School of Theater, Film and Television
Transfer Admission

The School of Theater, Film and Television offers the following majors:

General admission requirements

Both majors provide a comprehensive introduction to the history, theory, and practice of these art forms within the context of a liberal arts education.

Undergraduates in Theater study the history of world and American theater and drama, contemporary theater issues, acting and performance, play reading and analysis, design, directing, theater production, and complete a sequence of advanced courses in a specialization along with a senior project. Undergraduates in Film & Television study the history of film and television; screenwriting; film and television production, including cinematography, editing, directing the camera, and digital media and tools; and complete a senior concentration in one area of specialization and a professional internship.

Applicants to the school must have a minimum3.2 GPA at the time of application and by the time of entrance must have attained junior standing (60 semester/90 quarter units) and have completed their general education coursework—either the school’s GE requirements, IGETC at a California community college, or the GE requirements while a student at another UC campus. Completion of the School of Theater, Film and Television's literature and foreign language requirements before arriving at UCLA is strongly encouraged but not required. In addition to the UC application, applicants are required to submit supplemental application material (e.g., letters of recommendation, questionnaires, resumes, samples of creative writing, or essays).

Please refer to Transfer Admission for additional information on transfer admission requirements.

Major-Specific admission requirements

Film and Television

In addition to the UC Application, applicants are required to submit a personal essay, critical essay, creative writing sample, and two letters of recommendation are required for admission. Films and videotapes are not accepted. Prior experience is not required. Note: Transfer students cannot change to the Film and Television major after they transfer to UCLA. Additional information may be found at www.tft.ucla.edu/filmba.

Recommended courses prior to entrance

  • one theater course

Theater

Applicants interested in the Theater major must choose one of the following elective sequences on the UC Application:

Acting
Design/Production
Musical Theater
Integrated Studies
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*Students interested in the Directing or Playwriting sequences should apply via Integrated Studies.

In addition to the general UC Application, a departmental questionnaire, personal statement, copies of transcripts, a resume of theater training, and an in-person interview are required for admission. Acting and Musical Theater applicants are required to interview and audition. Note: Transfer students cannot change to the Theater major after they transfer to UCLA. Additional information may be found at: www.tft.ucla.edu/theaterba.

Recommended courses prior to entrance

  • acting
  • design
  • play analysis
  • theater history