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Film and Television Summer Institute – TV Writing

Learn how to identify and capture the tone, characters, dialogue, and themes that make your story unique

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Mirror the practice of professional writers to develop original series concepts.

The UCLA Film and Television Summer Institute – TV Writing introduces students to writing for television in Hollywood. This track mirrors the practice of professional writers in the world of episodic television and digital media by teaching students how to develop original series concepts and how to navigate the contemporary marketplace in a classroom environment that imitates the practices of a writers’ room. Under the guidance of a professional TV writer, students learn how to identify and capture the tone, characters, dialogue, and themes that make their story unique.

Participants will select one of the following two specializations:

  • Introduction to TV Writing; OR
  • Intermediate TV Writing for One-Hour Drama/Dramedy

Students at the introductory level write a series document, pilot outline, and the first act of the pilot script. Intermediate Drama/Dramedy level students outline and write the first draft of an original pilot, and develop the series outline as a pitch document. Students in the Drama/Dramedy track should not expect this to be a polished first draft, but will leave with the feedback and tools to further revise this into a fully-realized pilot for their portfolios and careers.

At the conclusion of the program, Introduction and Intermediate Drama/Dramedy TV Writing students pitch their TV show ideas to television professionals in the industry for feedback and notes.

Fees and Payment Info

The fee for a summer course is calculated based on the unit value the course carries. In addition to the course fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. Below is a summary of fees that apply to all UCLA students (both in-state and out-of-state).

For a complete description of fees including payment instructions, refunds, delinquency and financial aid, visit the fees, payment and financial aid section.

Program Fee TBD
Registration Fee $150
IEI Fee $61

Meet your instructors

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