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Cinematography (MFA)

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All MFA programs in Film, Television and Digital Media are full-time programs. The department admits new students only once each year for the Fall Quarter and the next application period is for Fall 2024. We will be publishing the Fall 2024 supplemental requirements by September 15, 2023.

We do not accept films, DVDs or CDs.

Applicants must submit all required application materials to be considered for admission.

How to Apply




By the time of entrance, MFA applicants must:

  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Satisfy the University of California’s Graduate Admission Requirements.
  • Complete equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Deadline: November 1, 2023

UCLA Graduate Application

Complete the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.

  • Indicate MFA, Film and Television, Production/Cinematography as the program.
  • Upload the Statement of Purpose.
    • Submit a 1-2 page document.
  • Upload a Personal Statement.
  • Upload an Essay on Cinematography as Storytelling.
    • Submit a 2-4 page document.
  • Upload Unofficial copies of all Transcripts.
  • Submit Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Enter the Names and Emails of all recommenders into the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.

Deadline: November 1, 2023


Mail an Official copy of all Transcripts from each Undergraduate and Graduate institutions attended.

  • Note: Community College transcripts are not necessary.

Request that all Test Scores be sent directly to UCLA.

  • Only test scores taken by December 31, 2023 will be accepted.
  • The GRE UCLA Code is 4837 and the Department Code is 2409.
    • Note: The GRE is not required for MFA applicants.


Mailing Address

Please send all applicable materials to:

Graduate Film Admissions: Cinematography
UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media
103 East Melnitz Hall, Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622