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 & Television.



Deadline Dates

International student deadline: May 6, 2024

US student deadline: May 20, 2024

Tuition: $6,750


This program is only offered in the SUMMER quarter each year. It is not offered in the fall, winter or spring.



Start Date: June 17, 2024
Days: Monday – Thursday
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Pacific Time
Duration: 10 weeks
End Date: August 22, 2024
Location: Weeks 1 through 7 will take place on zoom. For weeks 8, 9 and 10, students will be required to attend on campus.


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, Story Development, Working with Producers, Thinking Visually, Budgeting, Scheduling, Location Scouting, Director’s Workflow, Director’s Concept, Previsualization, Working with AI, 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, Editing, Scoring, Reshoots, Special Effects, Marketing, Working with ADs, Intimacy Direction, Simple Stunts, Representation and more.


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.



Applications for the summer 2024 program are now being accepted.

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