The Professional Program in Producing (Online) is modeled after the UCLA M.F.A. Producers Program and provides an intensive overview of the contemporary film, TV and digital media landscape, up-to-the-minute industry insight, and the tools needed to navigate the studio and independent marketplace.

Online seminar-style lectures and Q&A sessions provide ample opportunity to network with like-minded, ambitious individuals with varied professional backgrounds. Many students have formed business connections with classmates, developed projects together and shaped partnerships.

Taught by core UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television faculty, this graduate-level, non-degree competitive-admission program also features notable guest speakers. Recent guests have included: Ted Sarandos (Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Content Officer for Netflix), Nate Moore (Marvel, Black Panther), 50 Cent (Power, For Life), the execs of Blumhouse (Get Out, BlacKkKlansman, Sharp Objects), Chris Rice (WME), Billy Ray (The Comey RuleRichard Jewell, Terminator: Dark Fate, OverlordThe Hunger Games), Paul Green (Anonymous Content), Sheila Hanahan-Taylor (Breaking In, Final Destination series), Eric Shamlin (Immersive Media), Adam Fogelson (Chairman of STX), Matthew Milam (Amazon), Tom Nunan (Crash) and many more.

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

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Deadline Dates

Application Deadline: 

December 5, 2022

Tuition: $6,550



Start Date: January 2, 2023
Days: Monday – Thursday
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Pacific Time
Duration: 10 weeks
End Date: March 9, 2023
Location: This program takes place online.



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:

Production Preparation, Career Planning, Low Budget Filmmaking, Line Producing, Post Production Supervision, Financing, Story Structure, Pitching, Contracts/Negotiations, Clearance/Copyright, Legal Issues for Independent Projects, Representation, Television Development, Feature Film Marketing, Television Marketing, Marketing for Netflix, Theatrical Distribution (Domestic and International), Budgeting, The Television Executive, Alternative Distribution, Producing the Animated Feature, Post-Production Editing, Post-Production Sound, Producing for Immersive Media,  Multiplatform Storytelling, Working Creatively with China's Film Industry, Film and Television Case Studies 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.


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Applications are now being accepted for the Winter 2023 Professional Program in Producing (Online).

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