Certificate Programs

The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program offers certificate programs for those students who prefer a structured course of study. Writers’ Program certificate programs are designed to provide perspective, knowledge, and training in several dynamic writing fields. The breadth and depth of the coordinated, sequential offerings allow you to define and pursue career goals, select courses keyed to your interests, discover or develop your potential for professional growth, and acquire necessary skills.

A grade of “C”or better must be earned in all courses in order to fulfill requirements. Courses may be taken either onsite or online. The benefits of a certificate from the Writers’ Program include advance notice of upcoming courses, a free one-on-one script consultation or a 100-page manuscript consultation, preferential treatment on wait lists, a Bruin Card, and participation in an Extension-wide graduation ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall upon completion of all requirements.  In addition, Writers’ Program certificate students are enrolled in the UCLA Alumni Association at no charge.

The following certificates are available from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program:

Certificate in Fiction Writing

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Program at a Glance

6 units of Beginning Fiction and/or Basics of Writing
Fall Winter Spring Summer
Choose courses listed in Beginning Fiction 
Choose courses listed in Basics of Writing

9 units of Intermediate Fiction
Fall Winter Spring Summer
Choose courses listed in Intermediate Fiction

3 units of Advanced Fiction
Fall Winter Spring Summer
Choose courses listed in Advanced Fiction

6 units of Elective courses (choose additional courses under any of the following headings)
Fall Winter Spring Summer
Basics of Writing
Special Topics for all Writers
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Writing for Young Readers
Poetry
Editing and Publishing

Charts Legend: Fall Winter Spring Summer

The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Certificate in Fiction Writing is a structured course of study which provides motivated writers with the tools and knowledge they need to build a solid portfolio of work and complete at least 250 pages of their novel or short fiction. Taught by a prestigious roster of instructors who are published writers and active professionals, the eight courses required to complete the certificate program can be taken onsite, online, or a combination of both.

Requirements:
Students must complete a total of 24 units from the Creative Writing section of the Writers’ Program’s offerings and earn a 2.0 or better in each course in order to fulfill requirements. The pass/no pass option is not allowed. Courses may be taken in the classroom or online.

Benefits:

  • Receive a 30 minute, one-on-one goal-setting consultation with a Writers’ Program advisor, who charts out certificate program curriculum based on current student’s level of experience, interests, and writing goals
  • Receive advance notice of upcoming Writers’ Program courses and enroll before the general public each quarter
  • Receive preferential placement on wait lists
  • Within six months of the completion of certificate program coursework, receive a complimentary one-on-one consultation on 100 pages of your manuscript by a Writers’ Program instructor
  •  Interact, network, and share writing tips with fellow certificate program students through the Writers’ Program Certificate Students closed group Facebook page
  • Participate in a UCLA Extension-wide graduation ceremony at UCLA’s historic Royce Hall and receive a certificate bearing the UCLA gold seal
  • Gain free membership in the UCLA Alumni Association, plus discounts on future Extension courses
  • Qualify for a Bruin Card* which can be used as a student ID for discounted movie tickets and bus passes and as a fee-free debit card at various locations on campus and in Westwood Village
  • Enjoy recreation privileges* on the UCLA campus
  • Access to BruinView,* the UCLA Career Center online job board
  • Access to InsideTrack* where you receive individualized online career coaching

*Nominal fee required

Contact:
Carla Janas
(310) 267-4888
Cjanas@unex.ucla.edu

Estimated Cost:
Application & Candidacy Fee: $250.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $5,400.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $100.00
Estimated Total Cost: $5,750.00

Cost estimates do not include incidentals such as parking fees or copying fees. In some cases, a book may be required.

*This program is open admission. The Application and Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you access to a variety of program benefits.

Details:
Open Enrollment or Apply for Admission?: Open
VA Approved?: Yes
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: No
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 8 quarters
Internships Available: No
All courses available in online format: Yes

Click here to view frequently asked questions for this certificate program.

 

Certificate in Creative Nonfiction

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Program at a Glance

6 units of Beginning Creative Nonfiction
Fall Winter Spring Summer
Choose courses listed in Beginning Creative Nonfiction

9 units of Intermediate Creative Nonfiction
Fall Winter Spring Summer
Choose courses listed in Intermediate Creative Nonfiction

3 units of Advanced Creative Nonfiction
Fall Winter Spring Summer
Choose courses listed in Advanced Creative Nonfiction

6 units of Elective courses (choose additional courses under any of the following headings)
Fall Winter Spring Summer
Basics of Writing
Special Topics for all Writers
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Writing for Young Readers
Poetry
Editing and Publishing

Charts Legend: Fall Winter Spring Summer

The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Certificate in Creative Nonfiction Writing is a structured course of study which provides motivated writers with the tools and knowledge they need to build a solid portfolio of work and complete at least 250 pages of personal essays or memoirs. Taught by a prestigious roster of instructors who are published writers and active professionals, the eight courses required to complete the certificate program can be taken onsite, online, or a combination of both.

