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Summer 2017 Courses

Session A: June 26 – August 4, 2017
Session C: August 7 – September 15, 2017

For information about UCLA Summer Sessions, including registration and fee information, visit summer.ucla.edu. Additional information can be found on our list of frequently asked questions.

Click through the session name under each class to see the course description on the Registrar's website.

Questions about TFT online courses can be directed to online@tft.ucla.edu.

All course are fully asynchronous. Students do not need to be online at a specific time or report to a physical location for any portion of the class, including exams. Lecture videos can be viewed at any time; there are specific deadlines for assignments. See the course websites and syllabi for details

  • Film TV 122B - Introduction to Art and Technique of Filmmaking - 4 units

    Counts toward film minor

    Students acquire understanding of practical and aesthetic challenges undertaken by artists and professionals in making of motion pictures and television. Examination of film as both art and industry: storytelling, sound and visual design, casting and performance, editing, finance, advertising, and distribution. Exploration of American and world cinema from a filmmaker's perspective. Honing of analytical skills and development of critical vocabulary for study of filmmaking as technical, artistic and cultural phenomenon.

    Professor Rory Kelly is an assistant professor in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.

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  • Film TV 122E - Digital Cinematography - 4 units

    Counts toward film minor

    Film clips and videotaped on-site demonstrations by Academy Award-winning Professor Tom Denove highlight this exploration of the principles and practices of digital cinematography. Examines how tools and techniques affect the visual storytelling process. Topics include formats, aspect ratios, cameras, lenses, special effects, internal-menu picture manipulation, lighting, composition, coverage, high definition, digital exhibition, multiple-camera shooting and more.

    Professor Tom Denove is the Area Head of Cinematography and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Theater, Film and Television.

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  • Film TV 33 - Introductory Screenwriting - 4 units
    Film TV C132 - Screenwriting Fundamentals- 2 units
    Counts toward film minor

    33 - 4 units - Learn the fundamental elements of effective storytelling for the screen. Work with a TA from the UCLA MFA screenwriting program to develop a short treatment for your own original feature-length screenplay.
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    C132 - 2 units - Follow the same lectures and readings as C132, but complete shorter written assignments. Lectures, readings, screenings and two short papers.
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    Professor Richard Walter is a celebrated storytelling educator, movie industry expert and area head of the graduate screenwriting program at the School of Theater, Film and Television.

    Note: Students may not receive credit for both Film TV C132 and Film TV 33. Students who previously took Film TV 133 may not take either of these classes.

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    133 Course Syllabus

  • Film TV 146 - Art and Practice of Motion Picture Producing: So You Want to Make a Movie? - 4 units

    Counts toward film minor

    An overview of the development, production, and distribution of feature films for the worldwide theatrical market. Topics include identifying material, attaching elements and understanding the basics of financing for both studio and independent feature films.

    Professor Barbara Boyle is Associate Dean and Professor at the School of Theater, Film and Television. Her company, Sovereign Pictures, has financed and distributed 25 films internationally, including My Left Foot and Phenomenon.

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  • Film TV 84A - Overview of Contemporary Film Industry - 4 units

    Counts toward film minor

    This course, also known as Navigating Hollywood, is an institutional analysis of the American film and television industry. It examines Hollywood's economic structures and business practices. Special emphasis is placed on marketing and distribution systems, the history and operations of studios and networks and their relationships to independent producers, talent and agencies. Know as much as — or more than — the savviest Hollywood insider.

    Professor Denise Mann is Vice Chair of the UCLA M.F.A. Producers Program.

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  • Theater 10 - Introduction to Theater - 5 units

    UCLA General Education Credit

    Explores the principles and major components of live theatrical performance,including the collaborative dynamics between director, playwright, actor, and audience. The course covers major theatrical works from around the globe, exploring how theater is informed by and reflects its cultural and historical contexts.

    Dr. David Gorshein holds a Ph.D. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and has designed many courses for theater majors and non-majors.

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  • Theater 120A - Acting and Performance in Film I - 5 units
    Counts toward Theater minor

    An exploration of screen performance from an artistic, historical and cultural perspective. Examines the Stanislavski Method and other techniques advanced by famed acting teachers such as Uta Hagen, Stanford Meisner and Stella Adler. Theater 120A, 120B and 120C explore different elements of screen performance and can be taken in any order.

    Professor Joe Olivieri is the Vice Chair of the UCLA Bachelor of Arts in Acting.

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  • Theater 120B - Acting and Performance in Film II - 5 units
    Counts toward Theater minor

    Examines challenges confronted by actors in 10 film genres from the 1930s to the present. Streaming lectures and film clips illustrate skills required of performers in epic films, science fiction, musicals, comedies, action/adventure, Westerns, crime and gangster films, horror and suspense, war and anti-war films and dramas. Theater 120A, 120B and 120C explore different elements of screen performance and can be taken in any order.

    Professor Joe Olivieri is the Vice Chair of the UCLA Bachelor of Arts in Acting.

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  • Theater 107 – Drama of Diversity – 5 units
    Counts toward Theater minor
    Satisfies diversity requirement for College of Letters and Science and School of Music

    From Beyonce’s Lemonade to suffragette theater, drag queens to Hamilton, in this class we will survey a wide variety of 20th and 21st century theater movements and performances—interrogating the ways in which minoritarian theatermakers have used the stage to inspire their communities, create great art, communicate, agitate for political change and more. The dramas of diversity don’t occur only on the stage—some of them surround even the meaning of the word, how people use it in universities, and its status as an American value—the Drama of Diversity will balance a consideration of what diversity means and how it works today with introductions to many of the most exciting theater movements of the last hundred years.

    Professor Michelle Liu Carriger specializes in the historiography of theater, performance and everyday life. This course also features guest lectures from a wealth of expert theater practitioners and scholars. More information on the guests can be found on the syllabus.

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  • Theater 110: History of American Musical Theater – 5 units
    Counts toward Theater minor

    Survey of history of American musical: its composers, writers, and performers from musical's emergence in immigrant cultures to Broadway and Off-Broadway. With its roots in British music halls and comic opera, Viennese operetta and African American jazz, American musical theater emerged as vivid and popular art form with its own culture and identity.

    Professor Brian Kite is Chair of the Department of Theater and former producing artistic director of La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. This course features video lectures by beloved former Theater professor Gary Gardner.

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