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Professional Programs

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. Classes are offered in the evenings and are taught by industry professionals, many of whom 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.

  • 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, 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 Screenwriting Program’s “434” class.
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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, the Professional Program in Writing for Television Online is comprised of a weekly lecture and a three-hour writing workshop that is closely modeled after the MFA Screenwriting Program's "434" class.
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  • 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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  • 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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