Ucla Film Portfolio Requirements

NOTE: Students cannot use their department`s courses to meet GE`s requirements. Courses applied to the general education requirements may also not be used to satisfy the foreign language or non-essential requirements. Questions regarding these requirements should be directed to the school`s student office, 103 Building East Melnitz, (310) 206-8441 After meeting all language and course requirements, students are entitled to take the written aptitude test, which must be passed to take the oral aptitude test. The written exam is only held in the spring term and is a home exam that takes place over four consecutive days. Once the student has passed the written exam, a doctoral committee is formed to administer the university`s oral aptitude test. Students will only be promoted to apply after passing this exam. A candidate must demonstrate a strong education in the humanities and humanistic, outstanding literacy, excellent communication skills, and unique creative skills. No prior knowledge of film and television is required. UCLA students must satisfactorily complete at least 180 units for the bachelor`s degree, which includes all requirements of the university, the School of Drama, Film and Television, and the FTVDM department.

At least 64 of the 180 credits must be advanced courses numbered 100 to 199. A maximum of 216 units may be admitted. Film and Television, BA is a four-year degree that includes seven preparations for majors and majors. Transfer students complete preparatory courses (Film and Television courses 4, 6A, 10A, 33, 51, 84A and one drama course) during their junior and senior years. Transfer students must graduate within six (6) terms (two years) and complete all preparations for major courses prior to graduation. Upon arrival at UCLA, transfer students may request to use non-UCLA academic courses to prepare for key course requirements, if applicable. Applicants who wish to focus on the producers` program must submit a full curriculum vitae and portfolio consisting of two treatments (one to three pages each) for the feature film, television or new media projects that the applicant wishes to produce. Each treatment should include a logline and convey the genre, tone, size and scope of the project. Applicants may also include written promotional material related to a film, television or theatre project produced. At least nine courses are required, five of which must be 200-level courses in film and/or television history, theory, and criticism.

Of the five courses, Film and Television 206C, 208B and 217A are compulsory core courses. In addition, 200 film and television is required by all students. All five graduate courses must be completed with a grade of B or better. During their first year, students explore and develop a range of craft skills covering all major aspects of film, television and digital media production. In their final year, students focus on choosing film production/directing (narration and documentary), screenwriting, cinematography, animation, digital media, or editing/post-production. As part of their studies, students must complete an internship during their junior or senior year. GE REZIPROCITY students transferring from other UC sites or transferring their major from another UCLA school or college who have met their GE and writing requirements prior to entry are not required to meet the school`s GE and writing requirements. Students who choose this option must meet all requirements before entering, or they must complete the school plan. For more information, call 310-206-8441 or email filmundergrad@tft.ucla.edu.

First- and second-year students enroll each term in one or two courses designed to prepare for the major (primarily film and media studies) while completing their general educational, writing, literature, and foreign language requirements. The bachelor`s degree in film and television fosters the development of a personal vision that integrates creative, practical, intellectual and aesthetic values. As part of a humanities education, the program provides extensive experience in the field and diversity of film and television practice, including courses in history and theory, critical thinking, animation, screenwriting, and the fundamentals of film, video, and television production. Applicants who wish to focus on film or television production must submit a description of a film or television project that could be completed as part of graduate studies. The description should be in the form of a suggestion or treatment, two to three pages, with a font of 12 points. Applicants cannot submit DVDs. This material cannot be returned. For more information on requirements and how to apply to UCLA as an international student, see www.admission.ucla.edu/prospect/intl.htm.