About the Program
For more than half a century, the Production and Directing program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have trained students in the art and technique of media production while expanding their understanding of the critical, theoretical and historical components of these art forms. Our goal is to infuse the highest standards of craftsmanship, coupled with imaginative freedom and a sense of social responsibility.
The Art of Collaboration
The first year of the program introduces students to foundational skills and collaborative processes for all aspects of filmmaking. The curriculum includes screenwriting, directing, documentary, cinematography, editing, postproduction and production planning, as well as exposure to critical and historical contexts for media making and study.
In the second year of the program, students work closely with faculty mentors to deepen their understanding of production techniques and impactful storytelling strategies. Each student will have the opportunity to write, direct, edit and realize their own vision with creative projects in fictional narrative, documentary, digital media or experimental film, while also taking courses in cinema and media studies and advanced filmmaking techniques.
In the third year, students focus on their thesis production, which may be in documentary or narrative form. Although the majority of the third year is devoted to writing, planning, shooting and editing the thesis film, students also have the option of taking elective classes to deepen their skills and broaden their exposure to adjacent areas of study (screenwriting, producing, animation, digital media, etc.).
- Direction of Actors for Film and Television
- Advanced Direction of Actors for Film and Television
- Advanced Coverage
- Directing Actors for Camera
- Writing Short Screenplays
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesVisual Arts Film, Photography & Media Theatre & Dance View 748 other Masters in Visual Arts in United States
- Have at least a 3.0 GPA
- Satisfy the University of California’s Graduate Admission Requirements
- Complete equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree
- Statement of Purpose
- Upload a Short Film Treatment
- Unofficial copies of all Transcripts.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Any international applicant whose first language is not English must certify proficiency in English when applying to UCLA, and, if admitted, upon arrival
- U.S. immigration law requires that international applicants, if admitted, show documented evidence that sufficient funds to cover all tuition, fees, transportation, and living expenses are available for the first year of their studies at UCLA
International32858 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 32858 USD per year during 36 months.
National32858 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 32858 USD per year during 36 months.
In-State17456 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17456 USD per year during 36 months.
Living costs for Beverly Hills
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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