Producing Professional Program FAQs

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Q: Is the Professional Program in Producing affiliated with UCLA Extension?

A: No. The Professional Program in Producing was created by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television as an alternative to the world-renowned MFA Producing Program. The Professional Program in Producing is based at the School of Theater, Film and Television and is the only non-degree graduate-level producing program to have oversight by the School. The Professional Program features an admissions process based on supporting application materials, and shares curriculum and faculty with the graduate film/tv programs at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.


Q: What's the difference between the UCLA Professional Program in Producing and the UCLA Undergraduate Summer Institute in Producing?

A: The Professional Program in Producing is an intensive 10-week graduate-level program with over twenty different instructors covering all major aspects of the business of producing film and tv. All classes take place from 7:00pm - 10:00pm to allow for working professionals to participate. International students are eligible for enrollment and are encouraged to apply. Applicants to the Professional Program in Producing must possess an undergraduate Bachelor's degree. Candidates who do not possess at least a Bachelor's degree may prefer to enroll in the UCLA Undergraduate Summer Institute.


Q: What is the demographic of the Professional Program in Producing?

A: The program has a diverse student body. Some students are already working in the entertainment field, while others are looking for a new or second career. The program also draws international students, many of whom are entertainment industry professionals in their home country.


Q: Is there any homework in this program?

A: The Professional Program in Producing is a lecture-based program. Although some instructors may suggest that you read certain material in preparation for discussion in class, there is little requirement of you to do homework assignments. That said, be prepared for an intensive experience, as you will be in class for three hours per night, twelve hours per week, for ten consecutive weeks.


Q: Will I have access to film equipment and screening rooms?

A: Film equipment and screening rooms are reserved for UCLA degree students, who pay accordingly higher tuition fees. The Professional Program is strictly a lecture-based program, taking place entirely in one particular classroom during regularly scheduled program hours.


Q: How competitive is admission to the Professional Program in Producing?

A: While not everyone is admitted to the program, we are able to accommodate a larger number of students than are admitted to the MFA Producers Program each year.


Q: I am an international student. Do I need to provide TOEFL scores with my application?

A: Yes. If you are a non-native English-speaking student, please be advised that our Professional Programs certificate courses are intensive and that all work must be practiced in English. A sufficient command of the English language is necessary to participate. A TOEFL score of 560 (paperbased) or 87 (internet based iBT) will be necessary to participate in our programs.


Q: May I transfer credits from the Professional Program in Producing to an MFA program?

A: Professional Program students do not earn academic credits.


Q: Will you help me find a job?

A: While there is no official job placement through this program, we will let you know if we hear of any available industry jobs that we think you might be interested in. Production companies sometimes contact us when they are looking to fill a particular position. Keep in mind that companies will typically require their unpaid interns to be receiving academic credits, and Professional Program students do not earn academic credits.


Q: What do alumni typically end up doing after completing this program?

A: Some alumni go on to form their own production companies and produce their own projects, while others become creative executives or seek entry-level jobs in the entertainment field. Please see our Alumni page for more information.