UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
|UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television|
|Founder||Regents of the University of California|
|Enrollment||315 graduate, 328 undergraduate|
The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT), is one of the 11 schools within the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It is located in Los Angeles, California. Its creation was groundbreaking in that it was the first time a leading university had combined all three (theatre, film, and television) of these aspects into a single administration. The graduate programs are usually ranking within the top 3 nationally, according to the U.S. News & World Report. The film school is considered one of the best in the world and admission is extremely competitive. Among the school's resources are the Geffen Playhouse, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the largest university-based archive of its kind in the world. The Archive constitutes one of the largest collections of media materials in the United States - second only to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Its vaults hold more than 220,000 motion picture and television titles and 27 million feet of newsreel footage.
The School's total enrollment, in 2003, consisted of 310 students out of 3,688 applicants (8.4%).
With 140 faculty members teaching 410 undergrads, and 390 grad students, the student to teacher ratio is about 6:1.
- 1 Department of Theater
- 2 Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media
- 3 Facilities
- 4 Jack Benny Award for Comedy
- 5 Distinguished Alumni
- 6 UCLA Festival
- 7 Faculty
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Department of Theater
The different areas of theatre studies at UCLA's Department of Theater consist of:
- Critical Studies
- Musical Theater
- Production Management / Technology
The undergraduate program requires an interview/audition process for all applicants. The program teaches the general studies of theater broadly, before allowing the student to study their specified area of study.
Offering a Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree, the graduate program requires an audition for all acting applicants, and a possible interview for the other applicants. Each applicant must apply for a specific area of study.
Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media
- Critical studies - the history, theory, and aesthetics of film and television
- Film and television production (study and field), digital, experimental, and animation
- Film and television craft-writing, film directing, television directing, photography, sound recording, and editing
A Bachelor of Arts in film and television degree can be sought after a student has completed two years of general college studies. This upper division program is another two years that involves the learning of the history and theory aspect of film and television, along with the basic learning of production.
The first year of the program is a general introduction to all areas of the study. The second year, each student must concentrate on one of the following aspects:
- Film production (Directing)
- Digital Media
- Critical Studies
Students must all complete one internship during their senior year.
Offering a Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree, the graduate program offers two main areas of study. A Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy degree are available for critical studies. The Master of Fine Arts degree can be obtained with the choice of five specializations:
- Production/Directing (4 year program)
- Production/Cinematography (4 year program)
- Screenwriting (2 year program)
- Animation (3 year program)
- Producers Program (2 year program)
Producers Program focuses on the production and business side of Film, Television, and Digital Media.
The School also offers non-degree programs modeled after the world-renowned MFA curriculum. The UCLA Professional Programs  in Screenwriting and Producing are the only non-degree screenwriting and producing programs that have oversight by the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, and the only viable alternatives to the UCLA MFA Screenwriting and Producing Programs.
In the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting (offered both on campus and online) , students focus on the theory and craft of professional screenwriting, without having to take the critical studies seminars and related electives that are required to obtain a degree. The goal of this graduate-level program, which takes place over one academic year, is for the student to start and complete two original feature length screenplays.
The UCLA Professional Program in Producing  is a 10-week summer program that provides an intensive overview of the contemporary film and television industries, and introduces students to the tools needed to navigate the studio and independent marketplace. The program consists of a series of lectures, discussions, and appearances by entertainment industry guests.
The School of Theatre, Film and Television consists of a linked network of professional theatres, sound stages, and television studios. From theatrical spaces outfitted with state-of-the-art intelligent lighting systems to animation studios equipped with the latest 3D computer graphics software, the School provides comprehensive and up to date facilities for instruction and production.
The Billy Wilder Theatre at the Hammer Museum
The Billy Wilder Theater is situated on the Courtyard level of the Hammer Museum. Equipped with the highest standards of film and video projection and sound, the theater, which cost $7.5 million to complete, is one of the few in the country where audiences may watch the entire spectrum of moving images in their original formats: from the earliest silent films requiring variable speed projection to the most current digital cinema and video. Though built first of all as an ideal screening room for the moving image, the Billy Wilder Theater also provides an intimate and technically advanced showcase for events including artists’ lectures, literary readings, musical concerts, and public conversations.
Made possible by a $5 million gift from Audrey L. Wilder and designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, the state-of-the-art, 295-seat Billy Wilder Theatre is the new home of the Archive’s renowned cinematheque and of the Hammer’s engaging and provocative public programs. Located at the Hammer Museum in Westwood Village, the Billy Wilder Theater offers one of the most advanced, comfortable, and intimate cultural venues on the West Coast, where the Museum and the Archive are now beginning to present their exciting programs.