Requirements:
Students must complete a total of 24 units from the Creative Writing section of the Writers’ Program’s offerings and earn a 2.0 or better in each course in order to fulfill requirements. The pass/no pass option is not allowed. Courses may be taken in the classroom or online.

Benefits:

  • Receive a 30 minute, one-on-one goal-setting consultation with a Writers’ Program advisor, who charts out certificate program curriculum based on student’s current level of experience, interests, and writing goals
  • Receive advance notice of upcoming Writers’ Program courses and enroll before the general public each quarter
  • Receive preferential placement on wait lists
  • Within six months of the completion of certificate program coursework, receive a complimentary one-on-one consultation on 100 manuscript pages by a Writers’ Program instructor
  • Interact, network, and share writing tips with fellow certificate program students through the Writers’ Program Certificate Students closed group Facebook page
  • Participate in a UCLA Extension-wide graduation ceremony at UCLA’s historic Royce Hall and receive a certificate bearing the UCLA gold seal
  • Gain free membership in the UCLA Alumni Association, plus discounts on future Extension courses
  • Qualify for a Bruin Card* which can be used as a student ID for discounted movie tickets and bus passes and as a fee-free debit card at various locations on campus and in Westwood Village
  • Enjoy recreation privileges* on the UCLA campus
  • Access to BruinView,* the UCLA Career Center online job board
  • Access to InsideTrack* where you receive individualized online career coaching

*Nominal fee required

Contact:
Nutschell Windsor
(310) 794-1846
Nwindsor@uclaextension.edu

 

Estimated Cost:
Application & Candidacy Fee: $250.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $5,400.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $100.00
Estimated Total Cost: $5,750.00**

*This program is open admission. The Application and Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you access to a variety of program benefits.

**Cost estimates do not include incidental costs such as parking or copying fees. In some cases, a book may be required.

Details:
Open Enrollment or Apply for Admission?: Open
VA Approved?: Yes
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: No
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 8 quarters
Internships Available: No
All courses available in online format: Yes

Click here to view frequently asked questions for this certificate program.

 

Certificate in Feature Film Writing

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Program at a Glance

4 Courses in Feature Film Writing (12 units)

Course No. | Title Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
FILM TV X 440A – Writing the First Screenplay I 3
FILM TV X 440B – Writing the First Screenplay II 3
FILM TV X 440C – Writing the First Screenplay III 3
FILM TV X 440D – Writing the First Screenplay IV 3

2 Elective Courses (6 units)

Sections Fall Winter Spring Summer
Television Courses
Special Topics for Film & Television Writers

Charts Legend: Fall Winter Spring Summer

Note: This program offers screenwriting students a focused and results-oriented course of study in which they write one to three feature film scripts. Certificate students increase their exposure and industry connections and are eligible for perks such as a full-scale screenplay consultation (page limits apply). The Feature Film Writing Certificate is offered both onsite and online. Courses are taught by instructors who are produced writers or entertainment professionals possessing significant related experience. Most are Writers Guild of America (WGA) members. Required introductory courses may be waived upon department approval; however, candidates must still complete a minimum of six Writers’ Program courses to earn the certificate.

This certificate program can be completed entirely online, onsite or a combination of the two. Intermediate or advanced level track is also available for those who meet certain requirements.  Please contact an advisor for more details.

Contact:
Jeffrey Bonnett
(310) 206-1542
JBonnett@unex.ucla.edu

Requirements:
Students must complete a total of 18 units from the Writers’ Program and earn a 2.0 in each course in order to fulfill requirements. The pass/no pass option is not allowed.

