Are you an international student interested in studying screenwriting?

Are you a local student interested in studying both feature film and television writing under one certificate?

If so, you’ll be happy to know that this spring, the Writers’ Program unveiled a new Film and TV Comprehensive screenwriting certificate program designed to meet the needs of both domestic and international students.

Previously, the crafts of feature film writing and television writing were available under two separate certificate programs. While both continue to offer an efficient, flexible, and affordable curriculum to domestic students, international students have been unable to enjoy the same privilege, as each program fell below the amount of credits required for a F-1 Student Visa.

Now, with the addition of the Film and TV Comprehensive certificate, the Writers’ Program has effectively solved this dilemma by implementing a curriculum that not only consists of the core courses in each of the Feature Film Writing and Television Writing certificates, but also the foundational courses offered through UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies program. Combined, these courses will provide any student with a sufficient knowledge of the film and television business, plus the screenwriting skills necessary to succeed as a storyteller in both formats.

International or domestic students who take at least 12 units (i.e. 4 courses) per quarter can complete the certificate program in one year. Or, domestic students looking for a broader timeframe of completion can customize their schedule accordingly. Program benefits include (but are not limited to): advance notice of upcoming courses, priority on waitlists, discounted application fees in the annual screenwriting competitions, qualification for a UCLA Student ID, and a complimentary feature film or television script consultation upon graduation, valued at $775.

For a full list of required courses and other certificate program info, click here.

For more information on this new certificate program, call (310) 825-9415 or email

For more information on studying internationally, please contact our International Student office by calling 310-825-9351.

To learn more about courses offered through Entertainment Studies, please call 310-905-8264.

Jeff Bonnett is the Program Assistant for Screenwriting (Onsite & Online). Contact him at or (310) 206-1542.

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