UCLA - Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media (B.A.)

Degrees Offered
4 Year B.A.
Animation & Digital Arts, Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Film & Television Production, Producing, Screenwriting
Yearly Tuition
$30k to $40k
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November 30
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Television provides an education in the history and theory of these art forms and basic learning experiences in production within the context of a liberal arts education.

Note: The School of Theater, Film, and Television does NOT allow double majors.

The convergence of all the art forms of the moving-image enables students to move freely among the plurality of media. Our course offerings cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Scholarly work in the areas of history, criticism and theory provide a conceptual underpinning for our world-class professional training courses and an educational response to the opportunities that emerging technologies offer. Our scholarly explorations, in turn, are anchored and informed by the practice of the art.

The strong academic foundations of these programs are enhanced by access to exceptional resources, including UCLA Film & Television Archive, the largest university-based moving image collection in the world. The proximity of the world's entertainment center, in Los Angeles, gives students access to people accomplished in their fields, many of whom are supportive UCLA alumni. Working and highly placed professionals visit the campus regularly as instructors or come to work here as adjunct and visiting professors.

UCLA TFT's Department of Film, Television and Digital Media empowers the creative innovators of tomorrow by training them in all aspects of the arts and crafts of the moving image, from the aesthetic to the technological. At the same time, the Department explores the best work of past masters of film and television in Cinema and Media Studies courses, and encourages students to aspire to similar accomplishments. We affirm the importance of storytelling as the form in which human beings give weight and meaning to the most important passage of their lives.

While all media technologies are means to creative ends, not ends in themselves, we believe it is essential for our students to be actively engaged in the digital and telecommunications revolution that is transforming all areas of contemporary culture. Currently, the School can boast of more than a dozen innovative initiatives that range across every program including computer assisted theater design, special effects for film and television, digital library research and archival restoration, the design of interactive texts and instructional software, computer animation and video gaming, interactive television, and the development of web-based media arts.

In the first two years of the B.A. program, students primarily focus on completing general education and University required course work. In the third year, students are introduced to all major aspects of film, television and digital media study. In the fourth year, each student completes a senior concentration chosen from film production, television production (narrative or documentary), screenwriting, animation, digital media or cinema & media studies. Students must also complete at least one professional internship during their senior year.

A wide range of courses are offered in three distinct areas: cinema & media studies — the history, theory and aesthetics of both film and television; production — film, television (studio and field), digital, experimental and animation; and film and television screenwriting, directing, photography, sound recording and editing.
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