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The Film, Television, and Digital Media minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major program of study with a series of courses that promote the study of film, television, and digital media as art forms with social, political, cultural, and economic significance. The minor consists of a choice of upper division courses that introduce students to the practice and critical study of film, television and digital media.

Successful completion of the FTVDM minor will be indicated on the transcript and diploma.

The Film, Television and Digital Media minor program requires seven courses.  Each course must be letter graded, unless the course is offered Passed/Not Passed only. An overall GPA 2.0 or better for minor coursework is required.  At least 20 units must be credited exclusively to the FTVDM minor and not shared with another major or minor program.

All FTVDM minor courses must be taken in residence at UCLA. UCLA summer session is permitted. Enrollment through UCLA EXTENSION is not allowed and will not be credited toward the FTVDM minor.

Enrollment in FTVDM minor courses is typically restricted to our majors and minors on the priority and first enrollment passes and opens to all students at the start of second enrollment pass, space permitting.  Removing enrollment restrictions is a manual process which happens when our staff arrives for work on the day.

Select TWO lower division courses from the following list.  Note: courses formerly numbered FILM TV 106A, 110A, 133 and 184A may be credited toward FILM TV 6A, 10A, 33 and 84A, respectively.

  • FILM TV 6A: History of the American Motion Picture
  • FILM TV 10A: American Television History
  • FILM TV 33: Introductory Screenwriting (Note: unit credit allowed for either FILM TV C132 or 33, not both)
  • FILM TV M50 (or ENGL M50): Introduction to Visual Culture
  • FILM TV 51: Digital Media Studies
  • FILM TV 84A: Overview of Contemporary Film Industry

Select ONE course from Film and Media History, Aesthetics, and Society:

  • FILM TV 106B: History of the European Motion Picture
  • FILM TV 106C: History of African, Asian, and Latin American Film
  • FILM TV 108: History of Documentary Film
  • FILM TV M111: Women and Film
  • FILM TV 112: Film and Social Change
  • FILM TV 113: Film Authors
  • FILM TV 114: Film Genres
  • FILM TV 116: Film Criticism
  • FILM TV M117: Chicanos in Film/Video
  • FILM TV 122J: Disney Feature: Then and Now
  • FILM TV 122N: History of Animation

Select TWO courses from Film and Media Practice:

  • FILM TV 122B: Introduction to art and Technique of Filmmaking
  • FILM TV 122D: Film Editing
  • FILM TV 122E: Digital Cinematography
  • FILM TV 122K: Visual Effects
  • FILM TV 122M: Film and Television Directing
  • FILM TV C132: Screenwriting Fundamentals (Note: unit credit allowed for either FILM TV C132 or 33, not both)
  • FILM TV 140: Interactive Expressions
  • FILM TV 146: Art and Practice of Motion Picture Producing
  • FILM TV 181A: Introduction to Animation
  • FILM TV 183A: Producing I
  • FILM TV 183B: Producing II
  • FILM TV 183C: Producing III
  • FILM TV 184B: Overview of Contemporary Television Industry
  • FILM TV 186A: Intro to Documentary Video Production

Select TWO ADDITIONAL elective courses not already used as a credit for categories above:

  • FILM TV 106B: History of the European Motion Picture
  • FILM TV 106C: History of African, Asian, and Latin American Film
  • FILM TV 108: History of Documentary Film
  • FILM TV M111: Women and Film
  • FILM TV 112: Film and Social Change
  • FILM TV 113: Film Authors
  • FILM TV 114: Film Genres
  • FILM TV 116: Film Criticism
  • FILM TV M117: Chicanos in Film/Video
  • FILM TV 122B: Introduction to Art and Technique of Filmmaking
  • FILM TV 122C: Design and Experimental Film Production
  • FILM TV 122D: Film Editing
  • FILM TV 122E: Digital Cinematography
  • FILM TV 122I: Writing for Animation Series
  • FILM TV 122J: Disney Feature: Then and Now
  • FILM TV 122K: Visual Effects
  • FILM TV 122M: Film and Television Directing
  • FILM TV 122N: History of Animation
  • FILM TV C132: Screenwriting Fundamentals (NOTE: unit credit allowed for either FILM TV C132 or 33, not both)
  • FILM TV 140: Interactive Expressions
  • FILM TV 146: Art and Practice of Motion Picture Producing
  • FILM TV 181A: Introduction to Animation
  • FILM TV 181B: Writing for Animation
  • FILM TV 181C: Animation Workshop
  • FILM TV 183A: Producing I
  • FILM TV 183B: Producing II
  • FILM TV 183C: Producing III
  • FILM TV 184B: Overview of Contemporary Television Industry
  • FILM TV 186A: Intro Documentary Video Production
  • FILM TV 194 and 195: Internship.  In combination, 194 and 195 credit as one elective.  See http://legacy.tft.ucla.edu/internships/.

When and where to apply:

  • Applications will be accepted ONLY during 1st Week in FALL and SPRING quarters by 4PM Friday.  Applications are NOT accepted during Winter quarter or Summer.
  • Submit your application as ONE PACKAGE to TFT Student Services Office at 103 East Melnitz Building.

Who can apply:  Applicants MUST meet the following criteria.

  1. Applicant must have COMPLETED at least three courses from the FILM TV Minor Course List, each with a letter grade of B or better.
  1. Applicant must have UCLA GPA 3.0 or better.
  1. Applicant must have declared a major in a department other than Film, Television, and Digital Media.  Premajor standing is not sufficient.

IMPORTANT: All degree requirements, including the specific requirements for the minor, must be fulfilled within the maximum units to degree permitted by your School or College.
Students who exceed their maximum units to degree may make themselves  ineligible for a degree and/or may be removed from the minor. If you will exceed your unit maximum to degree or are unsure, please consult with an adviser in your School or College before applying to the minor.

COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE STUDENTS: If you are considering a minor in either Theater or Film, Television and Digital Media, and you have already earned 150 units or more (including your AP and IB credits), you MUST consult your appropriate College of Letters and Science Counselor (Honors, Athletics, AAP, or CAC) to determine whether it is possible to add a minor – and you must do this BY THE END OF WEEK 4 of the quarter in which you are applying for the minor. Your College Counselor should indicate on Counselor Desktop his or her 'provisional approval' of your declaring the minor. If our office cannot verify that your L&S counselor approves, then we cannot add you to the minor.

How to Apply: submit the following documents as one package to TFT Student Services Office at 103 East Melnitz Building.

Approval of your application: Approximately Week 6, applicants will see on MYUCLA the approval or denial of their petition to add the minor.  In general, students who meet the minimum application criteria (3 FTVDM minor courses completed with B or better, GPA 3.0 or better, major declared) will have their petition to add the FTVDM minor approved.  For petitioners with 150+ units to degree, approval of your petition by the Department of FTVDM must be followed by the subsequent approval of your School or College – if such action is required, it will be noted on your petition approval which you can see on MYUCLA. 

If any unanswered questions, students may visit TFT Student Services Office at 103 East Melnitz Building or e-mail filmminor@tft.ucla.edu.