UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) Reviews & Admissions Statistics

5.00 star(s) 5 Stars (3 Reviews)
School Website
https://www.tft.ucla.edu/
Degrees Offered
  1. 4 Year BA
  2. 2 Year MFA
  3. Ph.D. Program
Concentrations
  1. Animation & Digital Arts
  2. Cinematography
  3. Digital Technologies and Emerging Media
  4. Directing
  5. Documentary Filmmaking
  6. Film & Television Production
  7. Film Studies
  8. Producing
  9. Screenwriting
Tuition Range
$10k to $20k
Undergraduate Deadlines
November 30, 2023
Graduate Deadlines
November 1, 2023

Film School details

Nonprofit/For-Profit?
Nonprofit
Undergrad Student Body
347
Graduate Student Body
316
Undergraduate Class Size
75
Graduate Class Size
96
Copyrights
  1. Student owns all copyrights
Start of Production Classes
  1. Junior
Camera Equipment
  1. Unknown
Software Used
  1. Unknown
Filmmaking Facilities
  1. Unknown
  2. Sound Stage(s)
  3. Green Screen
  4. Editing Bays
  5. Screening Rooms
  6. Theatre
Internships
  1. Unknown
Job Placement
  1. School Organizes Film Festival
  2. Unknown
Application Fee
$80
GRE Required?
  1. No
SAT or ACT Required?
  1. No
Portfolio Required?
  1. Yes
  2. No (Undergrad Only)
Minimum GPA
  1. 3.0
Letters of Rec Required
  1. 2 (Undergrad)
  2. 3 (Graduate)


UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television teaches film from a theoretical and technical perspective. In 2021, TheWrap ranked UCLA TFT no. 8 in its annual list of the top 50 film schools. And in 2022, U.S. News & World Report named UCLA the no. 1 public university for the sixth consecutive year. This historic film program is right outside of West Hollywood and boasts more than 11,000 alumni, including industry greats such as renowned filmmaker and Executive Board member Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now) and Writer Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull).

The campus is located in Westwood, named as of the best places to live in California by Niche.com. Westwood Village is only a four-minute walk and offers lively options for dining, shopping, and entertainment, including red carpet premieres at the Regency Theaters on Broxton Avenue.

UCLA TFT offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media. Freshmen and sophomores take 1-2 courses per quarter to prepare for the major and meet UCLA’s general education requirements; the undergraduate program emphasizes film theory and cinematic history before shifting to hands-on coursework.

UCLA TFT’s graduate film programs are two years long (though students may request one additional quarter of study). In many cases, the total annual in-state fees equate to the cost of only 18 credits at more expensive private film schools. For example, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts graduate students pay $39,900 to attend full-time (14-18 credits).

Here is our guide to applying to UCLA:

UCLA Film School: How to Apply for 2024, Acceptance Rate, and What To Expect as a UCLA TFT Student

UCLA Film School: How to Apply for 2024, Acceptance Rate, and What To Expect as a UCLA TFT Student

As the only film school nationwide where theater, film, television, and digital media studies are concentrated within a single professional school, University of California Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television combines rigorous academic coursework with hands-on training in...

As well as an interview with a student in their Producer's Program:

UCLA TFT Producers Program, Demystified: Spotlight on Keenan Kunst, Graduate Student

UCLA TFT Producers Program, Demystified: Spotlight on Keenan Kunst, Graduate Student

Keenan Kunst (FilmSchool.org user @KeenanDK) sits behind a cluster of canyons and valleys. His Zoom background reflects his longtime passion for Spaghetti films, old West gunslingers that have more plot points than bullets. Watching 20th century classics and constantly reading scripts has...

Undergraduate Application Requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Personal Essay
  • Life Challenge Essay
  • Critical Essay or Creative Writing sample
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

Graduate Application Requirements

  • $135 application fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal Statment
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Details


Notable Alumni

  • Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker’s Dracula)
  • David Koepp - writer-director (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Secret Window)
  • Mariska Hargitay - actress-producer (Law and Order: SVU)
  • Pietro Scalia - editor (American Gangster, Black Hawk Down, JFK)

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Latest Film School Reviews

UCLA Screenwriting
Reviewed by: Current Student
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Screenwriting
Pros
  • Good teachers
  • Good cost
Cons
  • UCLA bureaucracy
I wanted to correct the record a bit:

I'm a first year in the Screenwriting program and, so far, I'm very happy with the decision I made. The school attracts a lot of thoughtful, friendly and conscientious students and its rigor seems to be underrated.

As opposed to its private peers, UCLA is incredibly democratic. Every student gets a fair shot and there doesn't seem to be a lot of chatter about who is the son/daughter of someone wealthy or famous. I understand that this can come at the expense of certain networking perks but it makes for a peaceable and meritocratic environment.

