FILM, TELEVISION & DIGITAL MEDIA COURSES FOR SUMMER 2021

 

Due to the continuing situation surrounding COVID-19, the UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media will be transitioning all summer courses and Summer Institutes to remote learning in order to protect the health and safety of our community and visiting students. Please check the track pages for details.

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information for the UCLA campus community, you can visit the UCLA Newsroom's Dedicated COVID-19 Page.

 

The UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media summer courses offer students from around the globe an unparalleled opportunity to study filmmaking at one of the most prestigious film schools in the world - right in the heart of Hollywood. Students can earn college credit and achieve their academic goals with a variety of course topics to complement a student's current studies and prepare them for their future careers.

During the summer, the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media welcomes high school students, current UCLA students, visiting college students, and working professionals to study in a welcoming environment that appreciates diversity and global perspectives.

All prerequisites are waived for Film, Television, and Digital Media summer courses and all courses are open to high school students (with the exception of FTV 195, 498, and 221). Students earn UC course credit. These credits may be transferable to other institutions outside the UC System. If you are a visiting student, please check with your home university for their policies on transferring credit.

Check out the course offerings below and click Schedule of Classes for more detailed course descriptions, schedules, and availability on the Registrar's website.

 

Summer 2021 Schedule

 

Each Session has a letter and a number. The letter indicates the start date: A (June 21), B (July 12), C (August 2), and D (August 23). The number indicates the length of the course in weeks.

Below are the 2021 session dates:

 

SESSION A
A3: June 21 - July 9
A6: June 21 - July 30
A8: June 21 - August 13
A10: June 21 - August 27

 

SESSION B
B3: July 12 - July 30

 

SESSION C
C3: August 2 - August 20
C6: August 2 - September 10

 

SESSION D
D3: August 23 - September 10

 

How to Enroll

 

IF YOU ARE A UCLA STUDENT...

Current matriculated UCLA students may add courses on MyUCLA starting FEBRUARY 1 through Friday of Week 1 of the course's session. For more information, please visit the Summer Sessions Academic Course Information page.

 

IF YOU ARE A VISITING STUDENT (this includes US and international visiting college students, high school students, and working professionals)...

Complete the ACADEMIC COURSE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM starting February 15. For more information on registration, deadlines, and other important enrollment information, please visit the Summer Sessions Academic Course Information page.


For High School students, please note these courses are UCLA college courses and will be taken among current college students. Before enrolling, you should feel confident in your ability to successfully complete coursework at a college level.

 

Summer Sessions 2021 Course Offerings

 

Please refer to the UCLA Schedule of Classes for more information on each course.

 

Undergraduate Courses

 

FTV 4: Introduction to Art and Technique of Filmmaking

(Formerly numbered 122B.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Students acquire understanding of practical and aesthetic challenges undertaken by artists and professionals in making of motion pictures and television. Examination of film as both art and industry: storytelling, sound and visual design, casting and performance, editing, finance, advertising, and distribution. Exploration of American and world cinema from filmmaker's perspective. Honing of analytical skills and development of critical vocabulary for study of filmmaking as technical, artistic, and cultural phenomenon. P/NP or letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6, Session C6

 

FTV 33: Introductory Screenwriting

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open for credit to students with credit for course C132/C430. Structural analysis of feature films and development of professional screenwriters' vocabulary for constructing, deconstructing, and reconstructing their own work. Screenings of films and selected film sequences in class and by assignment. P/NP or letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6, Session C6

 

FTV 84A: Overview of Contemporary Film Industry

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of evolving economic structures and business practices in contemporary Hollywood film industry, with emphasis on operations of studios and independent distribution companies, their development, marketing, and distribution systems, and their relationship to independent producers, talent, and agencies. Letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6, Session C6

 

FTV 106C: History of African, Asian, and Latin American Film

Lecture/screenings, eight hours; discussion, one hour. Critical, historical, aesthetic, and social study--together with exploration of ethnic significance--of Asian, African, Latin American, and Mexican films. Letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6

 

FTV M111: Women and Film

(Same as Gender Studies M111.) Lecture, eight hours; discussion, one hour. Historical issues and critical approaches to women and cinema that may include authorship, stardom, female genres, and images of women in Hollywood cinema, alternative cinema, and independent cinema from silent era to present. Letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6

 

FTV 112: Film and Social Change

Lecture/screenings, eight hours; discussion, one hour. Development of documentary and dramatic films in relation to and as force in social development. Letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6

 

FTV 114: Film Genres

Lecture/screenings, five hours; discussion, one hour. Study of specific film genre (e.g., Western, gangster cycle, musical, silent epic, comedy, social drama). P/NP or letter grading.
Offered in: Session C6

 

