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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.
We have returned to on campus classes!
Applications are now 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 & Television.
Learn from renowned UCLA School of Theater, Film &d 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.
International Students: June 29, 2021
US Students: August 16, 2021
The Professional Program in Screenwriting takes place over three academic quarters. Students attend a lecture series and a screenwriting workshop each week.
The Lecture Series
The Recorded Lecture Series - is taught by UCLA instructors and covers every aspect of the process from initial concept though rewrite.
The Live Q&A - Students will attend a live Q&A session on campus with one of our lecture series instructors on Monday nights at 7pm Pacific Time to ask any questions they may have after viewing the recorded lecture. Guest speakers from the film industry will visit the Live Q&A to discuss the state of the business and how to approach it as a new writer.
Recent lecture series guest speakers have included Damon Lindeloff (Watchmen, Tomorrowland, The Leftovers, Lost), Meg LeFauve (Captain Marvel, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur), Craig Borten (The Dallas Buyers Club), Billy Ray (Richard Jewel, Terminator: Dark Fate, Overlord, The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips), Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Now You See Me, Bill and Ted), Michael Colleary (Face/Off), Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl), Paul Haggis (Crash), Dan Futterman (Capote), Scott Kosar (The Machinist) and Sacha Gervasi (The Terminal).
Date & Time
Live Q&A Monday nights, 7:00pm Pacific Time
The three-hour screenwriting workshop is limited to no more than ten students per class, and focuses on roundtable readings and an analysis of each student's work.
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.
Students who successfully finish the program receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Date & Time
Tues., Weds., or Thurs. (depending on student schedules), 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Pacific Time.
Applications for the 2021-2022 program are now available.