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UCLA TFT - Screenwriting (M.F.A.)

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Degrees Offered
  1. 2 Year M.F.A.
  1. Screenwriting
Yearly Tuition
$20k to $30k
Application Deadlines
UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television MFA in Screenwriting program is another highly competitive program in Los Angeles. The program encourages students to concentrate on writing a well-structured story driven by vivid, compelling characters. The elements of a script are explored through an intensive workshop process which students report as being a highlight of the program. All students take the same foundational courses during the first quarter. After first quarter, the curriculum is highly customizable. Students are able to choose to focus on feature or television writing with the opportunity to take courses in both if they desire. Students report taking anywhere from the minimum 12 credit hours each quarter to upwards of 30+, depending on course offerings, schedules, and availability.

UCLA’s MFA in Screenwriting application is typically one of the first applications due each application cycle. In addition to submitting UCLA’s graduate division application, applicants must submit a statement of purpose, creative portfolio, either a feature-length screenplay, the first 60 pages of a feature-length screenplay in progress, one drama pilot and corresponding series bible, or two half-hour comedy/dramedy scripts, transcripts, an optional creative sample, and three letters of recommendation. UCLA’s admission process also includes a round of interviews.

Learn more about UCLA’s screenwriting MFA requirements here.
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Minimum GPA (according to school)
GRE Required?
Portfolio Required?
Letters of Reference Req.
Internship Opportunities
Y (possible for Juniors and Seniors)
Application Requirements
1) Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages) and
2) Samples of Creative Writing (200 pages)

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  • Transition to LA
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  • TA Positions/Funding
  • Two-Year Program
  • 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.
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January 28
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