Apply for The M.F.A. Degree Program in Directing/Production

Applications for the new Directing scholarships for the M.F.A. in Directing/Production are due no later than Monday, December 1, 2014 for Fall 2015 admittance. The three four-year scholarships support graduate film directing students who give voice to the unique perspective of Arab women.

  • UCLA requires that an applicant hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor's degree from a four-year institution, with at least a 3.0 GPA or better - or its equivalent – for the last two years of undergraduate study.
  • For a list of the equivalent degrees to a U.S. bachelor's degree for many of the Arab League countries and their 3.0 GPA equivalents, please check the International App Review Guide.
  • 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 Directing scholarships for the M.F.A. in Directing/Production, you will need to visit the UCLA graduate application webpage and create a new account. An application fee of $110.00 USD will be required to submit the online graduate application. 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 Directing/Production as the area
  • Upload all unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • 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 your interest in the scholarship for the M.F.A. in Directing/Production and explain how you give voice to the unique perspective of Arab women. What do you hope to achieve by participating in the program? What are your professional goals? How do you plan to achieve them?
  • Original treatment (1–2 pages): 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.
  • Letters of Recommendations (maximum of 3)

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

  • How to Write a Film Treatment A film treatment is a summary of a screenplay detailed in a two-page document. It can be considered a simplified pitch that conveys the key elements of your screenplay to make it stand out.
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