We are seeking bold, adventurous MFA students eager to collaborate in an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum for the theater of the future.

The UCLA Department of Theater's Directing Program welcomes adventurous students who look forward to intensive collaboration with their peers in acting and playwriting in their first year of graduate study.

In their first quarter, students in the Directing, Acting and Playwriting programs will collectively study directing, acting, voice, movement and playwriting to create collaborative projects including a series of original performance pieces and a One Act festival.

In subsequent quarters, students will be frequently reassembled in collaborative teams to create group projects. The first year includes the study of directing, acting voice, movement and playwriting; and working with acting and design students on the creation of original theater pieces in preparation for advanced collaborative work in the second year. The second year includes collaborating with graduate playwriting students, directing a staged reading of an original full-length play in the New Works Project, and directing a full-length play by a major playwright in an experimental configuration of the black box theater. In the third year, students direct a thesis production chosen with the approval of their faculty advisor and directing committee, which may also be done in television or other digital media. Directing students also complete professional internships at such theaters as the Geffen Playhouse and the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

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Required Courses
  • 205ABC: Background of Theatrical Art
  • 265: Modern Theories of Production
  • 232: Manuscript Evaluation
  • 247: Collaboration Project in Design and Production
  • 266: Theatrical Conceptualization
  • 429: Performance Workshop
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • 260: Directing I
  • 261: Directing II
  • 433B: Script Development Workshop
  • 264: Directing Classic and Historical Drama
  • 405: Television Production Workshop
  • 460AF-460AW-460AS: Contemporary Issues in Direction
  • 263: Production Project in Direction for the Stage
  • C433C: Script Development Workshop
  • 596C: Directed Individual Studies: Directing (Thesis Preparation)
  • 463: Project in Direction for the Stage (Thesis Production)

Background courses for Thesis Project

  • 498: Professional Internship in Theater, Film and Television

Degree Requirements

Students will be required to enroll in a minimum of twelve units per quarter. Required courses will be scheduled to permit completion of the program within a three year period. In addition to the successful completion of a minimum of 106 units or 26.5 courses, candidates for the degree must pass a comprehensive examination, including critical evaluation of the production projects which culminate in a manner to show professional competence in the field.

Under special circumstances, by petition, the 106 units or 26.5 course requirement may be fulfilled with approved alternate courses. However, a minimum of 94 units or 23.5 courses must be at the graduate level, a maximum of 10 undergraduate units, and a maximum of 12 units of 596 courses may be applied toward the degree.

Students admitted to the program are expected to have mastered skills and have a general knowledge of the materials and processes relevant to their field of study. Students may be required to complete additional courses upon recommendation of the advisor.

The Master of Fine Arts degree is awarded on the basis of successful completion of the required courses and critical evaluation of student work. The Department expects consistent progress as well as attainment of professional skills. These and other factors will also influence the Department's allocation of production resources including the number, scale, and scheduling of projects and productions.

All Theater, Film and Television degree programs are full-time, daytime programs. The Theater graduate programs have daytime classes and evening production activities. The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television only accepts applicants for admittance for the Fall. The admissions information below is for Fall 2022.

The UCLA Department of Theater will be participating in the U/RTA Interviews for students applying to the Directing program for Fall 2022.

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

Online and Mailed Application Deadline: December 1, 2021.

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.


Please complete all of the following steps:

Step 1: Online

  • Complete the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.
    • MUST be paid and completed online by December 1, 2021.
    • Indicate MFA, Theater, Directing as the program.
  • Upload the Statement of Purpose.
    • Submit a 1-2 page document.
  • Upload a Personal Statement.
  • Upload the Resume/CV.
  • Upload a Directorial Approach Essay.
    • Additional supporting material may also be submitted.
  • 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.

Step 2: Mail

  • 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, 2021 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 Theater Admissions: Directing
UCLA Department of Theater
103 East Melnitz Hall, Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622

Online and Mailed Application Deadline: December 1, 2021.


For more information on requirements and applying to UCLA as an International Student, visit

English Proficiency: Any international applicant whose first language is not English must certify proficiency in English when applying to UCLA, and, if admitted, upon arrival. Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application. The UCLA Code is 4837 and the Department Code is 2409. Only test scores taken by December 31, 2021 will be accepted. For more information about this requirement, visit International applicants who have received a Bachelor’s degree from an American institution are not required to take the TOEFL.

Academic Records: Although the UCLA Graduate Division Application enables applicants to upload an unofficial copy of their academic records, all applicants are required to submit official records from each academic institution attended. For more information about this requirement, visit

Undergraduate Degree Requirement: Applicants must complete equivalent to a 4 year US Bachelor’s Degree. International students who hold three-year ordinary pass degrees, or who hold professional diplomas in accounting, business, librarianship, social work, physical education, health education and so on, or four-year degrees, diplomas or higher certificates from technical, vocational or post-secondary specialized schools are NOT eligible for graduate admission. For Academic Requirements by Country or Educational System, visit:

Proof of Funding for Visa: U.S. immigration law requires that international applicants, if admitted, show documented evidence that sufficient funds to cover all tuition, fees, transportation, and living expenses are available for the first year of their studies at UCLA. This must be proven before a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS2019) for a visa can be issued. For more information about this requirement, visit .

FAFSA: For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents interested in receiving financial aid in the 2022-2023 year, note that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline for UCLA is March 2, 2022. Applicants must complete the FAFSA by this date if they want to be eligible for all awards, work-study, and scholarships that UCLA offers. If applying after March 2, please check with the Financial Aid Office for available funding opportunities.

DREAM Act: For non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents who are approved to pay in-state tuition because they graduated from a high school in California; they will need to complete the California DREAM application by the March 2, 2022 deadline. The DREAM application can be accessed at If applying after March 2, please check with the Financial available funding opportunities.

Please visit the FAQ page for additional information, call 310-206-8441, or email

** Please do not contact the department to check on your application, as we cannot update you on your application status or materials.


For Prospective Students:

For Current Students:

Graduate Theater Counselor:
Barrett Korerat

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