UCLA Extension Reviews & Admissions Statistics

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Degrees Offered
  1. Certificate Program
  2. Summer Programs
  3. Short Term Courses
  1. Acting
  2. Cinematography
  3. Composing
  4. Directing
  5. Editing
  6. Film & Television Production
  7. Producing
  8. Screenwriting
  9. Writing and Producing for Television
Tuition Range
$5k to $10k

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As one of the oldest film institutions in America, UCLA Extension is an excellent option for California-based filmmakers looking for a blend of prestige and affordability. The university boasts a breadth of film certificate programs that can be pursued full-time for nine months to one year or spread out over the course of 3 years. Although the university has faced setbacks in the past few years, it remains an undisputed heavy hitter in the cohort of famous California film schools and continuing education programs. In 2022, FilmSchool.org named UCLA Extension one of the best film programs in the nation. And in 2023, the university was featured on FilmSchool.org’s list of the top undergraduate film programs in California.

Take a look at the unique benefits of each UCLA Extension program:

Business and Management of Entertainment (Online/In Person): Learn the legal and financial aspects of filmmaking, plus how films are funded, distributed, and marketed. –$6,705.00

Cinematography: Prepare for a career as a camera operator, director of photography, or a cinematographer. Understand cinematography essentials from rigging lighting to using camera composition and movement to strengthen your narrative. –$8,505.00

Directing: Transition into directing or grow your skillset as a director by developing one original short film. Learn how to navigate the pre-production, production, and post-production phases, collaborate with actors, and more. –$9,040.00

Feature Film Writing (Online/In Person): Learn the art of feature film writing with emerging screenwriters and writers in other creative mediums. Hone your ability to execute a scene and develop intriguing characters in classes taught by Writers Guild of America members and industry professionals. –$4,320.00

Entertainment Studies: Expand your knowledge and explore potential careers in the major arenas of the entertainment industry, including acting, cinematography, and directing. –$8,940.00

Film and TV Development: Improve your expertise in development or transition into a career as an entertainment acquisition executive. Learn how to write screenplay coverage and how to write better stories. –$8,940.00

Film Scoring: Prepare for a career scoring films, video games, or emerging media by growing your technical skills and learning how to maximize a project’s budget. Apply for the BMI/Jerry Goldsmith Film Scoring Scholarship to grow your network of film scoring professionals. – $14,556.00

Post-Production: Enhance your editing skills to improve your film projects or gain essential knowledge for editorial and post-production careers. Train on industry-standard software and equipment and network at post-production internships. –$6,705.00.

Producing (Online/In Person): Learn how to shift gears into a producing career and deepen your understanding of storytelling in the filmmaking process. Understand how financing, marketing, and distribution affect the production process. Apply for the Movie Magic Scholarship to receive one free Entertainment course of your choice. –$8,940.00

Television Writing (Online/in Person): Aspiring television writers work toward mastery of writing and editing spec scripts. Courses taught by industry professionals and members of the Writers Guild of America discuss writing for television dramas. –$4,320

Both writing certificate programs are a part of the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension. Graduates receive Advanced Standing in Antioch University Los Angeles’ MFA program in creative writing or Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MFA program in TV/screenwriting, playwriting, or emerging and new media, so they can enroll in either program with one semester completed.

The UCLA Extension program is also open to international students, who can apply for an F-1 visa. Members of UC alumni associations, UCLA recent graduates, UC faculty and staff, UCLA faculty and staff, and senior citizens can receive tuition discounts UCLA Extension also awards $400 enrollment fee waivers on a case-by-case basis.
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UCLA Extension - Directing Workshop 1
Reviewed by: Alumni
Degree: Other
In this class, you learn the basic language of directing (ex: shot types, shot sizes, camera lenses, camera movements, mise en scene, etc.). You learn the tools directors can use to convey story and emotions through the visual medium. You learn about story beats, axis, etc. You analyze films and scenes in class to discover how the director's choices convey emotionality, story, and character's thoughts and feelings.

You create 4-5 very short films (1-5 minutes long) using whatever camera you have (iphone is acceptable) to put into practice the theory you are learning in class.
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UCLA Extension - Feature Film 1
Reviewed by: Alumni
Degree: Other
Took an online 10-week course for Feature Film 1. In this class, you learn the basics of story structure, analyze scripts, and start working on a draft of your own screenplay. Very much like a writer's group with weekly assignments and reviewing each other's work.

Great instructor, she was very knowledgable and works in the industry, but obviously the class is filled with people of all skill levels so the feedback from peers wasn't always super useful. It was a lot of "this is really good! I enjoyed reading it!" but not a ton of actionable feedback. Though there were also more advanced writers in there too that did provide better feedback.
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