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Film Production

Session A (June 24 – August 2, 2024)
Session C (August 5 – September 13, 2024)

Program Overview

The UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute gives students from across the country and around the globe an unparalleled opportunity to study filmmaking at one of the most prestigious film schools in the world. This intensive immersion filmmaking workshop is intended for beginning and intermediate filmmakers of all ages (18+).

Students work together on short film projects as they are introduced to the aesthetics, techniques and practices of filmmaking. Students work closely with UCLA faculty to study directing, cinematography, editing, production and creative collaboration while using UCLA equipment and sound stages.

The UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute shapes the filmmakers of tomorrow right in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world.


This program carries 13 quarter units of UC credit. Students in this track are enrolled in the following classes:

FTV 104 Film and Television 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 122D Film Editing: Overview of History, Technique, and Practice (4)This course discusses the practical application of film editing techniques, how they have evolved and continue to evolve. It examines the history of editing, as well as current editing trends, terminology and workflow. Students work in Premiere.

FTV 122E Digital Cinematography (4) With lectures, screenings and demonstrations, this course is a study of the principles of digital cinematography and discusses how tools and techniques affect visual storytelling process. Topics include formats, aspect ratios, cameras, lenses, special effects, internal menu picture manipulation, lighting, composition, coverage, high definition, digital exhibition, filtration, multiple-camera shooting.

FTV 178 Film and Television Production Laboratory (4) For the first half of the course, students direct and edit their own short film exercises and help each other on set by rotating crew positions. For the final project, students pitch short film ideas and the two story ideas that are selected are green lit for a two-day production. Students who pitched the selected stories go on to serve as screenwriters. Students interested in directing present a director’s pitch and one director per project is selected. Students are assigned crew positions based on their interests and aptitude. The final project is filmed over two days on a sound stage or at select campus locations.

The program provides digital cinema cameras and lighting equipment, access to facilities, and location permits for campus locations. The program culminates in a final screening of the films in a state-of-the-art theater at the end of the program. Friends and family are welcome.

Due to the intensive nature of the program, a maximum of two program absences are permitted.


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 & The Industry

As part of the Summer Institute, students tour a major Hollywood Studio. The Film and Television Summer Institute concludes with a closing night ceremony and a networking mixer for students and alumni of our program. Friends and family welcome!


This track is open to college students and aspiring filmmakers (ages 18+), including international students.

Online Registration

Registration opens February 15, 2024.

Please visit the Summer Sessions website for more information.

Eligible applicants who successfully submit all requirements will be reviewed and notified via email of an admission decision within two weeks. Early application is strongly encouraged.

“The UCLA Film and Television Production Summer Institute was a life-changing experience that not only gave me hands on experience with equipment that most film students could only dream of having access to, but also exposed me to an entire group of motivated and wonderful people to share the fun with. I made some of my closest friends at UCLA that summer, and we continue to collaborate on film work today.”

– Film Production Student
Film Production 2018

Supply List

External Hard Drive

Solid-State Drive (SSD) External Hard Drive w/ minimum 500GB Storage Capacity Connectivity/Interface: USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt
Examples of acceptable drives:

  • SAMSUNG SSD T7 Portable External Solid-State Drive 500GB, USB 3.2 Gen 2, MU-PC500T/AM
  • G-Technology 500GB G-DRIVE ev RaW SSD Portable External Storage with Removable Protective Rubber Bumper – USB 3.0 – 0G04755-1
Memory Card

One SDXC memory card with the following specifications:

  • Minimum 64GB Storage Capacity
  • Max Read Speed: 95 MB/s
  • Minimum Write Speed: 60 MB/s
  • Records Full HD, 3D, and 4K Video
  • Built-in Write-Protect Switch
  • Example: SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Memory Card

Additional Details


Film Production – Session A (June 24 – August 2, 2024)
Film Production – Session C (August 5 – September 13, 2024)

NOTE: All course meeting times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). The program schedule is subject to change.

On-Campus (Housing Optional)

Housing is available in the UCLA Residence Halls. To apply for summer accommodations, once accepted into the program, 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

Financial aid for Summer Sessions is available for qualified UC students. UCLA students can find more details about the UCLA financial aid application process by visiting the Financial Aid section of UC and visiting (non-UC) students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution.

Contact Summer Sessions

UCLA Summer Institutes
1332 Murphy Hall
Box 951418
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1418
Tel: (310) 825-4101
Fax: (310) 825-1528