Undergraduate Film BA


The FTVDM major is open to entering freshmen and transfer students only. The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Television provides an education in the history and theory of these art forms and basic learning experiences in production within the context of a liberal arts education.

Note: The School of Theater, Film, and Television does NOT allow double majors.

The convergence of all the art forms of the moving-image enables students to move freely among the plurality of media. Our course offerings cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Scholarly work in the areas of history, criticism and theory provide a conceptual underpinning for our world-class professional training courses and an educational response to the opportunities that emerging technologies offer. Our scholarly explorations, in turn, are anchored and informed by the practice of the art.

The strong academic foundations of these programs are enhanced by access to exceptional resources, including UCLA Film & Television Archive, the largest university-based moving image collection in the world. The proximity of the world's entertainment center, in Los Angeles, gives students access to people accomplished in their fields, many of whom are supportive UCLA alumni. Working and highly placed professionals visit the campus regularly as instructors or come to work here as adjunct and visiting professors.

UCLA TFT's Department of Film, Television and Digital Media empowers the creative innovators of tomorrow by training them in all aspects of the arts and crafts of the moving image, from the aesthetic to the technological. At the same time, the Department explores the best work of past masters of film and television in Cinema and Media Studies courses, and encourages students to aspire to similar accomplishments. We affirm the importance of storytelling as the form in which human beings give weight and meaning to the most important passage of their lives.

While all media technologies are means to creative ends, not ends in themselves, we believe it is essential for our students to be actively engaged in the digital and telecommunications revolution that is transforming all areas of contemporary culture. Currently, the School can boast of more than a dozen innovative initiatives that range across every program including computer assisted theater design, special effects for film and television, digital library research and archival restoration, the design of interactive texts and instructional software, computer animation and video gaming, interactive television, and the development of web-based media arts.

In the first two years of the B.A. program, students primarily focus on completing general education and University required course work. In the third year, students are introduced to all major aspects of film, television and digital media study. In the fourth year, each student completes a senior concentration chosen from film production, television production (narrative or documentary), screenwriting, animation, digital media or cinema & media studies. Students must also complete at least one professional internship during their senior year.

A wide range of courses are offered in three distinct areas: cinema & media studies — the history, theory and aesthetics of both film and television; production — film, television (studio and field), digital, experimental and animation; and film and television screenwriting, directing, photography, sound recording and editing.

UCLA TFT Requirements

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General Education Requirements

The School's General Education (GE) Requirements consist of ten courses (48 minimum units required) and are grouped into three areas: Foundations of the Arts and Humanities, Foundations of Society and Culture, and Foundations of Scientific Inquiry.

For the courses that count towards the General Education Requirements, click here.


Students who transfer from other UC campuses and have completed their GE and writing requirements prior to entry do not have to complete the School's GE and writing requirements. Students choosing this option must complete all requirements prior to entry or they will be required to complete the School's plan. Please note: Students choosing this option must also complete the School's foreign language and literature requirements.


Students who transfer from a California community college and have completed the IGETC do not have to complete the School's GE and writing requirements. Students choosing this option must complete the IGETC entirely prior to entry or they will be required to complete the school's plan. Please note: Students choosing this option must also complete the School's foreign language and literature requirements.



To receive Dean's Honors in the School of Theater, Film and Television, you must have at least 12 graded units per term with a grade-point average of 3.8 for less than 16 units of work (3.7 GPA for 16 or more units.) The honor is posted on your transcript for the appropriate term. You are NOT eligible for Dean's Honors in any given term, if you receive an Incomplete or Not Passed (NP) grade, change a grade or repeat a course.


Honors at graduation are awarded to students with superior grade point averages. To be eligible, you must have completed 90 or more units for a letter grade at the University of California.

Questions regarding any of these requirements should be directed to the School's Student Services Office, 103 East Melnitz Hall, (310) 206-8441, or filmundergrad@tft.ucla.edu.

The four-year degree program consists of five sets of curricular requirements:

Freshman & Sophmore Year

General Education Requirements
School of Theater, Film, and Television Requirements

Preparation for the Major (21 units)
  • 106A History of the American Motion Picture
  • 110A American Television History

Theater course (history, literature, or production)

One course selected from:
  • 106B History of the European Motion Picture
  • 106C History of African, Asian, and Latin American Film

Major Requirements (66 units)

Junior Year

  • 100 Undergraduate Symposium (Fall)
  • 115 Stylistic Studies for the Moving Image (Fall)
  • 134 Intermediate Screenwriting Workshop (formerly 130C)
  • 150 Cinematography
  • 154 Film Editing
  • 155 Digital Media and Tools
  • 163 Directing the Camera
  • 185 Television & Video Production (Fall)

Choose one:

  • C132 Screenwriting Fundamentals (formerly 130A)
  • 133 An In Depth Introduction to the Fundamentals of Screenwriting (formerly 130B)

One Cinema & Media Studies elective (not previously taken) from:

  • 106B History of the European Motion Picture
  • 106C History of African, Asian, and Latin American Film
  • 107 Experimental Film
  • 108 History of Documentary Film
  • 112 Film and Social Change
  • 113 Film Authors
  • 114 Film Genres
  • 116 Film Criticism
  • M117 Chicanos in Film/Video

Students must select a Senior Concentration in Spring quarter of the junior year.

Senior Year

Senior Concentration

  • Narrative Film Production
  • Documentary
  • Screenwriting
  • Animation
  • Digital Media
  • Cinema & Media Studies

The Senior Concentration consists of a minimum of 20 units of course work taken in the senior year and completion of a senior project.

Junior or Senior Year

  • 183A, B, or C
  • 195 Internship

The Bachelor of Arts in Film, Television, & Digital Media consists primarily of two years of general college studies and two years of upper division Film coursework. The Department admits new students only once each year for the Fall Quarter.

Please select how you will be applying to the BA Program:

  • Click Here, for Freshman Admissions as a high school student.
  • Click Here, for Transfer Admissions from another college or university.

** Please be sure to select the correct type of application as materials and deadlines may differ depending on your application type.


For more information on requirements and applying to UCLA as an International Student, visit http://www.admission.ucla.edu/prospect/intl.htm.


For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents interested in receiving financial aid in the 2016-2017 year, note that the Fellowship Application and Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) deadline for UCLA is March 2, 2016. Applicants must complete the FAFSA by this date if they want to be eligible for all awards, work-study, and scholarships that UCLA offers. If applying after March 2, please check with the Financial Aid Office for available funding opportunities. http://www.financialaid.ucla.edu

Please visit the FAQ page for additional questions, call 310-206-8441, or email filmundergrad@tft.ucla.edu.

** Please do not contact the department to check on your application, as we cannot update you on your application status or materials.

For Prospective Students:

For Current Students:

Film, Television & Digital Media Counselor: Rich Moushegian

Film, Television & Digital Media Staff

Film, Television & Digital Media Faculty