Winter Quarter Start Date: January 6, 2020
Winter Quarter End Date: Week of March 12, 2020
Spring Quarter Start Date: March 30, 2020
Spring Quarter End Date: Week of June 4, 2020
Certificate Ceremony: June 5, 2020
Summer Quarter Start Date: Week of June 22, 2020
Summer Quarter End Date: Week of August 27, 2020
Fall Quarter Start Date: September 28, 2020
Fall Quarter End Date: Week of November 30, 2020
Winter Quarter Start Date: January 4, 2021
Winter Quarter End Date: Week of March 11, 2021
Spring Quarter Start Date: March 29, 2021
Spring Quarter End Date: Week of June 3, 2021
Certificate Ceremony: June 4, 2021
Students applying for admission to our Screenwriting, Producing or Writing for Television programs will hear from us, either way, by email, within 20 business days after we have received their application regarding their admission status.
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.
Has it been more than 20 days since you applied?
- The application consideration clock does not start for our yearlong programs until mid-January when our updated applications are posted. If you sent in an application after the fall deadline, and are really applying for the following year's program, please reapply once the new applications are available on our site in January.
- Check your spam filter for a message from one of our tft.ucla.edu email addresses. Hotmail, msn and other hosts often send our emails to your spam filter.
- Check to make sure that you correctly submitted ALL of the required elements for your application. Reread the requirements for your Statement of Purpose, your writing samples or reels, your proof of degree, etc. Did you adhere to the requirements? Was your statement of purpose too short to be considered? Is the link to your acting reel broken, or is your password incorrect? The twenty day clock begins when we have received all of the required elements correctly.
There is no application fee for any of our programs.
If a student is accepted into one of our Professional Programs in Screenwriting, Producing, Writing for Television or Acting for the Camera, the student will be required to pay a $2000 tuition deposit to hold their spot. The remaining tuition balance will be due before the program begins. Accepted students will be notified of their tuition balance due date.
If a student is accepted into Producing and Monetizing Your Digital Series or Writing for Video Games, they will be contacted by our department. A full tuition payment will secure their spot.
All of our yearlong programs have a competitive admission process.
Merely applying to these programs in no way guarantees admission.
Applications require supporting material, usually including: proof of undergraduate degree, statement of purpose, resume or writing sample or reel. Check each program for their specific requirements.
At this time, financial aid is not available for any of our courses.
We know of no scholarships available for our programs.
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 payments are made 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 Sallie Mae loans are not available for the Professional Programs. If you have questions about this, please call (310) 825-6124.
Professional Programs that qualify for the J-1 or the F-1 visa are Screenwriting, Producing, Writing for Television and Acting for the Camera.
Advanced Workshops, Writing for Late Night Comedy and Writing for Sports Media do not qualify for visas.
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 visas approved by the U.S. government and UCLA for the Professional Programs are the F-1 or J-1 visas. No other visas will be accepted.
If you are enrolled in the Professional Programs and need a F-1 or J-1 visa, you will first need to apply for a UCLA I-20 (F-1) or UCLA DS2019 (J-1). The I-20 or DS2019 is the document that you will bring to your local American consulate in order to obtain your visa.
(Please note the J-1 Program is an exchange visitor program. Only students receiving financial support from an organization, company, or government institute in the form of a grant/award, scholarship, or fellowship are eligible for J-1. Students will need to obtain an F-1 visa if they do not meet this funding requirement.)
First, apply for the UCLA Professional Program of your choice per the admission instructions. If you are admitted, you may request an I-20 or DS2019 application from us. At that point, you will need to complete the I-20 or DS 2019 application and provide a number of supporting financial documents, as well as a copy of the photo page from your passport. (J-1 applicants will also need a letter from a non-personal sponsor stating that they will be covering at least 51% of your expenses while you are enrolled in your UCLA Professional Program.) 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 or DS2019 processing fee payable to UCLA. You will be charged this fee once your I-20 or DS2019 is processed. In addition, please be aware that students entering the United States on a F-1 or J-1 visa must first pay a $180 SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most industry internships require academic credit as part of their mandate. Because our Programs are not for academic credit, we cannot provide internship course credit.
Students are eligible for paid internships if they do not require academic credit.
Students are responsible for securing their own internships. We do not secure internships for students.
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 Programs are not affiliated with UCLA Extension.
The main differences between the Professional Programs and the Extension courses are:
The Professional Programs are under the umbrella of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
While the Professional Programs are considered graduate-level, they are not for academic credit.
Professional Programs students must go through a competitive admission process. One can not just sign up for a Professional Program.
For Professional Programs in Screenwriting, Producing and Writing for Television, students must have already earned an undergraduate degree in order to be eligible to apply.
For the Professional Program in Acting for the Camera, students must be 21 years old by the time the program begins in order to be eligible to apply.
Upon completion of our Screenwriting, Producing, Writing for Television, or Acting for the Camera programs, our students receive a certificate from the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.
Our students come from all backgrounds and all ages. Many have career experience in other fields and are looking to transition into ours.
We look for students who are committed to becoming professionals in the film, television and digital industry, students who wish to study with established professionals to bring their work to the next level.
If you were waitlisted for one of our programs, you are eligible to secure a spot for the following year. In order to secure your spot, please contact our office as soon as the new applications for the following year are posted on our website. If you wait until after the posted application deadlines to contact us, your spot will not be secure.
Your five pages can be from anywhere in your script as long as the pages are consecutive.
Professional Program in Screenwriting - Original TV pilot and feature screenplay samples are acceptable.
Professional Program in Writing for Television - Original TV pilot, TV specs and feature screenplay samples are acceptable.
Although we will accept plays or short stories as samples, we strongly suggest you take the time to adapt your five page sample into screenplay or teleplay format before submitting. Remember, admission is competitive.
Taught by top experts and leaders working in the entertainment industry. Learn more about the Professional Programs at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.