Apply: Directing



Course Information

Start Date: June 19, 2023
Days: Monday – Thursday
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Duration: 10 weeks
End Date: August 24, 2023
Location: UCLA Campus, room assignment to be announced.


International Student Application Deadline: April 6, 2023
U.S. Student Application Deadline: May 23, 2023
Tuition: $6,750


The Professional Program in Directing features an admissions process based on supporting application materials.

The prerequisite for this program is that applicants must possess an undergraduate bachelor's degree, in any field.

Once we have received a complete application, the applicant will be notified of admission status via email within 20 business days.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide a working email address with the application. Please note: both Hotmail and MSN send our UCLA email to your spam folder, or they block us altogether. We strongly suggest creating a Gmail email address for your application.


VERY IMPORTANT - BEFORE YOU UPLOAD ANY FORMS OR TRANSCRIPTS, make sure that you have blacked out your social security number, home address, student ID#, or any other private information that could be compromised during transit from your server to ours. Applicants who do not follow these instructions will not be considered. 


Before beginning the application process, please have the following prepared to upload:

Professional Resume: Your resume should include your career and educational background, as well as any extra-curricular activities, awards, or interests that you feel would be pertinent.

One-page Statement of Purpose: Your Statement of Purpose is simply a short essay in which we'd like you to tell us a little about yourself, your professional experience and goals. Your Statement of Purpose should be one full page in length.  Once written, copy and paste the text into the correct field on the application page.

A Link to Your Directing Sample (2 to 5 mins.)
Students are required to submit a link to a sample of their directing work. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR LINK WORKS. IF IT DOES NOT, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please do not email a sample as an attachment. We will not open it. If a password is needed to view your sample, please make sure to include that.

Samples can be reels, short films or web series.

If you do not currently have a sample, please take the time to shoot a scene with actors on your iPhone, from multiple angles, and edit it. You may use that as your sample. At UCLA TFT we are especially interested in work that inspires social change. If you're shooting something new for this application, we encourage you to shoot a scene with that in mind.

Undergraduate Bachelor's Transcript or Copy of Degree Certificate or DegreeVerify Certificate from National Student Clearinghouse: Although we do not take college grades into consideration, we require proof that an undergraduate Bachelor's degree has been conferred. Please provide a copy of your transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable), OR a copy of your degree certificate, OR a DegreeVerify Certificate from National Student Clearinghouse. Alternatively, if you have an advanced degree such as an MFA, we will accept that transcript or certificate.


The tuition cost for the Professional Program in Directing is $6,750. Payments are collected in two installments: $2,000 is due upon admission to the program, with the balance normally due a few weeks prior to the start of the program.

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive instructions on how to pay your deposit.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover.

For the initial deposit of $2,000, we accept credit card payments only. Students may pay their tuition balance with a cashier's check or money orders.

Application Fee

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

Financial Aid

At this time, financial aid is not available for any of our programs.


100% refund if student withdraws by May 25, 2023
80% refund after May 23, 2023 and up to and including first day of second week of classes (June 26, 2023 )
50% refund after June 26, 2023 and up to and including first day of third week of classes (July 5, 2023)
0% refund after July 5, 2023

Please email with any questions.


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.

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.

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

To allow enough time to obtain a visa, you must apply to our programs by the posted International Student Application Deadline. International students are 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 SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

If you have any questions, please send an email to

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. 

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