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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.

Internships
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 SeriesSupernatural), Comedy Central, Material Pictures (Pawn Sacrifice), 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.

Symposium
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 Simon Kinberg (writer-producer, X-Men: First ClassMr. & Mrs. Smith); Zak Penn (writer, The Incredible Hulk); Nate Moore (Executive Producer, Black Panther); Chris Gorak (director, The Darkest Hour); John Hegeman (chief marketing officer, New Regency Productions);  and many others.

Hollywood & Networking
As part of the Summer Institute, students tour a major Hollywood movie studio. A networking mixer for students and alumni takes place on the last night of the program and the movies from the film production and animation tracks are shown.

Curriculum
This program carries 13 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 (4)
    Fieldwork, 120 hours. Students pursue a corporate internship in supervised setting in a business related to film and television industries.

 

Admission
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.

Schedule
View the program layout for Creative Producing (June 24-August 16, 2019). Classroom instruction will end August 2, however internships will continue until August 16th.

Registration
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.

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
Housing is available in the UCLA Residence Halls for students age 16 and older. You can view the various housing options and rates.

Student Quotes
“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

“The program makes you wish it was a full quarter term long because you become so engaged right off the bat.”
-Sebastian Escobar, Creative Producing 2018

Contact Us
UCLA Summer Institutes
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Los Angeles, CA 90095-1418
Tel: (310) 825-4101
Fax: (310) 825-1528
E-mail: institutes@summer.ucla.edu