Apply: Screenwriting



Course Dates

Applications for the 2023-2024 program will be available here in November.



Class Size

Workshops are limited to 10 students each

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for the 2023-2024 program will be available here in November. 

Late Applications

It is possible late applications may be considered after the posted deadlines, but only if a spot is still available in the program. Please email if you would like to submit an application after the posted deadlines. Do not submit a late application without emailing us first.

The Professional Program in Screenwriting features an admissions process based on supporting application materials. The prerequisite is that the applicant have 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 that our replies to Hotmail and MSN email addresses tend to be sent to spam folders. Please create a Gmail address for your application.)


Please read the application instructions carefully. Consideration will be given as to whether or not the applicant follows these instructions.

Applicants to Professional Program in Screenwriting must submit a completed application form via online. Applications will not be accepted via email.


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

  1. Five-Page Writing Sample We will only accept writing samples in screenplay or teleplay format. Pages may come from any point in the script as long as they are consecutive. Do not send novels, short stories, outlines, treatments, poems, articles or journal/blog entries.
  2. 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 writing experience and 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 not he application page.
  3. 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, in any field, has been conferred. Please provide a copy of your transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable), or a copy or photo 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.

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


Tuition for the Professional Program in Screenwriting is $6,550. Payments are collected in two installments: $2,000 is charged 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 be contacted with instructions on how to pay your deposit.  A deposit must be paid to hold your spot in the program.

All tuition payments can only be made by credit or debit card.

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


At this time, financial aid is not available for any of our courses. However, some banks offer private loans specifically for non-degree programs and will send the money to you upon verification of enrollment. Applicants interested in a private loan must first be enrolled in one of our programs and make their tuition payments directly to the Professional Programs office as described above. Do not apply for a loan that requires the lender to send the money to the university. Once you make your payments to the Professional Programs office, the lending bank will request proof of enrollment and/or a receipt. We can provide those items for you.

Please be advised that because this program is not for academic credit Sallie Mae loans are not available.

Please be advised that because this program is not for academic credit GI Bill funds are not available for this program.


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 2022-2023 Professional Program in Screenwriting is:

  • 100% refund if student withdraws by September 12, 2022
  • 80% refund after September 12, 2022, and up to and including first day of second week of classes (October 3, 2022)
  • 50% refund after October 3, 2022, and up to and including first day of third week of classes (October 10, 2022)
  •  0% refund after October 10, 2022


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 on campus 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 Programs 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.

Please note: There is NO OPT available for our Professional Programs students studying on the F-1 visa for any of 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 email


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