Benefits:

  • Receive advance notice of upcoming Writers’ Program courses and enroll before the general public each quarter
  • Get valuable feedback through a 1-on-1 script consultation with a Writers’ Program instructor after completion of coursework (value up to $775)
  • Save money on application fees when entering the UCLA Extension Feature Film or Television Writing competitions
  • Receive preferential placement on wait lists
  • Free membership in the UCLA Alumni Association, plus discounts on future Extension courses
  • Qualify for a Bruin Card* which can be used as a student ID for discounted movie tickets and bus passes and as a fee-free debit card at various locations on campus and in Westwood Village
  • Enjoy recreation* and library privileges on the UCLA campus
  • Participate in an Extension-wide graduation ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall and receive a gold-seal certificate
  • Access to BruinView,* the UCLA Career Center online job board
  • Access to InsideTrack* where you receive individualized online career coaching

*Nominal fee required

Estimated Cost:
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $3,906.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $200.00
Estimated Total Cost: $4,306.00

Cost estimates do not include incidental costs such as parking fees or copying fees. In some cases, a book may be required.

*This program is open admission. The Application & Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you access to a variety of program benefits.

Additional Details:
Valid quarter starts for half-time study: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 4 quarters
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: No
VA Approved?: Yes
Internships Available: No
Federal Financial Aid Available: No

Click here to read frequently asked questions for this certificate program. 

Certificate in Television Writing

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Program at a Glance

4 Courses in Television Writing (12 units)

Course No. | Title Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
FILM TV X 430.4 – Beginning Writing for the One-Hour Spec I 3
FILM TV X 430.6 – Beginning Writing for the Half-Hour Spec I 3
FILM TV X 431.4 – Beginning Writing the One-Hour Spec II 3
FILM TV X 431.6 – Beginning Writing the Half-Hour Spec II 3
FILM TV X 442.1 – Writing the One-Hour Drama Pilot I 3
FILM TV X 431.7 – Writing the Half-Hour Pilot I 3
FILM TV X 433.7 – Writing the One-Hour or Half-Hour Pilot II 3

2 Elective Courses (6 units)

Sections Fall Winter Spring Summer
Feature Film Courses
Special Topics for Film & Television Writers

Charts Legend: Fall Winter Spring Summer

This program offers screenwriting students a focused and results-oriented course of study in which they write 2-3 television spec scripts, either in the hour drama or half-hour comedy format. Certificate students increase their exposure and industry connections and are eligible for perks such as a full-scale screenplay consultation (page limits apply). Courses are taught by instructors who are produced writers or entertainment professionals possessing significant related experience and most are Writers Guild of America (WGA) members. Required courses may be waived upon department approval; however, certificate students must still complete six Writers’ Program courses. Please contact the program advisor for further details.

Note:
This certificate program can be completed entirely online, onsite or a combination of both.  Intermediate or advanced level track is also available for those who meet certain requirements.  Please contact an advisor for more details.

Contact
Jeffrey Bonnett
(310) 206-1542
JBonnett@unex.ucla.edu

Requirements:
Students must complete a total of 18 units from the Writers’ Program and earn a 2.0 in each course in order to fulfill requirements. The pass/no pass option is not allowed.

Benefits:

  • Receive advance notice of upcoming Writers’ Program courses and enroll before the general public each quarter
  • Get valuable feedback through a 1-on-1 script consultation with a Writers’ Program instructor after completion of coursework (value up to $775)
  • Save money on application fees when entering the UCLA Extension Feature Film or Television Writing competitions
  • Receive preferential placement on wait lists
  • Free membership in the UCLA Alumni Association, plus discounts on future Extension courses
  • Qualify for a Bruin Card* which can be used as a student ID for discounted movie tickets and bus passes and as a fee-free debit card at various locations on campus and in Westwood Village
  • Enjoy recreation* and library privileges on the UCLA campus
  • Participate in an Extension-wide graduation ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall and receive a gold-seal certificate
  • Access to BruinView,* the UCLA Career Center online job board
  • Access to InsideTrack* where you receive individualized online career coaching

*Nominal fee required

Estimated Cost:
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $3,906.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $200.00
Estimated Total Cost: $4,306.00

Cost estimates do not include incidental costs such as parking fees or copying fees. In some cases, a book may be required.

*This program is open admission. The Application & Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you access to a variety of program benefits.

Additional Details:
Valid quarter starts for half-time study: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 4 quarters
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: No
VA Approved?: Yes
Internships Available: No
Federal Financial Aid Available: No

Click here to view frequently asked questions for this certificate program.

