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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.

Information Sessions
Want to learn more about the UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute tracks offered this summer? Check back soon for upcoming dates for our virtual information sessions.

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 ProducingCollege students study the role of the creative producer or executive while engaging in entertainment industry internships. Six weeks. On campus and online sections available. Session A - in-person (June 26 – August 4, 2023); Session C - online (August 7 - September 15, 2023)
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  • Film Production
    Track 2: Film ProductionCollege students and aspiring filmmakers (ages 19+) collaborate on short film projects as they learn the aesthetics, techniques and practice of filmmaking from beginning to end. Six weeks. Session A (June 26 – August 4, 2023); Session C (August 7 - September 15, 2023)
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  • TV Writing Thumb
    Track 3: TV WritingThe TV Writing Summer Institute introduces students to writing for television in Hollywood. Six weeks. On campus and online sections available. Session A (June 26 –August 4, 2023); Session C (August7 - September 15, 2023)
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  • Traditional Animation
    Track 4: Traditional AnimationStudents and aspiring animators learn to write and draw their animated movies. No drawing experience required, just limitless imagination. This online track is open to pre-college students. Six weeks. Session A (June 26 – August 4, 2023)
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  • Digital Filmmaking
    Track 5: Pre-College Digital FilmmakingPre-college students are immersed in the creativity and technique of cinematic storytelling through lectures and a hands-on overview of the production process. Three weeks.
    Session A (June 25 – July 15, 2023)
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  • TV Writing
    Track 6: Pre-College Writing for TVPre-college students are introduced to television writing for Hollywood, while developing their big ideas for the small screen. Three weeks. On campus and online sections available.
    Session A (June 25 - July 15, 2023); Session B (July 16 - August 5, 2023)
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  • Cinematography
    TRACK 7: PRE-COLLEGE CinematographyThis 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.
    Session A (June 25-July 1, 2023); Session B (July 30-August 5, 2023); Session C (August 6-August 12, 2023)
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  • Media Parks
    TRACK 8: MEDIA PARKS: CINEMATIC & TELEVISUAL HISTORY OF THEME PARKSIn this intensive program, students will explore theme park history, and the evolution of the relationship between moving image media (film, television, and video games) and theme parks. Three Weeks. Session A (June 25 - July 15, 2023)
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  • TV Writing
    Summer Sessions Course OfferingsStudents 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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