Film and TV Development, Certificate

Film and TV Development, Certificate


After taking a series of four foundation courses students learn specific skills that can prepare them for entry-level positions in the industry. They gain an understanding of how to write coverage, develop compelling stories, and make a project attractive to potential buyers with this Film and TV Development Film and TV Development Certificate at UCLA Extension UCLA Extension.

Students must complete a total of 12 courses (48 units) for the award. 9 courses (36 units) are required and the remaining 3 electives (12 units) are comprised of other courses numbered X 400-499 in Entertainment Development, Producing, Business and Management of Entertainment, Post-Production, Acting, Cinematography, Directing, Writers' Program/Feature Film, Writers' Program/Television, Writers' Program/Special Topics in Film & TV, or Music. New electives are added regularly.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

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    • Duration description

      Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): Up to 12 quarters

  • Credits
    48 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television 
  • A Post-Production for Film and Television 
  • The Business of Entertainment 
  • The Language of Filmmaking 
  • Marketing and Distributing Independent Films Across All Platforms 
  • Understanding Genre: How to Develop a Hollywood Classic 
  • Story Development Workshop: Crafting Your Original Story 
  • Introduction to Feature Film Development 

                English Language Requirements

                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                • Minimum required score:


                  The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                • Minimum required score:


                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                Academic Requirements

                • Create a student profile, apply to your certificate program, and pay the candidacy fee
                • Navigate to the International Student Certificate Program Application and submit when all pages are complete
                • Pay international student fees.  You will be prompted to pay the international student fee when you submit your completed application. You will pay the remaining international student fees via the links on the international student fee page.
                • Send required documents to the International Student Office

                Tuition Fee

                • International Applies to you

                  8400 USD/full
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 8400 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
                • National Applies to you

                  8400 USD/full
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 8400 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
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                Estimated Total Cost: $9,150

                Living costs for Los Angeles

                • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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