Track 1: Creative Producing
The Creative Producing track lets college students study the role of the creative producer or executive while participating in entertainment industry internships. In class, students study the history of the Hollywood studio system and gain a critical perspective of the contemporary industry. In their internships, students apply those skills “on the ground” and build important relationships with industry professionals. In this way, the Creative Producing track is the perfect combination of theory and practice and contributes to a well-rounded liberal arts education that will benefit a wide range of majors from the humanities.
Creative Producing students pursue internships in entertainment companies during the day. In the past, Summer Institute students have interned at companies such as NBCUniversal, United Talent Agency (UTA), MGM, Sony Pictures Studios, Mandalay Entertainment, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Wonderland Sound & Vision (Lethal Weapon TV Series, Supernatural), Comedy Central, Chernin Entertainment (Hidden Figures), DeLine Pictures (Ready Player One) and many others. Students are responsible for applying for their internships, and our internship coordinator advises and assists students throughout the process. However, because summer is a very competitive season for internships, early registration is required to ensure sufficient lead-time for the application process. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a workshop on How to Write Script Coverage. This workshop is designed to cover all important aspects of how to read scripts and write effective coverage, while also discussing other ways to prepare for and maximize the internship experience.
In the exclusive Summer Institute Symposium, students from all tracks meet and listen to some of Hollywood’s most accomplished professionals. High-wattage guests have included Eric Heisserer (writer, Arrival); Steven Canals (creator and EP of Pose on FX); Jeff King (Executive Producer of The Umbrella Academy on Netflix); Agents from CAA, ICM, Paradigm, and UTA; Simon Kinberg (Writer/Producer, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Martian); Zak Penn (Writer, Ready Player One); and many others.
Hollywood & Networking
During the weekly Summer Institute Mixer, students network with alumni and students from other UCLA Film and Television Summer Institute tracks. Students tour a major Hollywood movie studio. The Film and Television Summer Institute finishes with a closing ceremony and a networking mixer for students and alumni of our program. Friends and family are welcome!
This program carries 11 quarter units of UC credit. Students in this track are enrolled in the following classes:
- FTV 101A Symposium (1)
In this weekly seminar prominent guests from the industry share their experiences and answer student questions about their career and working in Hollywood today.
- FTV 183A Introduction to Producing (4)
This foundation course offers the basics in film and TV development, production and financing, and discusses current trends and issues in the contemporary entertainment industry.
- FTV 84A Overview of Contemporary Movie Industry (4)
This course is an examination of evolving economic structure and business practices in contemporary Hollywood movie industry, with an emphasis on operations of studios, their marketing and distribution systems, and their relationship to independent producers, talent, and agencies.
- FTV 195 Professional Internship (2)
Fieldwork, 120 hours. Students pursue a corporate internship in supervised setting in a business related to film and television industries.
Admission to the program is by instructor consent only. At registration, applicants will be prompted brief essay questions that will determine their suitability for each track. As space is limited, early registration is highly recommended. This track is open to current undergraduate students only (rising junior and above). Due to visa restrictions, international students are not eligible. For students holding completed bachelor's degrees, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television offers a 10-week Professional Program in Producing.
View the program layout for Creative Producing (June 22-August 14, 2020). Classroom instruction will end July 31st, however internships will continue until August 14th.
Register Online. In order to secure your spot, a $150 nonrefundable deposit is due upon completion of your application for the program. You may pay by credit or debit card using our secure online credit card form. Your $150 deposit is nonrefundable and will be applied towards your balance once enrolled in the program.
Grades and Transcripts
Program participants will earn units of credit on a letter-grading basis and will be recorded on an official University of California transcript. Please note that official transcripts are not automatically sent to students. To request a transcript, please contact the UCLA Registrar’s Office.
Housing is available in the UCLA Residence Halls. To apply for summer accommodations, please select from the following housing options and rates and submit an application directly to UCLA Housing. It is highly recommended that you apply for housing early, as applications are approved on a first-come-first served basis.
Financial aid for Summer Sessions is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the UCLA financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of summer.ucla.edu
“The UCLA (Film and Television) Summer Institute has given me the confidence and invaluable knowledge to successfully navigate the entertainment industry. Because of their outstanding curriculum, I have successfully worked for major studios in the industry and will be joining the writing team for an upcoming Netflix series."
-Joshua Castillo, Creative Producing 2017
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