About UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT), based in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., serves as a premier interdisciplinary professional school that nurtures and develops outstanding humanistic storytellers, industry leaders and scholars whose diverse, innovative voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.
Consistently ranked as one of the top elite entertainment and performing arts institutions in the world, the School offers an innovative curriculum that integrates the study and creation of live performance, film, television, animation and digital media under one roof. The School produces 250 student films that showcase at major festivals around the world and 12 theater productions each year.
With its 14 graduate degree programs, four professional programs and the UCLA Film & Television Archive — the second largest moving image archive in the United States — the School has the leading-edge resources to accommodate anyone interested in a career in entertainment and performing arts. UCLA TFT offers state-of-the-art tools, technology and equipment rivaling any professional studio, production house or Broadway stage.
UCLA TFT attracts world-renown faculty and the most diverse and talented cohort of graduate and undergraduate students of any institution in the world. No other institution has the breadth and depth that UCLA TFT has to provide exclusive and innovative opportunities to enrich our students’ creativity and position our graduates for successful careers. We understand the importance of growth and will continue to invest in new technologies and in intellectual areas that prepare our students as leaders of the future.
Located in one of the most influential and globally diverse cities in the world, UCLA is a truly international university that offers a world of opportunity. Consistently ranked among the world’s top-tier universities and powered by extensive resources, a renowned reputation and, most importantly, the mission and vision to make a real difference in the world. UCLA is the most applied-to university in the United States and was recently ranked as the No. 2 public university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The 419-acre campus is comprised of 12 professional schools, including the School of Theater, Film and Television, and has more than 4,300 faculty and academic staff.
Discovery, creativity and innovation are hallmarks of a UCLA education. As one of the world’s great research universities, UCLA is committed to ensuring excellence across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions and arts while also encouraging world-class interdisciplinary research across programmatic boundaries. In so doing, UCLA advances the highest levels of education and knowledge, addresses pressing societal needs, embraces the arts as a means of humanistic expression and creates a university enriched by diverse perspectives where all individuals, from every walk of life and background, can flourish.
Among UCLA’s students, faculty and alumni are some of the most recognized and decorated individuals in just about every field and arena. UCLA is the alma mater of Oscar, Primetime Emmy, Tony and Golden Globes award-winners including filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and Alexander Payne, composer John Williams and actor Tim Robbins, among many others. UCLA is proud to claim 13 Nobel Laureates, 12 MacArthur Fellows, 11 Rhodes Scholars, 10 National Medal of Science winners, three Pulitzer Prize winners, one Fields Medal and hundreds of Guggenheim, Sloan and Fulbright-Hays fellowship recipients, as well as other leading grants and awards.
The Scholarship for the M.F.A. Degree Program in Directing The Scholarship for the M.F.A. Degree Program in Directing supports graduate film directing students who give voice to the unique perspective of Arab women.Learn more
About The M.F.A. Degree Program in Directing The UCLA TFT M.F.A. Degree Program in Directing is a four-year graduate program designed to develop artists in film, television and digital media.Learn more
Writing Sample Tips for the Application Process A written "pitch" is a brief (1-2 pages) prose document that should read like a short story and be written in the present tense. It conveys the key elements of your screenplay to make it stand out.Learn more
Frequently Asked Questions Additional information regarding the admissions process, Letters of Recommendation, English proficiency tests and more.Learn more