The Professional Program in Producing 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.

Small 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 competitive program also features notable guest speakers. Recent guests have included: Ted Sarandos (Chief Content Officer Netflix), Nate Moore (Marvel), Jordan Levin (Awesomeness TV), Chris Rice (WME), Billy Ray (OverlordThe Hunger Games), Whitney Wade (God of War series), Paul Green (Anonymous Content), Sheila Hanahan-Taylor (Breaking In, Final Destination series), Eric Shamlin (Immersive Media), Adam Fogelson (Chairman of STX), Karen Foster (DreamWorks Animation), Matthew Milam (Sony), Tom Nunan (Crash) and many more.

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

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Deadline Dates

International Students:
September 5, 2019

U.S. Students:
December 5, 2019

Tuition: $5,950



Start Date: January 6, 2020
Days: Monday – Thursday
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Duration: 10 weeks
End Date: March 12, 2020
Location: UCLA 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:

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 2020 Professional Program in Producing.

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