Students choose any two courses, one as a Major and one as a Workshop. Majors meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework and require some project and preparation time outside of class. Workshops meet three afternoons a week, with no homework and all work contained within the class session. A few of our popular courses are listed here - to view the full course list please visit our Courses page.
The Movie Business
Through a combination of discussions, guest speakers, and visits to industry institutions, this course introduces students to the history of the film and television industry, its current state, and addresses the challenges under which it is burdened. Students are taught how movies and TV shows are made, from idea conception to delivery. Specifically, they gain knowledge of the 3-act structure for film and the 5-act structure for television. They leave the program with an overall understanding of the U.S. Entertainment Industry while also having the skills to compose, pitch, give and receive constructive criticism from their peers on their unique story idea.
With a body of alumni that includes Francis Ford Coppola, Ben Stiller, and Rob Reiner, UCLA has established itself as a core contributor to the dream factory that is Hollywood. Led by professional screenwriters and directors, and taking advantage of the resources of the location, students brainstorm, write, and produce their own short films (fiction, non-fiction, documentary, or experimental), which they shoot with digital cameras and edit with professional software. They screen their films at the end of the program. Lab fee of $300 US for the Major; $150 US for the Workshop.
This course introduces students to the principles of writing for the screen, focusing on the construction of strong characters, story development, and 3-act narrative structure. Through practical exercises, students develop an original idea for a feature script and learn to shape it into pitch and treatment format. Professionals address the class, offering insight into Hollywood and best practices for presenting work to agents, producers, and studios.
Our Faculty comes from local leading universities (UCLA, USC, among others) and our creative and workshop courses are taught by professionals – acclaimed writers and poets, filmmakers, photographers, and actors selected for their talent and their ability to inspire. Led by these outstanding individuals, and operating in small, seminar-style classes, our courses immerse students in subjects about which they are passionate while helping them uncover the spectacular sites and cultures in which they are living. A few members of our Faculty are featured here - visit our Faculty page to view the full list.
BA Yale University, MFA University of Southern California
Leonora is a professional photographer, cinematographer, and actress. In 2011, she was honored with the Sun Cinematography Award and a mentorship with Michael Goi. This led to a position in the camera department on the FX television series American Horror Story: Asylum. Leonora is interested in photography as a tool for the expression of ideas and emotions, and she works on projects large and small - from staged, polished, images, rich with metaphor, to recording dewdrops on flower petals. As an actress she regularly appears on stage, and in television and film.
BA AFDA Film School, MFA University of California, Los Angeles
Brynach is an award-winning writer and director. He received his BA from the AFDA Film School in South Africa, where he wrote and directed six short films including The Cabin, which played at The Henri Langlois Film Festival. Back in the UK, he worked for the BBC on Torchwood and Doctor Who. After two years in TV, he decided to pursue an MFA in Directing at UCLA. In 2011 he was named a BAFTA Brit to Watch. Recently his thesis short Role Play was selected by the Munich Student Film Festival, The London Short Film Festival, and Slamdance Film Festival. It also received the prestigious UCLA Directors' Spotlight Award.
MA Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, MFA California Institute of the Arts
Elia is a professional writer, producer, and documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her current project, a feature-length documentary entitled Next, is being shot under the tutelage of Monte Hellman. In the past, she has worked with Orbita Max, the first Spanish production company to ever shoot in IMAX format; and with various Spanish and American companies, including Mundo Fox and El Terrat / MTV Spain, as a Production Coordinator. Elia arrived in America as the winner of the La Caixa Fellowship for Graduate Studies. She is also an experienced pedagogue, and teaches courses and masterclasses in filmmaking and screenwriting at the California Institute of the Arts.
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Sproul Landing is located in the center of the UCLA campus, in the heart of the residential community up on the Hill. Students make use of communal facilities, including study rooms, TV rooms, and lounges with comfy couches. The rooms are doubles or triples with shared hall bathrooms. They also have access to the university gym and Olympic-sized pool.
Our extracurricular program maintains a balance between study and leisure time that allows students to relax and unwind. The Activities Directors organize a full daily program of elective social events to take advantage of the campus facilities including swim relays, quiz nights, and talent shows. Our sports program includes opportunities to play softball, basketball, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, and soccer. Off-campus, students might shop in Santa Monica before enjoying an amusement park ride on the pier. They visit film and television sets and studios in Hollywood, admire the homes and views on Mulholland Drive, window shop on Rodeo Drive, take in a Dodgers baseball game, or spot celebrities in the cafes of Beverly Hills. These activities provide unparalleled exposure to Los Angeles. Students can also travel with program staff to tour other local college campus such as the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Southern California (USC), and Pepperdine University, among others. Additionally, all students have the option to attend private on-campus sessions organized with representatives from UCLA and USC.
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PROGRAM ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Every student is met at LAX airport upon arrival and escorted to the residence. At the end of the program students are accompanied to the airport where our staff oversee check-in and departure. A representative stays at the airport until all the flights have departed.
SAFETY AND SUPERVISION
Oxbridge at UCLA takes place in a secure residence, on a safe campus, with controlled access and 24hr security. Day-to-day life is overseen by teams of Deans - professional educators drawn from leading schools. Each program has an office, in a central location, which is open and permanently staffed by Deans from before 8am until well past midnight, where students and their parents can seek advice or assistance. Every student checks in every evening with the Deans on duty. The Program Director, Deans, residential staff, and some members of Faculty live in the residences, ensuring round-the-clock care and supervision.
Student Safety, Rules & Behavior
Every summer, students and teachers on Oxbridge at UCLA maintain a blog, which provides unparalleled insight into daily life, classes, and activities. Last summer’s blog is available here!