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The application period for the new scholarships for the M.F.A. degree programs in Film and Television specializing in Directing, Producing and Screenwriting ends on December 1, 2016 for Fall 2017 admittance. Thursday, December 1, 2016 is the deadline for all required items to be received by UCLA TFT. Three full-ride scholarships for the M.F.A. in Film and Television — one for the Directing specialty, one for the Producing specialty and one for the Screenwriting specialty — are designed to give voice to the unique perspective of Indian women.

  • UCLA requires that an applicant hold the equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor's degree from the University of California, with a scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better — or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used — for the last 60 semester units or last 90 quarter units of undergraduate study and in any post-baccalaureate study. All applicants to this scholarship MUST fulfill this requirement.
  • In India, examples of equivalent degrees include:
  • A four-year BTech, BEng, BSC in Engineering, BArch, Bagri, MBBS, BVetMed, BDS
  • A three-year bachelors degree from India plus an MA, MSc or MComm from India
  • A bachelors degree from India plus a two-year PGDM (offered at the Indian Institute of Management)
  • A three-year bachelors degree from India plus a Post Grad Diploma from India in the same field of study.
  • Any applicant whose first language is not English must certify proficiency in English when applying to UCLA.
    • Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application. The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and a minimum of 560 on the paper/pencil test or 87 on the internet-based test is required. IELTS is administered by local IELTS test centers throughout the world. Applicants should consult IELTS for the nearest test center. An IELTS overall band score of at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

To apply for the new scholarships for the M.F.A. degree programs in Directing, Producing and Screenwriting, you will need to visit the UCLA graduate application webpage and create a new account. The application for the MFA in Film and Television and for this scholarship are one and the same. You can only apply to ONE UCLA graduate program in a calendar year. An application fee of $125.00 USD for international applicants is required. Once on the graduate application page, follow the instructions below.

  • Indicate M.F.A. as the degree
  • Indicate Film and Television as the major
  • Indicate the program (Directing, Producing or Screenwriting) as the area
  • Upload all unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • On the Personal History Statement Section of the online Graduate Division application, include your interest in the scholarship for the M.F.A. program you select and explain how you give voice to the unique perspective of Indian women. This is your application for the scholarship (maximum 8000 characters).
  • Enter names and emails of at least three recommenders. Recommenders will be sent an automated email with instructions on submitting letters.
    • Recommenders should be individuals who know you well, i.e. a teacher, an employer or someone in a position of leadership or responsibility with substantial knowledge of your personal qualities and capabilities.
  • Follow all instructions completely. More details can be found on the application worksheet. In addition to submitting your graduate application online, a printed version will need to be mailed with the following items:
  • Official copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Statement of purpose (1–2 pages): Include what you hope to achieve by participating in the program. What are your professional goals? How do you plan to achieve them?
  • FOR DIRECTING – A short film proposal (1–2 pages) will be accepted. This document will describe a short film that might be produced during your time at UCLA TFT. No adaptations or feature script treatments will be accepted. Additional information about the short film proposal can be found on the short film proposal webpage. For a worksheet on the steps to apply, go to this Directing Admissions page.
  • FOR PRODUCING – A portfolio of two treatments (3 pages each) that can be either a feature film or television treatment will be accepted. The feature film treatment may include a title, logline, genre and story synopsis. The television treatment may include a title, logline, genre, premise, short character description or major characters and a brief synopsis of pilot episode. No scripts, DVDs or films will be accepted. For a worksheet on the steps to apply, go to this Producers Program Admissions page.
  • FOR SCREENWRITING – Samples of creative writing, which can include screenplays, short stories, plays, poetry, etc., (no more than 200 pages). For a worksheet on the steps to apply, go to this Screenwriting Admissions page.
  • Complete the Online Graduate FTVDM Departmental Application, generate a PDF and mail it to us.

Mailing address for applications:
Graduate Film Admissions
UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media
103 East Melnitz Hall, Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622

If you have any questions, please email scholarships@tft.ucla.edu.