Los Angeles and is a volunteer advocate for Armenian Assembly of America.
Taught by top experts and leaders working in the entertainment industry. Learn more about the Professional Programs at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
About UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
The vision of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is to serve as a premier global interdisciplinary professional school that develops outstanding humanistic storytellers, industry leaders and scholars whose diverse, innovative voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.
About UCLA TFT
Consistently ranked as one of the top elite entertainment and performing arts institutions in the world, the school offers an innovative curriculum that integrates the study and creation of live performance, film, television and the digital arts. Our distinguished graduate and undergraduate programs include acting, directing, writing, producing, animation, cinematography, lighting design, set design, costume design and sound design. The school also offers doctoral degrees in theater and performance studies and cinema & media studies.