UCLA Extension

Film & TV Development


The Film and TV Development Certificate is ideal for those interested in becoming development or acquisitions executives and creative producers in the Film and TV industry. After taking a series of 4 foundation courses students learn specific skills that can prepare them for entry-level positions in the industry. They gain an understanding of how to write coverage, develop compelling stories, and make a project attractive to potential buyers.

Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Program Tuition: $8,940
Estimated Cost of Textbook/Materials: $550
Duration: 1 year (Full-Time pace) to 3 years
Unit Requirement: 48
Minimum GPA Requirement for Certificate Completion: 3.0

*This program is open admission. The Application & Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in a certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you access to a variety of program benefits.

The program is open for enrollment in any quarter for both domestic and F-1 Visa students.

To apply for and establish your candidacy in the Film and TV Development Certificate click here!

Course scheduling and fees subject to change without notice.

Please note that required courses will only count once toward the overall unit requirement for the certificate program.

Click on a selection from the right navigation menu for complete program requirements and quarter by quarter enrollment recommendations.

Program at a Glance

4 Foundation Courses (16 units)

Course No. | Title Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
FILM TV X 404 Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television + 4 R/O/I I/O R/O/I/H(I) R/O/I
FILM TV X 404A Post-Production for Film and Television 4 I/O I/R/O R/O/I O/H(I)
MGMT X 403.31 The Business of Entertainment 4 R/O/I I/R/O R/O/I O/H(I)/R
FILM TV X 476.581 The Language of Filmmaking 4 R/O/I I/O R/O/I I/O

5 Required Development Courses (20 units)

MGMT X 403.61 Marketing and Distributing Independent Films Across All Platforms 4 I/O O I/O O
FILM TV X 476.22 Story Analysis for Film and Television * 4 I/O I/O I/O I/O
FILM TV X 476.242 Understanding Genre: How to Develop a Hollywood Classic 4 I/O I/O
FILM TV X 476.244 Story Development Workshop: Crafting Your Original Story 4 I/O I/O I/O I/O
FILM TV X 476.894 Introduction to Feature Film Development * 4 O O

Select 3 Electives (12 units)

Students must complete 3 electives (12 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Film & TV Development, Producing, Business & Management of Entertainment, Post-Production, Acting, Cinematography, Directing, Writers’ Program/Screenwriting, or Music. New electives are added regularly.

FILM TV X 479.482 Television Development: From Idea to Small Screen 4 R R
FILM TV X 476.243 Developing Your Short Film 4 I/R I/R I/R I/R
MGMT X 403.01 Legal Primer for the Entertainment Business 4 I/R H(I)/O I/O R/O
MGMT X 476.99 Marketing Entertainment: Strategies for the Global Marketplace 4 O O O
MGMT X 403.34 Entertainment Financing: From First $ to Distribution of Profits 4 I/O O O/H(I) O/H(I)
FILM TV X 431 A World of International Filmmaking 4 H(I)
FILM TV X 439 Inside the World of Film Acquisitions: How to Sell Your Project to Hollywood 4 I
MGMT X 402.32 Starting Your Own Entertainment Production Company 4 R I
FILM TV X 499.2 Film and Television Internship 4 R/O/I R/O/I R/O/I R/O/I

+ Should be completed within the first 2 quarters of study.

* Should be taken prior to X 476.244 Story Development Workshop: Crafting Your Original Story.

Chart Legend: I = In-Person | R = Remote | O = Online | H (I/R) = Hybrid (In-Person/Remote)