2024-2025 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Film and Television

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Film and Television


APPLYING

After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

M.F.A.: November 1, 2023
Animation only: February 1, 2024
M.A., Ph.D.: December 1, 2023

Admission Limited to

Fall

Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General

Optional for M.F.A., M.A. and Ph.D. applicants

Letters of Recommendation

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UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are required to submit the departmental application, statement of purpose and personal statement. No screening examination prior to admission is required.

Students are admitted in the Fall Quarter only. Admission is competitive, and only a limited number of students are accepted each year.

M.A.: Applicants must submit a sample of scholarly or critical writing of 3,000 - 5,000 words in length.

M.F.A.: No screening examination prior to admission is required. Applicants with diverse backgrounds and undergraduate majors in areas other than film and television are encouraged. Applicants must state clearly on the online departmental application the degree objective.

(M.F.A.) and the area of specialization desired within the program: animation, film/television production, screenwriting, or producers program. An interview may be required.

Applicants who wish to concentrate in film/television production must submit a description of a film or television project that may possibly be undertaken in graduate study. The description should be in proposal or treatment form, two to three pages in length, using a 12-point font. Applicants may not submit DVDs. This material is nonreturnable.

Applicants who wish to concentrate in screenwriting must submit one of the following options in Script: Two completed feature-length screenplays (80-130 page max.); Two original hour-long drama pilots (each 50-65 page max.); Two original hour-long comedy/dramedy pilots (each 40 page max.); One original hour-long drama pilot (50-65 page max.) AND one original half-hour comedy/dramedy pilot (40 page max.). DO NOT submit adaptations, spec episode scripts or cowritten 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.

Applicants who wish to concentrate in animation must submit a description of an animation project that may possibly be undertaken in graduate study, preferably in storyboard form. Other creative work may be submitted.

Applicants who wish to concentrate in the producers program must submit a complete resume. Producers program questionnaire and a portfolio consisting of two treatments (one to three pages each) for feature, television, or new media projects that the applicant expects to produce. Each treatment should include a logline and convey the genre, tone, size and scope of the project. Applicants may also include written publicity materials related to a produced film, television or theater project

Ph.D.: Applicants are expected to have completed an M.A. or M.F.A. degree equivalent to that offered by the UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media. In exceptional cases, students with an M.A. outside the field are considered for direct admission to the program. Applicants must submit a dossier that includes: a letter describing the reasons the applicant wishes to earn the Ph.D and the master's thesis or writing samples of 5,000-7,000 words in length that demonstrate a high level of ability to write criticism or historical narrative.

Program Name

Film and Television
(Film, Television and Digital Media)

Leading to the
degree of

M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.

Major Code

0473

Address

103E East Melnitz
Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622

Phone

(310) 206-8441

Email

filmgrad@tft.ucla.edu

Website

www.tft.ucla.edu/admissions/film-television-and-digital-media/