UCLA TFT - Production/Directing (M.F.A.)

Degrees Offered
3 Year M.F.A., 4 Year M.F.A.
Directing, Film & Television Production, Producing
Tuition Range
$20k to $30k

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Application Deadline
November 1, 2019
The UCLA Master of Fine Arts degree in production with an emphasis in directing is a three- to four-year program designed to develop artists in film, television and digital media. For more than half a century we have trained students in all the arts and crafts of media production while expanding their understanding of the critical, theoretical and historical components of these art forms. Our goal is to infuse the highest standards of craftsmanship with imaginative freedom and a sense of social responsibility. Alumni include Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants), Alex Gibney (Going Clear, Taxi to the Dark Side), Alison Anders (Mi Vida Loca, Gas, Food, Lodging), Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), Charles Burnett (To Sleep With Anger, Killer of Sheep), Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast and Furious 6, Star Trek Beyond), Caveh Zahedi (The Sheik and I, I Am a Sex Addict) and cinematographer Dagmar Weaver-Madsen (10,000 km, Unexpected).

The first year of the program is an intensive workshop in the collaborative process of production that culminates in each student completing two short films. The curriculum includes screenwriting, directing narrative and documentary, cinematography, editing, post production and production planning.

The second year of the program provides for further development of the student-mentor relationship as the student writes, directs and completes an advanced project in narrative, documentary, digital media or experimental film, while taking critical studies and advanced craft courses.

The third year, students begin work on their thesis production, which must be completed no later than the end of the fourth year. It is possible to complete the thesis at the end of the third year, based on the scope of the project. Thesis productions can be in documentary or narrative form.
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GRE Required?
Minimum GPA
Letters of Reference Req.
Internship Opportunities
Portfolio Required?
Portfolio Requirements
1) Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages) and
2) Short Film Treatment (1-3 pages)

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