Television Writing Professional Program FAQs

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Q: Is the Professional Program in Writing for Television affiliated with UCLA Extension?

A: No. The Professional Program in Writing for Television was created by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is based at the School of TFT, and is the only non-degree graduate-level television writing program to have oversight by the School.


Q: What is the difference between the Professional Program in Writing for Television and other TV writing programs?

A: The Professional Program in Writing for Television 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, and the screenwriting workshops are limited to eight students to allow for more time to be devoted to each student. Workshops are taught by writers with produced television credits.


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

A: 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.


Q: May I rewrite a teleplay or write an adaptation in the workshop?

A: Students are expected to write original teleplays from scratch. Adaptations and rewrites are not permitted.


Q: May I co-write my scripts in this program?

A: Students must be the sole writer on their projects.


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: How competitive is admission to the Professional Program in Writing for Television?

A: While not everyone is admitted to the program, we can accommodate a larger number of students than are admitted to the TV track in the MFA program. We admit students to the program on a rolling basis, and the number of students enrolled varies from year to year.


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: May I transfer credits from the Professional Program to a degree program?

A: Professional Program students do not earn academic credits.