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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, Screenwriting as the program.
  • Upload the Statement of Purpose.
    • Submit a 1-2 page document.
  • Upload a Personal Statement.
  • Indicate an AREA OF INTEREST: Feature Film Track or Television Track
    • Submit materials only for your selected Track
      • Feature Film Track
        • TWO completed FEATURE-LENGTH SCREENPLAYS (80-130 page max)
      • Television Track
        • Submit ONE of the following options:
          • TWO ORIGINAL hour-long DRAMA PILOTS (each 50-65 page max).
          • TWO ORIGINAL half-hour COMEDY/DRAMEDY PILOTS (each 40 page max
          • ONE ORIGINAL hour-long DRAMA PILOT (50-65 page max) & ONE ORIGINAL half-hour COMEDY/DRAMEDY PILOT (40 page max).
    • DO NOT submit adaptations, spec episode scripts or co-written materials, these will NOT be reviewed.
    • DO NOT submit any other form of writing, including poems, novels, short fiction, essays; these will NOT be reviewed.
  • 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: Screenwriting
UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media
103 East Melnitz Hall, Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622