IN THIS SECTION APPLY in 2022 DIRECTING The Professional Program in Directing provides an overview of the art and craft of Directing in the current film and television industries. This graduate-level competitive admission program is taught in small seminar-style lectures by credentialed...
If you don't want to commit to a yearlong program, there's also UCLA Extension classes that offer a wide range of classes online.
Hey! You should check out what are the deadlines of the schools you want to apply to and make sure you hit those deadlines.
Also, each school requires different types of portfolio. Here in the US you can submit a photo series to some schools. For others they give you a theme and you have to shoot a 5 minute short film using the theme. So make sure you know the requirements for the schools you're applying and plan for that.
Regarding the portfolio, what kinds of films you want to make? Docs? Action? Drama? Make sure you pick something you love and have fun doing it. Also, I don't think renting a camera is necessary, shoot it with your phone. The schools want to see your creativity and potential.
Submitted my application the day of the deadline. I submitted a short film I did cinematography for, a film reel, and a 20-page screenplay. I also wrote a 2-page scene (an application requirement for the program).