Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute



Participants of the Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):

  • Film and Television 72 – Production Practice in Film, Television, and Digital Media (3 Units)

This program offers a hands-­on overview of the production process, from conceptualization to post production. Through lectures, discussions, workshops and group projects, students will form a basic understanding of the aesthetic, creative, and logistical decisions involved in making a film. This includes story structure, the principles of cinematography, and editing. Letter grading.


Schedule and Syllabus

NOTE: All course meeting times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). If completing the program in a different time zone, please make sure to account for the time difference. The program schedule is subject to change.

If you have any questions about the program's schedule, you may contact

View the required equipment kit guide: PDF EQUIPMENT KIT GUIDE

Equipment Kit

The Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute was carefully designed with an essential equipment kit. Students must acquire this specific equipment in order to participate in the program. The cost of this kit is not included in the program fee. This kit includes all of the elements a student will need to successfully complete all exercises and projects for the program. Previous students have continued to use their equipment kits for projects after the conclusion of the program.

View the required equipment kit guide: PDF EQUIPMENT KIT GUIDE

What Past Students Have to Say About Their Equipment Kits!

“My equipment package was incredible. At the time, I, of course, had never seen some of this stuff before, but I was able to work very closely with everyone in the program and learn slate, tripod, lenses, lights…” “The equipment that we got was really great. It was so much stuff and I even used it afterwards… for short films, photography… and in the program it allowed for so much creativity. Lights, gels, gimbals, tripods - it was just unbelievable…”

“Receiving my filmmaking equipment was honestly one of my favorite things about the program. I loved everything I got, but I especially loved my production slate. I always wanted to learn how to use one of these and I finally got to.”



  • Smartphone with video recording capability. Phone storage must have a minimum of 5GB available. Students will need to purchase and download Filmic Pro: Cinema Quality Video Capture smartphone app ($14.99). You can find more info at
  • You will need a computer with the following:
    • Microphone (built-in to your computer or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth) webcam (one which is built-in to your computer or one that connects to your computer via USB).
    • Minimum 500GB Storage Capacity
    • Internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE). Minimum bandwidth is 600kbps (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down).
    • Students will need access to an Adobe Creative Cloud all apps license. UCLA will provide free temporary access to the necessary CC product license(s) for students that do not already have an existing subscription. All enrolled students will receive additional details closer to the start date of the program.

External Hard Drive

An External Hard Drive is recommended, but not required

  • 7200 RPM External Hard Drive or Solid State Drive (SSD) External Hard Drive w/ minimum 500GB Storage Capacity Connectivity/Interface: USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt 2

Examples of acceptable drives:

  • Samsung T5 Portable SSD - 500GB - USB 3.1 External SSD (MU-PA500B/AM)
  • G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev RaW USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Rugged Bumper

USB Flash drive

  • USB Flash drives (4GB or 8GB) are recommended but not required.

*Required and Recommended Supply Lists will be sent out to enrolled students as part of their welcome packet after registration and acceptance to the program.

Faculty and Instructors


Instructors for the UCLA Film and Television Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute are UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media faculty.



Participants of the Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute will be awarded 3 units of credit in the form of a letter grade after the successful completion of the program.

As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. Grades A, B, C, and D may be modified by a plus or minus suffix.

For more information on grades, visit the Registrar's website.

Credits / Units

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.


The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. It lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order.

Ordering a transcript can be done online through MyUCLA. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form.

Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.

NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.










Program Dates

JUNE 18 - JULY 3, 2021

JULY 7 - JULY 22, 2021

JULY 26 - AUGUST 10, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JUNE 18 - JULY 3: Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute (A)

JULY 7-22: Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute (B)

JULY 26 - AUGUST 10: Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute (C)

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.