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Unique to UCLA, the graduate-level, non-degree offerings of Professional Programs are modeled after the world-renowned MFA curriculum at the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. All the writing classes, whether on campus or online, are patterned after the Screenwriting Program’s Advanced Screenwriting “434” class, designed by former MFA Screenwriting Program Chair Lew Hunter and current co-Chair Richard Walter. All Professional Programs classes are offered in the evenings and are taught by industry professionals, many of who also teach in the MFA programs.

Graduates of Professional Programs have sold material to Disney, Fox, Miramax, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros., among others.

Questions? Email Professional Programs at professionalprograms@tft.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-6124. Up-to-the-minute information about the program can be found on our Facebook page.

  • Producing The Professional Program in Producing provides an intensive overview of the contemporary film and television industries, and introduces students to the tools needed to navigate the studio and independent marketplace.
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  • Producing Theater Now Created and taught by five-time Tony Award nominee Susan Dietz, Producing Theater Now, a brand new Professional Programs certificate program, covers the latest developments in the complicated and ever-changing world of professional theater.
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  • Students in screenwriting class
    Screenwriting Students in the Professional Program in Screenwriting attend two classes per week: A lecture taught by UCLA TFT Screenwriting Department co-Chair Hal Ackerman and a screenwriting workshop led by a guest professional screenwriter.
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  • Screenwriting OnlineLike the on-campus program, students in the Screenwriting Online course participate in a group lecture and workshop. High-speed Internet access and a web cam are required.
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  • Students in a classroom
    Writing for Television Students in the Professional Program in Writing for Television attend two classes per week: A lecture taught by UCLA TFT MFA instructor Neil Landau and a screenwriting workshop led by a guest professional screenwriter.
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  • Writing for Television Online Like the on-campus program, students in the Writing for Television Online course participate in a group lecture and workshop. High-speed Internet access and a web cam are required.
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  • James Ponsoldt
    Alumni The collection of entertainment industry success stories from UCLA Professional Programs includes such alumni as filmmaker James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now"), actor/producer Uday Chopra, Lucasfilm Creative Executive Rayne Roberts and many more.
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