Apply: Acting for the Camera



Course Dates

September 28, 2020 through June 4, 2021



Class Size

Workshops are limited to 16 students

Application Deadlines

International Students: June 22, 2020
U.S. Students: August 17, 2020

Please note that admission for this program is on a rolling basis. The program may be full by the application deadline. We recommend that you apply early.

LATE Applications

It is possible that late applications may be considered after the posted deadlines, but only if a spot is still available in the program. Please call the Professional Programs office at 310.825.6124 if you would like to submit an application after the posted deadlines. Do not submit a late application without calling us first.


The Professional Program in Acting for the Camera features a selection process based on supporting application materials as well as a live callback.

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

Please note that this program is limited to 16 students per year. Admission is very competitive. Students applying to our Acting for the Camera program will only hear from us if they advance to the callback level. After callbacks, students are generally notified, either way, by email, within two weeks following their callback. Exact notification dates will be given at the end of each callback.


The first callbacks will not begin until March.

Applicants are notified via email if they have been invited to a live callback for consideration.

Check your spam filter for a message from one of our email addresses.  Hotmail, msn and other hosts often send our emails to your spam filter. We recommend you create a gmail address for your application.


Before clicking the Start Application button, please have the following ready to upload:

  1. Statement of Purpose
    The Statement of Purpose is simply a short essay in which we'd like you to tell us a little about yourself and your acting goals. Your Statement of Purpose should be one full page in length, single or double-spaced. Once written, copy and paste the text into the correct field on the application page.
  2. Acting Resume
    Previous credits in theater, film, television and digital content, as well as previous industry-related education and any union affiliations should be included.
  3. Headshot
    Please include your most recent headshot.
  4. A Link to Your Acting Reel
    Students are required to submit a link to an acting reel of their work. PLESE MAKE SURE YOUR LINK WORKS. IF IT DOES NOT, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Reels should convey range and the applicant's ability to emotionally connect with another actor. PLEASE DO NOT SEND US A MONOLOGUE. Please do not email a reel as an attachment. We will not open it. Instead, please upload it to a public or private youtube, Vimeo or personal web page and include the password information we will need to view it in the proper box on the application page. Applicants can still be considered for the program even if a professional reel cannot be provided. Instead, please send a link to two short scenes with different partners. Again, no monologues. Recording on an iPhone is fine, but please make sure the sound quality is strong. Upload the video to a public or private youtube, Vimeo or personal web page and include the information needed to view it in the proper box on the application page. (International Students - A portion of your reel MUST BE IN ENGLISH to be considered.)

Be sure to sign the Professional Programs Policies on the application page, or your application cannot be considered.



After a successful callback, students may be invited to attend the program. At that point, a deposit payment for the program will be requested.

For the initial deposit of $2,000, we will only accept credit cards. For the balance of $3,950, students may pay with either a credit card or with a cashier's check or money orders. We do not accept personal checks.

The balance of the tuition must be paid in full before the program begins.

IMPORTANT: There is no application fee for our programs. If an applicant is not admitted, the applicant will not be charged.


Applicants who would like to withdraw from any of our courses must do so in writing. Students may simply email us at

The refund schedule for the 2020-2021 Professional Program in Acting for the Camera is:

• 100% refund if student withdraws by September 14, 2020

• 80% refund after September 14, 2020, and up to and including first day of second week of classes (October 5, 2020)

• 50% refund after October 5, 2020, and up to and including first day of third week of classes (October 12, 2020)

• 0% refund after October 12, 2020


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

If you are a non-native English-speaking student, please be advised that our professional programs are intensive and that all work must be practiced in English. A sufficient command of the English language is necessary to participate in our courses. A TOEFL score of 560 (paperbased) or 87 (internet based iBT) or IELTS overall band score of 7 or higher will be necessary to participate in this course.

The only visa approved by the U.S. government and UCLA for the Professional Programs is the F-1 visa. No other visas will be accepted.

Participation in TFT Professional Programs is prohibited under the B1/B2 visas/ESTA visa waiver program (WT/WB).

If you are enrolled in the Professional Programs and need a F-1 visa, you will first need to apply for a UCLA I-20. The I-20 is the document that you will bring to your local American consulate in order to obtain your visa.

First, apply for the UCLA Professional Program of your choice per the admission instructions. If you are admitted, you may request an I-20  application from us. At that point, you will need to complete the I-20  application and provide a number of supporting financial documents, as well as a copy of the photo page from your passport. We will send you instructions in an email.

To allow enough time to obtain a visa, you must apply to our programs by the posted International Student Application Deadline. International students are strongly encouraged to apply for the Professional Program as early as possible. The longer the wait, the less likely it will be that you will have enough time to secure your visa before the course begins. There is no discount for international students who arrive late to the program.

Please be advised that there is a non-refundable $340 I-20 processing fee payable to UCLA. You will be charged this fee once your I-20 is processed. In addition, please be aware that students entering the United States on a F-1 visa must first pay a $220 SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Please note: There is NO OPT available for our students studying on the F-1 visa for our programs. Our F-1 students are not allowed to work, at all, for free or for pay, on campus or off campus, during or after our program.

If you have any questions, please send an email to


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