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Unique to UCLA, these graduate-level, non-degree programs are modeled after the world-renowned MFA curriculum at the prestigious School of Theater, Film and Television. Classes are offered in the evenings and are taught by industry professionals, many of whom also teach in the MFA programs.

For students who want to avail themselves of a respected UCLA film and television education but are unable to commit the time to a degree program, the Professional Programs are a terrific way to go. Graduates of the Professional Programs have sold material to Disney, Fox, Miramax, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros. and many more.

Take a look through the links below and like our Facebook page to be kept up to date. If you have any questions, you can send us an email at professionalprograms@tft.ucla.edu or give us a call at (310) 825-6124.

  • Students in screenwriting class
    On-Campus Screenwriting Students in the on-campus 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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  • Online ScreenwritingLike the on-campus program, the Professional Program in Screenwriting Online is modeled after the UCLA MFA screenwriting program. Its backbone is a three-hour writing workshop, closely modeled after the MFA program’s “434” screenwriting class.
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  • Students in a classroom
    On-Campus Television Writing Students in the on-campus Professional Program in Television Writing 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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  • Online Television Writing Like the on-campus program, the Professional Program in Television Writing Program Online is made up of a weekly lecture and a three-hour writing workshop that is closely modeled after the MFA Screenwriting Program's "434" screenwriting class.
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  • Producing The perfect alternative to a graduate degree program, 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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  • 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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