"Cultural Roundtable" at THE NEW LATC
In 2006, the UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television joined a multicultural consortium of theatre organizations known as the "Cultural Roundtable," brought together to produce theatre works for a diverse audience that is the City of Los Angeles. Led by the Latino Theatre Company, the "Cultural Roundtable" also includes Robey Theatre Company, Playwrights Arena, Cedar Grove OnStage, Culture Clash, American Indian Dance Theatre and UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television.
Jack Benny Award for Comedy
Upon his death, Jack Benny's family donated his papers to UCLA and the Jack Benny Award for Comedy was established to honor the comedian's legacy. Individuals who have contributed significantly to the field of comedy, in film, television or in stand-up, have been recognized since 1977.
- Judd Apatow (2010)
- Johnny Carson (1977)
- Steve Martin (1978)
- Bill Murray
- Mike Myers (2003)
- Conan O'Brien
- Adam Sandler
- Kevin Smith (2006)
- Betty White (November 1, 2011)
- Allison Anders, MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" awardee
- M.K. Asante, Jr.
- Carroll Ballard
- Beth Behrs
- Daniel Bernardi
- Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award winner
- Jack Black
- Shane Black
- Nzinga Blake
- Lloyd Bridges
- Carol Burnett
- Charles Burnett, MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" awardee
- Nicolas Cage, Academy Award winner
- Migdia Chinea
- James Coburn, Academy Award winner
- Francis Ford Coppola, five-time Academy Award winner
- Alex Cox
- Dean Cundey
- Jonathan Dayton
- Jamaa Fanaka
- Valerie Faris
- Leslie Erganian
- Teshome Gabriel, Cinema scholar and professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
- Alex Gibney, Academy Award winner
- Dan Gordon
- Robert David Hall
- Catherine Hardwicke
- Mariska Hargitay, Golden Globe and Emmy winner
- Mark Harmon
- Kayo Hatta, Sundance Film Festival award winner
- Jim Herzfeld
- James Horner, Academy Award winner
- Lew Hunter
- William Missouri Downs
- Gil Kenan, Academy Award nominee
- David Koepp
- Scott Kosar
- Justin Lin
- Jayne Mansfield, Golden Globe winner
- Ray Manzarek
- Frank Marshall
- Jim Morrison, lead singer and lyricist of The Doors
- Robert A. Nakamura filmmaker, co-founder of Visual Communications (VC)
- Victor Nuñez
- Lisa Onodera
- Michael Ovitz
- Alexander Payne, Academy Award winner
- Rob Reiner, two-time Emmy winner
- Tim Robbins, Academy Award winner
- Scott Rosenberg
- Eric Roth, Academy Award winner
- Pietro Scalia, two-time Academy Award winner
- Joel Schumacher
- Paul Schrader, Academy Award nominee
- Tom Shadyac
- Brad Silberling
- Tom Skerritt
- Penelope Spheeris
- Jorma Taccone
- George Takei
- Ham Tran
- Kevin Tsai
- Gore Verbinski
- David S. Ward, Academy Award winner
- Aron J. Warner, Academy Award winner
- Jaleel White
- Gregory Widen
- John Williams, five-time Academy Award winner
- Hoyt Yeatman
2009's "UCLA Festival 2009: New Creative Work," was a nine-day celebration of the newest work by students from the school, taking place at UCLA and other sites from June 5 through 13.
One part of the festival was the Screenwriters Showcase. It was hosted by screenwriter and UCLA alumnus Mike Werb. The "Distinguished Achievement in Screenwriting" award was presented to Dustin Lance Black, on June 10, 2009, at the Freud Playhouse.
- Sue-Ellen Case - Chair of Critical Studies in the Theatre Department
- Dee Caruso - Former professor of screenwriting for more than twenty years
- Teshome Gabriel - Cinema scholar and professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
- Richard Walter (screenwriter) - Chair of Screenwriting Department
- "School of Theater, Film and Television". UCLA.
- Brent Lang, Apatow to Receive Jack Benny Award, TheWrap.com, Map 19, 2010
- McClellan, Dennis (2010-06-17). "Teshome H. Gabriel dies at 70; UCLA professor and Third World cinema expert". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
- By Teri Bond, Oscar-winning 'Milk' screenwriter to be honored at UCLA film festival event, UCLA Newsroom, June 4, 2009
- Barnes, Mike (2012-06-01). "Dee Caruso, a Writer on Classic 1960s Sitcoms, Dies at 83". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
- "Comedy writer Dee Caruso dies, Penned 'Get Smart,' 'The Monkees' episodes". Variety Magazine. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
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