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Here's the official thread for UCLA Screenwriting.

Online and Mailed Application Deadline: November 1, 2021​


UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT)

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT)

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...

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Application info:


APPLICATION WORKSHEET AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY

Please complete all of the following steps:

Step 1: Online

  • Complete the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.
    • MUST be paid and completed online by November 1, 2021.
    • Indicate MFA, Film and Television, Screenwriting as the program.
  • Upload the Statement of Purpose.
    • Submit a 1-2 page document.
  • Upload a CREATIVE PORTFOLIO
    • Submit ONE of the following options in Script:
      • A competed FEATURE-LENGTH SCREENPLAY (90-130 page max).
      • An ORIGINAL hour-long DRAMA PILOT (50-65 page max)
      • An ORIGINAL half-hour COMEDY/DRAMEDY scripts (each 40 page max).
      • DO NOT submit adaptations, spec episode scripts or co-written materials, these will NOT be reviewed.
  • Upload Unofficial copies of all Transcripts.
  • Submit Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Enter the Names and Emails of all recommenders into the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.
Step 2: Mail

  • Mail an Official copy of all Transcripts from each Undergraduate and Graduate institutions attended.
    • Note: Community College transcripts are not necessary.
  • Request that all Test Scores be sent directly to UCLA.
    • Only test scores taken by December 31, 2021 will be accepted.
    • The GRE UCLA Code is 4837 and the Department Code is 2409.
    • Note: The GRE is not Required for MFA Applicants
 
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Statement of Purpose is 1-2 pages single spaced?

The attached pdf (from their site) has this:

All written Supplemental Materials must be uploaded in PDF Format, 12 point font, double-spaced, use 8 ½ by 11 page size, and not exceed the indicated page maximum. If you do not follow these guidelines, your application will not be considered. Also include your name, title of the piece, and page number on each page.​


 

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The attached pdf (from their site) has this:

All written Supplemental Materials must be uploaded in PDF Format, 12 point font, double-spaced, use 8 ½ by 11 page size, and not exceed the indicated page maximum. If you do not follow these guidelines, your application will not be considered. Also include your name, title of the piece, and page number on each page.​


Thank you!!!!!!!
 
Thank you!!!!!!!
The pdf is hidden... it's that all CAPS underlined that says "APPLICATION WORKSHEET AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY"

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Statement of Purpose is 1-2 pages single spaced?
Have you opened the application yet?

I got super confused because on the pdf file they say 1-2 pages and "All written Supplemental Materials must be uploaded in PDF Format, 12 point font, doublespaced, use 8 ½ by 11 page size..." but in the actual application, they give you a blank space where you are supposed to write 500 words, not an "upload file" function.

After the Statement of Purpose, the next session is "Personal Statement" and this is the one you can upload a file. Kinda confusing.
 
Have you opened the application yet?

I got super confused because on the pdf file they say 1-2 pages and "All written Supplemental Materials must be uploaded in PDF Format, 12 point font, doublespaced, use 8 ½ by 11 page size..." but in the actual application, they give you a blank space where you are supposed to write 500 words, not an "upload file" function.

After the Statement of Purpose, the next session is "Personal Statement" and this is the one you can upload a file. Kinda confusing.
I guess that requirement is just for the materials that you upload??
 
Have you opened the application yet?

I got super confused because on the pdf file they say 1-2 pages and "All written Supplemental Materials must be uploaded in PDF Format, 12 point font, doublespaced, use 8 ½ by 11 page size..." but in the actual application, they give you a blank space where you are supposed to write 500 words, not an "upload file" function.

After the Statement of Purpose, the next session is "Personal Statement" and this is the one you can upload a file. Kinda confusing.
Hi I am applying for Production/Directing but I had the same question so I emailed TFT admission. They said SOP is required by TFT and we should follow the requirement on the application worksheet. PS is required by UCLA graduate and should followed the online application requirement. As where to upload the file I emailed them and still waiting for a reply.
 
Hi I am applying for Production/Directing but I had the same question so I emailed TFT admission. They said SOP is required by TFT and we should follow the requirement on the application worksheet. PS is required by UCLA graduate and should followed the online application requirement. As where to upload the file I emailed them and still waiting for a reply.
Oooh, good to know!
Thank you so much and please, let us know when they answer it! =D
 
It's not quite accurate that they said that 500 words is approximately 2 pages double spaces, because if you literally cannot type more than 500 words in the text box. So you have to strictly follow the 500 words requirement, not the 2-page one.
You raised a solid point so I emailed them again. I hope they can reply at least a week before the deadline. If not then I am FK :'(
 
Hello! I'm currently working on my feature film script and I'm not sure if it will hit 90 pages. Do you think we might be penalized for this?
Most likely yes. They get a lot of applicants. Don't let them deny you on a technicality.

Could it be a pilot?
 
It's not quite accurate that they said that 500 words is approximately 2 pages double spaces, because if you literally cannot type more than 500 words in the text box. So you have to strictly follow the 500 words requirement, not the 2-page one.
Hey they emailed back:

Thank you for your interest in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Yes, you can upload the document in the supporting documents portion of the app. You can also indicate in the text box that you will be uploading it there.


So I guess if your SOP is longer than 500 words we can submit it as a supporting document
 
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