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WRITING FOR TELEVISION ONLINE
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 Professional Program in Writing for Television, the only graduate-level non-degree writing for television program that has oversight by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Learn from renowned UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television MFA faculty and receive:
- A world-class writing for television education in three quarters
- An intimate classroom environment with a maximum of 8 students per workshop online
- Guidance from initial story concept through navigating the industry
Upon successfully finishing the program, students receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
It is no longer possible to apply for the 2020-2021 program.
Applications for the 2021-2022 program will be updated on this page on January 15, 2021.
The Professional Program in Writing for Television Online takes place over three academic quarters.
Students view one recorded lecture per week for the first two quarters, and attend one live three-hour video conference writing workshop per week for all three quarters.
The Lecture Series
The twenty-episode recorded lecture series can be viewed at the student’s convenience, and is taught by UCLA TFT MFA instructor Neil Landau, author of The TV Showrunner's Roadmap, TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution, and TV Writing On Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era.
The television writing workshop meets in an online video conference once per week, and focuses on roundtable readings and 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.
Students have the option of choosing between the Drama Track (one-hour dramatic shows, including one-hour dramedies) and the Comedy Track (half-hour comedic shows, including half-hour dramedies) and are guided by an instructor with professional experience in that particular genre.
- In Fall Quarter, students write a spec teleplay of an existing television show in their chosen track.
- In Winter Quarter, students write their first original pilot.
- In Spring Quarter, they write a second original pilot.
Date & Time
The workshop takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night, depending on student schedules, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PT.
The Virtual Campus
In our virtual campus, student will also participate in forums with fellow students and their instructors and will have access to the UCLA script library.
Students who successfully finish the program receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
It is no longer possible to apply for the 2020-2021 program. Applications for the 2021-2022 program will be updated on this page on January 15, 2021.