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Track 7: Pre-College Digital Filmmaking

Study at the world-renowned UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media this summer! The UCLA Film and Television Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute is designed for talented and highly motivated high school students enrolled in 10th - 12th grade in Spring 2020. This program is a two-week, intensive production workshop that offers a hands-on overview of the production process, from conceptualization to postproduction. Through lectures, discussions, workshops and group projects, students will form a basic understanding of the aesthetic, creative, and logistical decisions involved in making a film. This includes story structure, the principles of cinematography, and editing. Students are immersed in the creativity and technique of cinematic storytelling and challenged to create entertaining narrative projects.

  • The program curriculum consists of a combination of lectures, practical camera exercises, and postproduction labs
  • All films will be screened in a state-of-the-art theater during the certificate ceremony at the end of the workshop. Friends and family are welcome!
  • Students use the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media's latest editing software and high-definition cameras
  • This workshop carries three units of UCLA college credit
  • Program activities include film screenings and a visit to a Hollywood Studio
  • Student projects are filmed as daylight exteriors on location across the UCLA campus


This program carries 3 quarter units of UC credit. Students in this track are enrolled in FTV 72 Production Practice in Film, Television, and Digital Media.

Admission to the program is by instructor consent only. This track is open to high school students enrolled in 10th - 12th grade in Spring 2020 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. As part of the application process students must submit a statement of purpose, answer short essay prompts, and submit one letter of recommendation and an unofficial transcript.

View the program layout for
Digital Filmmaking Session A (June 19 – July 3, 2020)
Digital Filmmaking Session B (July 5 – 19, 2020)
Digital Filmmaking Session C (July 27 – August 10, 2020)

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.

Due to the rigorous and intense nature of the program, the residential plan, which includes a meal plan, is mandatory for all participants. Participants will be housed in one of the UCLA residence halls, comfortably furnished and conveniently located within easy walking distance of classrooms, libraries, and recreational facilities.

Summer Scholars Support
Scholarship support may be available for continuing California high school students with a family annual adjusted gross income of $115,000 or less. For deadlines, eligibility requirements and application information, please visit the Summer Scholars Support page.

Student Quotes
“Attending the UCLA Film and Television Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute was one of the best decisions I could have made. Working in the film industry has always been my biggest dream, and this program made me even more excited to have a career in this industry one day! The instructors were absolutely amazing, and I made friends that I still text with every day. Living at UCLA for two weeks was also super cool. It’s a once in a life time opportunity that no one should pass up!”.
-Emma Romano, Digital Filmmaking 2018

“As an international student seeking to study in the US, the program was a great opportunity to get some insight on what life at a US university was like. I met a ton of friends from all over the world who shared the same passions as me, and we even got to hold our own casting sessions! Although it was a rigorous and demanding two weeks, I learned a lot about the nuances of film production. Whether you've been filmmaking for your whole life or have never held a camera in your life, this program caters to everyone. I would definitely recommend this program to any high schoolers looking for something not only fun but also enriching to do over the summer.”
-Nadya Suprobo, Digital Filmmaking 2018

“This program was the best part about my summer and I definitely would recommend it to future filmmakers!”
-Digital Filmmaking Student 2018

Contact Us
UCLA Summer Institutes
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Box 951418
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1418
Tel: (310) 825-4101
Fax: (310) 825-1528
E-mail: institutes@summer.ucla.edu