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UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute

The UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute offers students from around the globe an unparalleled opportunity to study filmmaking at one of the most prestigious film schools in the world – right in the heart of Hollywood.

The Summer Institute is an intensive program that is taught by UCLA faculty. Students can choose from the following specializations:

  • Creative Producing
    Track 1: Creative Producing College students study the role of the creative producer or executive while engaging in entertainment industry internships. Eight weeks. (June 21 – August 13, 2021)
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  • Film Production
    Track 2: Film Production College students and aspiring filmmakers (ages 18+) collaborate on short film projects as they learn the aesthetics, techniques and practice of filmmaking from beginning to end. Six weeks. Not Offered in Summer 2021, but will return Summer 2022.
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  • Traditional Animation
    Track 3: Traditional Animation Students and aspiring animators learn to write and draw their animated movies. No drawing experience required, just limitless imagination. This track is open to pre-college students. Six weeks. Session A (June 21 – July 30, 2021)
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  • Stop-Motion Animation Thumb
    Track 4: Stop-Motion Animation An intensive workshop in which students and aspiring animators (ages 14+) use a variety of tools and techniques to learn the fundamentals of stop-motion animation. This track is open to pre-college students. Two weeks. (August 2 – 13, 2021)
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  • TV Writing Thumb
    Track 5: TV Writing The TV Writing Summer Institute introduces students to writing for television in Hollywood. Six weeks. Session A (June 21 – July 30, 2021); Session C (August 2– September 10, 2021)
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  • Cinematography
    TRACK 6: PRE-COLLEGE Cinematography This one-week intensive teaches talented and highly motivated pre-college students a variety of cinematic lighting techniques through a series of lectures and hands-on exercises. One week. Not Offered in Summer 2021, but will return Summer 2022.
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  • Digital Filmmaking
    Track 7: Pre-College Digital Filmmaking Pre-college students are immersed in the creativity and technique of cinematic storytelling through lectures and a hands-on overview of the production process. Two weeks.
    Session A (June 18 – July 3, 2021); Session B (July 7 – 22, 2021); Session C (July 26 – August 10, 2021)
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  • TV Writing
    Track 8: Pre-College Writing for TV Pre-college students are introduced to television writing for Hollywood, while developing their big ideas for the small screen. Three weeks.
    Session A (June 18 – July 10, 2021); Session B (July 12 - 31, 2021);Session C (August 2 – 21, 2021)  
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  • TV Writing
    Summer Sessions Course Offerings Students can achieve their academic goals with a variety of course topics in film, television, and digital media to complement a student’s current studies and prepare them for their future careers. All prerequisites are waived for UCLA Film, Television, and Digital Media summer courses and courses are open to high school students.
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  • Nicholas Endowment
    The Nicholas Endowment TFT Summer Institute Scholarship This scholarship is a need and merit-based scholarship opportunity for underserved/underrepresented high school students enrolled in grades 9–12 who would benefit significantly from a Summer Institute experience.
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