Courses

Oxbridge student with camera during filmmaking course at UCLA

Courses

Students choose any two courses, one as a Major and one as a Workshop. Majors meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework and require some project and preparation time outside of class. Workshops meet three afternoons a week, with no homework and all work contained within the class session.

Filmmaking

With a body of alumni that includes Francis Ford Coppola, Ben Stiller, and Rob Reiner, UCLA has established itself as a core contributor to the dream factory that is Hollywood. Led by professional screenwriters and directors, and taking advantage of the resources of the location, students brainstorm, write, and produce their own short films (fiction, non-fiction, documentary, or experimental), which they shoot with digital cameras and edit with professional software. They screen their films at the end of the program. Lab fee of $300 US for the Major; $150 US for the Workshop.

The Movie Business

Through a combination of discussions, guest speakers, and visits to industry institutions, this course introduces students to the history of the film and television industry, its current state, and the challenges that burden it. Students are taught how movies and TV shows are made, from idea conception to delivery. Specifically, they gain knowledge of the 3-act structure for film and the 5-act structure for television. They leave the program with an overall understanding of the U.S. entertainment industry while also having the skills to compose, pitch, give, and receive constructive criticism from their peers on their unique story idea.

Screenwriting

This course introduces students to the principles of writing for the screen, focusing on the construction of strong characters, story development, and 3-act narrative structure. Through practical exercises, students develop an original idea for a feature script and learn to shape it into pitch and treatment format. Professionals address the class, offering insight into Hollywood and best practices for presenting work to agents, producers, and studios.

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