Screenwriting Professional Program FAQs

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Is the Professional Program in Screenwriting affiliated with UCLA Extension or UCLA Summer Sessions?

No. The Professional Program in Screenwriting was created by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television as an alternative to the world-renowned MFA Screenwriting Program. The Professional Program in Screenwriting is based at the School of Theater, Film and Television and is the only non-degree graduate-level screenwriting program to have oversight by the School.


What’s the difference between the Professional Program in Screenwriting and other screenwriting programs?

The Professional Program in Screenwriting is based at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and is modeled after the world-renowned MFA Screenwriting Program. The Professional Program is graduate-level, features an admissions process based on supporting application materials, shares curriculum and faculty with the graduate film/tv programs, and the screenwriting workshops are limited to eight students to allow for more time to be devoted to each student. Both the campus and online screenwriting workshops are taught by professional screenwriters. And the online screenwriting workshops meet LIVE for round-table discussion and analysis of each student's work.


Once enrolled, when will I know what my workshop schedule is?

For administrative reasons, we do not assign students to their workshops until a few weeks prior to the start of the program. We make every effort to work around your schedule conflicts, so be sure to write them down in the appropriate spot on the application form.


May I rewrite a screenplay or write an adaptation in your workshops?

Students are expected to write original screenplays from scratch. Adaptations and rewrites are not permitted. However, we sometimes designate certain Advanced Workshops as rewrite workshops, so that students who have completed the Professional Program in Screenwriting may have the opportunity to rewrite a script in one of our courses.


May I co-write my screenplays in your program?

Students must be the sole writer on their projects. Co-writing is not permitted.


If I'm enrolled in the Professional Program in Screenwriting, may I switch between the campus program and the online program?

Due to the structure of the program, students may only switch from the campus program to the online program (or vice-versa) between the Winter and Spring Quarters, and only if space permits.


How competitive is admission to the Professional Program in Screenwriting?

While not everyone is admitted to the program, we can accommodate a significantly larger number of students than are admitted to the MFA Screenwriting Program each year. We admit students to the program on a rolling basis, and the number of students enrolled varies from year to year.


How many Professional Program students go on to become professional screenwriters?

Although screenwriting is a very competitive field, many of our alumni have found success and become working writers. For more information, please see our Alumni page.


May I transfer credits from the Professional Program in Screenwriting to an MFA program?

Professional Program students do not earn academic credits.


I am hearing or voice impaired and am concerned about being able to participate in the online screenwriting workshop. Will there be any accommodation for me?

Yes, we will work with you so that you are able to participate in the program. Please contact the Professional Programs office at professionalprograms@tft.ucla.edu for more information.