AMA: UCLA Professional Programs Writing For TV

SitcomFan

Member
Hey everyone! I’m currently almost finished with UCLA’s Professional Program for Writing For Television.

While it’s a non-degree granting program, it’s a great program for anyone who wants to keep learning but isn’t interested in an MFA.

I’m happy to answer any questions!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
Thanks for doing this! Awesome. :)

When you get a chance can you review the program on our page for it here:

UCLA - Professional Program in Writing for Television

UCLA - Professional Program in Writing for Television

Students in this program focus on workshopping their teleplays and the goal is for each student to complete one spec script of an existing television show and two original pilot scripts by the end of the course. Upon finishing the program, students receive a certificate of completion from the...
 

amon

New Member
Hi @SitcomFan, thank you for offering your perspective!

I'm looking into this program right now. I'm a little reluctant to apply for a program that costs this much without understanding the true value of the certificate.

Do you think you're coming out of this program with a solid trajectory toward immediately or very soon applying your knowledge professionally? Do you sense having this on your CV will carry some weight?

I know any creative endeavor comes with risk and a strong leap of faith, but I'm in my 30s and am interested in doing something that can obviously push me forward professionally. What are your thoughts, if you'd be so generous?

Thank you again!
 

SitcomFan

Member
Hi @SitcomFan, thank you for offering your perspective!

I'm looking into this program right now. I'm a little reluctant to apply for a program that costs this much without understanding the true value of the certificate.

Do you think you're coming out of this program with a solid trajectory toward immediately or very soon applying your knowledge professionally? Do you sense having this on your CV will carry some weight?

I know any creative endeavor comes with risk and a strong leap of faith, but I'm in my 30s and am interested in doing something that can obviously push me forward professionally. What are your thoughts, if you'd be so generous?

Thank you again!
Hi!

So like any education program there’s no job offer at the end but if you do the work and apply yourself your writing will improve tremendously.

One of the advantages of the program is that you can (and should) come out of it with 3 really solid scripts that you can use to apply to contests and fellowships that will help you get your foot in the door.

I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction especially if you don’t already have a network of writers who are willing and able to give you helpful and critical notes.
 

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