UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

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UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Los Angeles
United States
Coordinates 34°04′34″N 118°26′24″W / 34.076°N 118.440°W / 34.076; -118.440Coordinates: 34°04′34″N 118°26′24″W / 34.076°N 118.440°W / 34.076; -118.440
Type Public university
Established 1947
Founder Regents of the University of California
Dean Teri Schwartz
Faculty 140
Enrollment 315 graduate, 328 undergraduate
Campus type Urban

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 (theater, film and television) of these aspects into a single administration.[1] The graduate programs are usually ranking within the top 3 nationally, according to the U.S. News & World Report.[citation needed] Among the school's resources are the Geffen Playhouse, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the largest university-based archive of its kind in the world, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. 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 2014, consisted of 631 students. For Fall 2014 the School received 4,442 applications and offered admission to 346 applicants (7.8%).

With 140 faculty members teaching 335 undergrads and 296 graduate students, the teacher to student ratio is about 1:5.

Department of Theater[edit]

The different areas of theater studies at UCLA's Department of Theater consist of:

Undergraduate program[edit]

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.

Graduate program[edit]

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[edit]

There are three distinct areas of courses offered in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Department of Film, Television and Digital Media:

Undergraduate program[edit]

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:

Students must all complete one internship during their senior year.

Graduate program[edit]

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 (four-year program)
  • Production/Cinematography (four-year program)
  • Screenwriting (two-year program)
  • Animation (three-year program)
  • Producers Program (two-year program)

The Producers Program focuses on the production and business side of Film, Television and Digital Media.

Professional Programs[edit]

The School also offers non-degree programs modeled after the world-renowned MFA curriculum. The UCLA Professional Programs [1] in Screenwriting and Producing are the only non-degree screenwriting and producing programs that have oversight by the UCLA School of Theater, 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) [2], 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 [3] is a 10-week 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 Theater, Film and Television consists of a linked network of professional theaters, 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[edit]

Hammer Museum on Wilshire and Westwood Blvds.

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 Theater is situated on the Courtyard level of the Hammer Museum in Westwood Village. 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. The Billy Wilder Theater also provides an intimate and technically advanced showcase for events including artists’ lectures, literary readings, musical concerts and public conversations. It offers one of the most advanced, comfortable and intimate cultural venues on the West Coast, where the Museum and the Archive present their exciting programs.

"Cultural Roundtable" at THE NEW LATC[edit]

In 2006, the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television joined a multicultural consortium of theater organizations known as the "Cultural Roundtable," brought together to produce theater works for a diverse Los Angeles audience. 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 the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Jack Benny Award for Comedy[edit]

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.[2]

Distinguished Alumni[edit]

UCLA Festival[edit]

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.[3]



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