Everyone in the program is pretty impressed with our professors. Each brings a different outlook and vibe to the table. Their standards are high and, sometimes, they do instill fear in students. But most agree that this is effective: no one feels comfortable slacking and a solid learning curve is going to come with some stress and fear. The commitment and presence these teachers bring, given that they all have careers outside of UCLA, is really surprising and they do care about making you into a better writer.

In this program, you write more than the others. As you probably know, there's no better way to improve your writing than... writing... a lot.

After the curriculum overhaul, the school seems to be a lot better about having students interact with students outside their program. This has been a really fun part about the program.

Overall: high praise. I'd make the same decision again.
Affordability
5.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
5.00 star(s)
Campus
5.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
4.00 star(s)
Coursework
5.00 star(s)
Facilities & Equipment
3.00 star(s)
Professors
5.00 star(s)
Scholarships
5.00 star(s)
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The Right Move For Me
Reviewed by: Current Student
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Screenwriting
Pros
  • Networking
  • Writers Room experience
  • Creating Portfolio with Samples
  • Transition to LA
  • Internship Possibilities
  • TA Positions/Funding
  • Two-Year Program
Cons
  • Expensive
I have loved this program so far! For me, it was the right move. Coming from out-of-state, I learned a lot about LA and housing, but it could have been worse. With the loans from FA, I was able to move relatively stress-free.

I have met like-minded individuals who are hungry to make a career for themselves in this industry. The professors are incredibly helpful, intelligent, and know what they're talking about. They care about students and their success.

The one thing I wish the program did a better job of was connecting us to industry professionals with the intention of getting our work out there. I feel like they should want their alumni to do well in the industry, so a little bit of a push would be great. But at the same time, they offer real advice about breaking in. It's tough but they are supportive.
Affordability
3.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
5.00 star(s)
Campus
5.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
3.00 star(s)
Coursework
4.00 star(s)
Facilities & Equipment
3.00 star(s)
Professors
5.00 star(s)
Scholarships
4.00 star(s)
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UCLA's program is top notch with wonderful filmmakers and well designed.
Reviewed by: Current Student
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Production/Directing
Pros
  • Los Angeles
  • Great Campus
  • You own the films you make
  • The curriculum is well designed and keeps you advancing
  • The cohort is small and becomes a close family
  • Only 24 people are accepted a year, so it is very selective
  • Since it is small, teacher focus on you and become invested in your success
  • It is more affordable than a private school
Cons
  • The facilities are not as fancy as some other updated schools
I am going to write this review from the rationale of why I chose UCLA, and compare it to the other big film schools that exist in the top four.
UCLA is the best film school out there, but that obviously depends on your goals. They only accept 24 people a year, and even less than that for Narrative Directing. USC MFA selects significantly more twice a year and you are not even guaranteed that you will make one film; at UCLA you are guaranteed to direct 4 films, and unlike AFI and USC you own all the rights to every one of those films and can do with them whatever you please. With UCLA you are also offered a very esteemed network from the number one public university in the country, although AFI is a great network it only provides you the network in the entertainment industry. UCLA TFT also has theater attached to it so it has access to excellent actors, prop and set designers, as well as composers from the music school, and access to a world renown screenwriting program.
The only problem that I have with UCLA is the facilities. We actually have great useful facilities with 6 soundstages, but if you want the most beautiful film school you have ever seen and looks like a palace - go to USC. UCLA is a public school; it has what you need but it is not beautiful. BUT, UCLA is located on a beautiful campus right outside of the gates to Bel Air, and USC is in a not so great neighborhood (take your pick.) AFI is in Hollywood, and if you have ever been there, you either hate Hollywood... or hate Hollywood. 🤷‍♂️

UCLA's program is top notch with wonderful filmmakers and well designed. The curriculum focuses on all aspects of production (Screenwriting, editing, directing, cinematography, producing, etc) which you should know as a good director, but directing is your primary focus. At AFI you only really focus on Directing, or Producing, Screenwriting etc. At USC it is just a degree in production and never really focus on one aspect unless you choose to.

Finally, NYU; Do you want to be in New York or Los Angeles?

I hope this helps. I love every day that I am at UCLA and all the focus that I receive from top notch instructors in order to become a successful filmmaker. I do not feel like I am lost in the machine of a school just trying to pump out students with a graduate degree that will serve me no purpose later on.
Affordability
4.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
4.00 star(s)
Campus
5.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
4.00 star(s)
Coursework
5.00 star(s)
Facilities & Equipment
3.00 star(s)
Professors
4.00 star(s)
Scholarships
5.00 star(s)
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Hi! Thanks for your sharing! I’m wondering since it’s a 3-4year program, what may cause the student spend 4 years finishing the program? Does it happen frequently? Or most of the students finish in 3 years?

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