Screenwriting Online

Screenwriting Online


This program is no longer accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be available on this page in January 2022. 

Below, you can still find general information about the program, but you cannot currently apply. 



Applications are being accepted for the 2021-2022 Professional Program in Screenwriting, the only graduate-level non-degree screenwriting program that has oversight by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Learn from renowned UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television MFA Screenwriting Program faculty and receive:

  • A world-class screenwriting education in three quarters
  • An intimate classroom environment with a maximum of 10 students per workshop
  • Guidance from initial story concept through navigating the industry

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:

August 16, 2021

Tuition: $5,950


The Professional Program in Screenwriting Online takes place over three quarters.

Students view lectures and attend a live online screenwriting workshop each week, and have access to our virtual campus and screenplay library.

2021-2022 Schedule

The Lecture Series

The 30 video lectures are taught by UCLA Screenwriting instructors, and include structural breakdowns of feature films, screenwriting techniques, exercises, thoughts on the writing process, and more.

Lectures can be watched weekly, or binged at the student's leisure.



The Workshop

The screenwriting workshop meets in an online video conference once per week, and focuses on roundtable readings and an analysis of each student's work.

It is limited to no more than 10 students per class.

Students see and hear each other and their instructor just like they would in an on campus classroom.

In Fall Quarter, students are introduced to the concepts of story and structure. They develop their stories in the weekly workshop and begin writing an original feature-length screenplay.

In Winter Quarter, students complete their first screenplay.

In Spring Quarter, students are assigned to a new workshop instructor and they are guided through the creation and completion of a second original feature-length screenplay.

Date & Time

Mon., Tues., Weds., or Thurs. evening (depending on student schedules) from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Pacific Time.

The Virtual Campus

In our virtual campus, students will also participate in forums with fellow students and their instructors and will have access to the UCLA script library.

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Applications for the 2021-2022 program are now available. 

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