Screenwriting: Film and TV Comprehensive

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Program at a Glance

3 Foundation Courses (12 units)

Course No. | Title Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
FILM TV X 404 Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television + 4
FILM TV X 404A Post-Production for Film and Television 4
MGMT X 403.31 – The Business of Entertainment 4
FILM TV X 476.581 The Language of Filmmaking 4

4 Courses in Feature Film Writing (12 units)

Course No. | Title Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
FILM TV X 440A – Writing the First Screenplay I 3
FILM TV X 440B – Writing the First Screenplay II 3
FILM TV X 440C – Writing the First Screenplay III 3
FILM TV X 440D – Writing the First Screenplay IV 3

4 Courses in Television Writing (12 units)

Course No. | Title Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
FILM TV X 430.4 – Beginning Writing for the One-Hour Spec I 3
FILM TV X 430.6 – Beginning Writing for the Half-Hour Spec I 3
FILM TV X 431.4 – Beginning Writing the One-Hour Spec II 3
FILM TV X 431.6 – Beginning Writing the Half-Hour Spec II 3
FILM TV X 442.1 – Writing the One-Hour Drama Pilot I 3
FILM TV X 431.7 – Writing the Half-Hour Comedy Pilot I 3
FILM TV X 433.7 – Writing the One-Hour or Half-Hour Pilot II 3

4 Elective Courses (12 units)

Sections Fall Winter Spring Summer
Special Topics for Film & Television Writers

+ Should be completed within the first 2 quarters of study.

Charts Legend: Fall Winter Spring Summer  Section Only Offered Online

NOTE* You may substitute one course from the Entertainment Development and/or apply for an internship credit. (The student must have completed at least 50% of the course work before requesting an internship. Student are also required to complete at least 12 units of core course (not electives) to be eligible for requesting an internship. Student can apply for full-time (21-40 hours) or part-time (1-20 hours) internship. Student does not allow to apply for internship right after returning from Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Additional Information

This program allows students with a passion for both feature film and television writing the chance to complete a full-length project in each genre as well as to acquire a working knowledge of the production and business elements of filmmaking. This combination of skills will serve students well, whether they seek to become professional writers or take their knowledge of writing into the business side of the entertainment industry. Courses are taught by instructors who are produced writers or entertainment professionals possessing significant related experience. Most are Writers Guild of America (WGA) members.

Note:
This certificate program cannot be completed solely online. Intermediate or advanced level track is also available for those who meet certain requirements.  Please contact an advisor for more details.

Contact
Jeffrey Bonnett
(310) 206-1542
JBonnett@unex.ucla.edu

Requirements:
Students must complete a total of 48 units from the Writers’ Program and foundational courses in Entertainment Studies.  Students must earn a 2.0 in each course in order to fulfill requirements. The pass/no pass option is not allowed.

Benefits:

  • Receive advance notice of upcoming Writers’ Program courses and enroll before the general public each quarter
  • Get valuable feedback through a 1-on-1 script consultation with a Writers’ Program instructor after completion of coursework (value up to $775)
  • Save money on application fees when entering the UCLA Extension Feature Film or Television Writing competitions
  • Receive preferential placement on wait lists
  • Gain free membership in the UCLA Alumni Association, plus discounts on future Extension courses
  • Qualify for a Bruin Card* which can be used as a student ID for discounted movie tickets and bus passes and as a fee-free debit card at various locations on campus and in Westwood Village
  • Enjoy recreation* and library privileges on the UCLA campus
  • Participate in an Extension-wide graduation ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall and receive a gold-seal certificate
  • Access to BruinView,* the UCLA Career Center online job board
  • Access to InsideTrack* where you receive individualized online career coaching

*Nominal fee require

Estimated Cost:
Application & Candidacy Fee: $300.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $9,897.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $200.00
Estimated Total Cost: $10,397.00

Cost estimates do not include incidental costs such as parking fees or copying fees. In some cases, a book may be required.

*This program is open admission. The Application & Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you access to a variety of program benefits. International students should follow the deadlines listed on the International Students website to ensure timely enrollment.  Domestic students may apply anytime year-round.

Additional Details:
Valid quarter starts for full-time study: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Minimum TOEFL Score: 100 (Note: a bachelors or graduate degree from an American university can waive TOEFL requirement)
Estimated Duration (Full-Time pace): 4 quarters
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: Yes
VA Approved?: Yes
Internships Available: Yes
Federal Financial Aid Available: No

Click here to view frequently asked questions for this certificate program.

“UCLA Extension’s Certificate in Fiction Writing offered an opportunity to not only hone my craft, but to also create a foundation that would forever guide me. Each class I’ve taken has affirmed this. My coursework, teachers, and colleagues have shaped my writing life, fueled the creation of my novel, and provided continual inspiration.”

Michael Sudmeier, winner of the 2015 Claire Carmichael Scholarship and recipient of a fiction fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council

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