FTV M117: Chicanos in Film/Video

(Same as Chicana/o and Central American Studies M114.) Lecture/screenings, five hours; discussion, one hour. Goal is to gain nuanced understanding of Chicano cinema as political, socioeconomic, cultural, and aesthetic practice. Examination of representation of Mexican Americans and Chicanos in four Hollywood genres--silent greaser films, social problem films, Westerns, and gang films--that are major genres that account for films about or with Mexican Americans produced between 1908 and 1980. Examination of recent Chicano-produced films that subvert or signify on these Hollywood genres, including Zoot Suit, Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, and Born in East L.A. Consideration of shorter, more experimental work that critiques Hollywood image of Chicanos. Guest speakers include both pioneer and up-and-coming filmmakers. P/NP or letter grading.
Offered in: Session C6

 

FTV 122D: Film Editing: Overview of History, Technique, and Practice

Lecture, three hours. Practical application of film editing techniques, how they have evolved, and continue to evolve. Examination of history of editing, as well as current editing trends, terminology, and workflow. P/NP or letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6, Session C3

 

FTV 122E: Digital Cinematography

Lecture, three hours. With lectures, screenings, and demonstrations, study of principles of digital cinematography. How tools and techniques affect visual storytelling process. Topics include formats, aspect ratios, cameras, lenses, special effects, internal menu picture manipulation, lighting, composition, coverage, high definition, digital exhibition, filtration, multiple-camera shooting. P/NP or letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6, Session C6

 

FTV 122J: Disney Feature: Then and Now

Lecture, three hours; discussion, three hours. Study and analysis of Disney's animated features. Evaluation of why Disney's animated features have dominated until recently and ramifications of this dominance on animation and society. Letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6, Session C3

 

FTV 122M: Film and Television Directing

Lecture, three hours. Through discussions, screenings, demonstrations, and guests, exploration of script, previsualization, directing actors, directing camera coverage in relationship to story, practical on-set directing, and directing for camera. P/NP or letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6, Session C6

 

FTV 146: Art and Practice of Motion Picture Producing

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Exploration of role of producer as both artist and business person. Comparative analysis of screenplays and completed films. Emphasis on assembly of creative team and analysis of industrial context, both independent and studio. Screenings viewed outside of class and on reserve at Powell Library. Letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6

 

FTV 183A: Producing I: Film and Television Development

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Open to nonmajors. Critical analysis of contemporary entertainment industries and practical approach to understanding and implementing producer's role in development of feature film and television scripts. Through scholarly and trade journal readings, in-class discussions, script analysis, and select guest speakers, exposure to various entities that comprise feature film and television development process. Basic introduction to story and exploration of proper technique for evaluating screenplays and teleplays through writing of coverage. May be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6, Session C3

 

FTV 183B: Producing II: Entertainment Economics

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Open to nonmajors. Critical understanding of strategies and operating principles that drive flow of revenue in entertainment industry. Exploration of theoretical frameworks and development of critical perspective, while studying industrial processes through which movie and television properties are financed and exploited throughout all revenue streams. May be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.
Offered in: Session B3

 

FTV 183C: Producing III: Marketing, Distribution, and Exhibition

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Open to nonmajors. Marketing and distribution of feature films across multiple exhibition platforms and subsequent reception and consumption by audiences. Focus on engagement between distributor, exhibitor, and audience and analysis of various conceptual frameworks and industrial strategies within which these relationships are conceived and operate. May be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.
Offered in: Session C6

 

FTV 194: Internship Seminars: Film, Television, and Digital Media

Seminar, two hours. Corequisite: course 195. Designed for students currently in departmental internships. General introduction to contemporary film and television industries and discussion and engagement with and expansion on internship experiences. Common business practices and expansion of critical understanding of industry at large. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6, Session C6

 

FTV 195: Corporate Internships in Film, Television, and Digital Media

Tutorial, one hour; internship, eight hours. Enforced corequisite: course 194. Limited to juniors/seniors. Corporate internship in supervised setting in business related to film, television, and digital media industries. Students meet on regular basis with instructor and provide periodic reports of their experience. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP or letter grading.
Offered in: Session A10, Session A6, Session C6

 

Graduate Courses

 

FTV 221: Film Authors

Seminar, three hours; film screenings, four to six hours. Designed for graduate students. Intensive examination of works of outstanding creators of films. May be repeated twice for credit. S/U or letter grading.
Offered in: Session A6

 

FTV 498: Professional Internships in Film and Television

Tutorial, to be arranged. Full- or part-time at studio or on professional project. Designed for MFA program advanced students. Internship at various film, television, or theater facilities accentuating creative contribution, organization, and work of professionals in their various specialties. Given only when projects can be scheduled. S/U or letter grading.

Offered in: Session A10, Session A6, Session C6

 

Financial Aid

 

Financial aid for Summer Sessions Institutes is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of summer.ucla.edu.

 

Contact us

 

UCLA Summer Institutes

1332 Murphy Hall
Box 951418
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1418

Tel: (310) 825-4101
Fax: (310) 825-1528

E-mail: info@summer.ucla.edu