Directing

DIRECTING

The Professional Program in Directing provides an overview of the art and craft of Directing in the current film and television industries. 

This graduate-level competitive admission program is taught in small seminar-style lectures by credentialed industry guest speakers who provide current insights, demonstrations, and question and answer opportunities.  

Over the course of 38 sessions, students learn the tools needed to navigate the studios, the independent entities, and the television platforms through the three-period of directing: preproduction, production and postproduction, highlighted by case studies with special guest directors.

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a certificate from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

 

Apply in 2021

Deadline Dates

UPDATE

Due to the coronavirus, the start date for the Professional Program in Directing has been pushed to summer of 2021. 

We will begin considering applications in January of 2021. 

Applications received before January 2021 will not be considered. If you previously applied, you will need to reapply then. 

 

Classes

COURSE INFORMATION
Start Date: June 21, 2021
Days: Monday – Thursday
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Duration: 10 weeks
End Date: August 26, 2021
Location: UCLA Campus

 

COURSE TOPICS

The program meets for 38 weeknights over a ten-week period. Over 30 different guest lecturers cover their topic of expertise. The following topics are typically covered:

Directing the Actors, Cinematography, Budgeting, Scheduling, Location Scouting, Director’s Workflow, Director’s Concept, Story Structure, Genre Expectations, relationship of Above and Below-the-Line Talent, Casting, Table Reads, Storyboarding, Production Design, Art Direction, Costume Design, Equipment, Set Etiquette, Shot Lists, Continuity, Dailies, Coverage, Sound Recording, Editing, Scoring, Reshoots, Special Effects, Marketing and more.

COURSEWORK & MATERIALS

At this time there are no required materials for this course. In the event that course materials are needed, they will be supplied by UCLA.

 

Apply in January 2021

 

Due to the coronavirus, the start date for the Professional Program in Directing has been pushed to summer of 2021. 

We will begin considering applications in January of 2021. 

Applications received before January 2021 will not be considered. If you previously applied, you will need to reapply then. 

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Contact

102 E. Melnitz Hall, Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622
310.825.6124
professionalprograms@tft.ucla.edu