We are seeking bold, adventurous MFA students eager to collaborate in an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum for the theater of the future.

The UCLA Department of Theater's Directing Program welcomes adventurous students who look forward to intensive collaboration with their peers in acting and playwriting in their first year of graduate study.

In their first quarter, students in the Directing, Acting and Playwriting programs will collectively study directing, acting, voice, movement and playwriting to create collaborative projects including a series of original performance pieces and a One Act festival.

In subsequent quarters, students will be frequently reassembled in collaborative teams to create group projects. The first year includes the study of directing, acting voice, movement and playwriting; and working with acting and design students on the creation of original theater pieces in preparation for advanced collaborative work in the second year. The second year includes collaborating with graduate playwriting students, directing a staged reading of an original full-length play in the New Works Project, and directing a full-length play by a major playwright in an experimental configuration of the black box theater. In the third year, students direct a thesis production chosen with the approval of their faculty advisor and directing committee, which may also be done in television or other digital media. Directing students also complete professional internships at such theaters as the Geffen Playhouse and the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

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Required Courses
  • 205ABC: Background of Theatrical Art
  • 265: Modern Theories of Production
  • 232: Manuscript Evaluation
  • 247: Collaboration Project in Design and Production
  • 266: Theatrical Conceptualization
  • 429: Performance Workshop
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • 260: Directing I
  • 261: Directing II
  • 433B: Script Development Workshop
  • 264: Directing Classic and Historical Drama
  • 405: Television Production Workshop
  • 460AF-460AW-460AS: Contemporary Issues in Direction
  • 263: Production Project in Direction for the Stage
  • C433C: Script Development Workshop
  • 596C: Directed Individual Studies: Directing (Thesis Preparation)
  • 463: Project in Direction for the Stage (Thesis Production)

Background courses for Thesis Project

  • 498: Professional Internship in Theater, Film and Television

Degree Requirements

Students will be required to enroll in a minimum of twelve units per quarter. Required courses will be scheduled to permit completion of the program within a three year period. In addition to the successful completion of a minimum of 106 units or 26.5 courses, candidates for the degree must pass a comprehensive examination, including critical evaluation of the production projects which culminate in a manner to show professional competence in the field.

Under special circumstances, by petition, the 106 units or 26.5 course requirement may be fulfilled with approved alternate courses. However, a minimum of 94 units or 23.5 courses must be at the graduate level, a maximum of 10 undergraduate units, and a maximum of 12 units of 596 courses may be applied toward the degree.

Students admitted to the program are expected to have mastered skills and have a general knowledge of the materials and processes relevant to their field of study. Students may be required to complete additional courses upon recommendation of the advisor.

The Master of Fine Arts degree is awarded on the basis of successful completion of the required courses and critical evaluation of student work. The Department expects consistent progress as well as attainment of professional skills. These and other factors will also influence the Department's allocation of production resources including the number, scale, and scheduling of projects and productions.

All Theater, Film and Television degree programs are full-time, daytime programs. The Theater graduate programs have daytime classes and evening production activities. The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television only accepts applicants for admittance for the Fall. The admissions information below is for Fall 2019.

The UCLA Department of Theater will be participating in the U/RTA Interviews for students applying to Directing program for Fall 2019.

Application Deadline: Extended to January 7, 2019

Please complete all of the following steps:

Step 1: UCLA Graduate Application

  • Complete the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.
    • Indicate MFA as the degree, THEATER as the major, and DIRECTING as the area.
    • Submit the Application and Pay the Application Fee by January 7.
  • Upload UNOFFICIAL copies of all TRANSCRIPTS to the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.
    • Include all Undergraduate and Graduate institutions attended.
    • NOTE: Community College transcripts are not necessary, as the coursework will be reflected on the undergraduate transcript.

Step 2: Supplemental Application

  • Complete the Graduate Theater Supplemental Application.
    • MUST be completed ONLINE by January 7, 2019.
      • A supplemental application fee of $20 will be required
    • Please note that the UCLA Graduate Application ID number is needed to complete the supplemental application.
    • Create an account with Acceptd.
      • Note: This is not the same as the UCLA Login.
    • Complete all required Application Information.
    • Compose a 1-2 page document giving the faculty a sense of who you are.
    • Please address the following: Why are you interested in the program? What life experiences have contributed to you applying to TFT? What do you hope to achieve by participating in the program? What are your professional goals and how do you plan to achieve them?
  • Upload a RESUME of training and experience in Theater or other related work.
  • Upload an ESSAY outlining a directorial approach to any play you have selected.
    • Evidence of production work, which may include prompt books, photographs, or reviews, may also be submitted.
  • Upload UNOFFICIAL copies of all TRANSCRIPTS to the Graduate Theater Supplemental Application.
    • Enter the Names and Emails of all recommenders into the Graduate Theater Supplemental Application.

Step 3: Mail

  • Mail an OFFICIAL copy of TRANSCRIPTS from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
    • NOTE: Community College transcripts are not necessary, as the coursework will be reflected on the undergraduate transcript.
  • Request that all TEST SCORES be sent directly to UCLA.
    • Only test scores taken by the end of December 31, 2018 will be accepted.
    • The UCLA Code is 4837 and the Theater Code is 2403.


Please SEND all applicable materials to:

Graduate Theater Admissions: Directing
UCLA Department of Theater
103 East Melnitz Hall, Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622

Application Deadline: Extended to January 7, 2019


English Proficiency: Any international applicant whose first language is not English must certify proficiency in English when applying to UCLA, and, if admitted, upon arrival. Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application. The UCLA Code is 4837 and the Theater Code is 2403. Only test scores taken by the end of December 31, 2018 will be accepted. For more information about this requirement, visit

Academic Records: Although the UCLA Graduate Division Application enables applicants to upload an unofficial copy of their academic records, all applicants are required to submit official records from each academic institution attended. For more information about this requirement, visit

Proof of Funding for Visa: U.S. immigration law requires that international applicants, if admitted, show documented evidence that sufficient funds to cover all tuition, fees, transportation, and living expenses are available for the first year of their studies at UCLA. This must be proved before a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS2019) for a visa can be issued. For more information about this requirement, visit

FAFSA: For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents interested in receiving financial aid in the 2019-2020 year, note that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline for UCLA is March 2, 2019. Applicants must complete the FAFSA by this date if they want to be eligible for all awards, work-study, and scholarships that UCLA offers. If applying after March 2, please check with the Financial Aid Office for available funding opportunities.

DREAM Act: For non-US Citizens or non-Permanent Residents who are approved to pay in-state tuition because they graduated from a high school in California; they will need to complete the California DREAM application by the March 2, 2019 deadline. The DREAM application can be accessed at If applying after March 2, please check with the Financial Aid Office for available funding opportunities.

By the time of entrance, Theater Graduate Applicants Must:

  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Satisfy the University of California’s Graduate Admission Requirements.
  • Complete equivalent to a 4 year US Bachelor’s Degree.
Please visit the FAQ page for additional information, call 310-206-8441, or e-mail Please do not contact the department to check on your application, as we cannot update you on your application status or materials.

For Prospective Students:

For Current Students:

Theater Counselors: Barrett Korerat and Catherine Hernandez-Shibata

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