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FILM TV 702.3
An intimate conversation with legendary talent agent and founder/former Chairman and CEO of Abrams Artists Agency. Mr. Abrams will break down the role of a talent agent and discuss his iconic career in entertainment.
Learn the elements and stages to producing films outside of the U.S. Topics include: film commissions, financing, locations and climate, facilities, budgets, unions and working practices, co-production treaties, and local partners and distributors.
MUSC X 446.2
Learn the functions of the A&R professional, including the collective effort needed from all departments—artist and label—in the creation of recorded music in all formats, from inception to acquisition and release.
Format: Remote Instruction
Understand the basic fundamentals of acting including the physical and mental preparation that enable you to successfully perform exercises and group work.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 407.45
Explore basic concepts of the Meisner approach to acting with a focus on creating and living in imaginary circumstances.
Format: Remote Instruction
Learn the technical and emotional adjustments required for working in front of the camera in a relaxed and truthful way and developing intimacy with the camera.
Format: Remote Instruction
Enhance your screen acting skills with the second course on acting for the camera. Dive deeper into the nuances of on-camera techniques by practicing performances from TV scripts and learning about blocking and continuity.
Format: Remote Instruction
THEATER X 406.51
Primarily for nonactors (as well as beginning actors), use professional acting techniques in a supportive environment. Experience the unfolding of your full potential for self-expression and personal presentation.
FILM TV X 477.85
Introduce yourself to Adobe After Effects and learn to produce projects similar to those found in the real entertainment media world of digital effects and animation.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 477.851
Discover how to bring animated stories to life by exploring professional animation tools using Adobe Creative Cloud and applying those tools to assemble your own video story.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 498
Immerse yourself into the creative and logistical process of scoring a film from finding your own musical aesthetic to the practicalities of collaborating with others in the scoring process.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.12B
In this capstone course of the Directing Certificate Program, improve your filmmaking skills through the creation of a short film that is screened for an invited audience after the end of the course.
Format: Hybrid
FILM TV X 478.27C
Master the practicalities of lighting using key tools available to a cinematographer.
MUSC X 483.2
This course further explores the unique evocative capabilities of each musical instrument and examines their applications in regard to scoring to picture, considered from both the composer's and orchestrator's perspective.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 482.8
Through weekly in-depth film score analyses, aspiring film composers, producers, and directors gain an understanding of what makes an effective and memorable film score and how it is assembled.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC 702.2
A one-time seminar that surveys and analyzes great moments in cinematic film scoring, from classic movies to current trends.
MUSC X 441.3
Specifically tailored to independent artists, this course presents a practical and effective introduction to the theory, art, and craft of sound recording.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 479.302
Gain experience and expertise with each of the principal camera formats in use for productions today.
Format: Online
MUSC X 482.3
This seminar is for film composers, filmmakers, and others interested in the subtle art of film scoring. During the seminar we will examine the crucial contribution music makes to narrative and emotional expression in film.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.086
Explore emerging trends and business practices in the new media landscape and learn to evaluate the strategies needed to create successful user-based content in this surging market.
Learn how to create a public face and promotional platform for your creative content using relevant video platforms, social media, and available website creation tools. The goal is to create an individual presentation plan.
Format: Online
FILM TV 701.4
This seminar is ideal for anyone who is considering purchasing a camera while studying filmmaking. There will be a Q&A, so attendees can have their questions answered about the best camera for their specific situations.
MUSC X 485
Learn the aspects of scoring for animation including musical jokes, quick changes in style, and mood in wall-to-wall score by following broad schools of animation: story driven, action-oriented animation, and hip and quirky.
MUSC X 478.52
Through weekly writing assignments and audio-visual demonstrations, you gain an understanding of the composition techniques, organization, and delivery formats unique to the video game industry.
Format: Remote Instruction
MGMT X 448.84
A general overview of intellectual property rights with a focus on copyright law and its role in the film, music, and digital online industries, including such related areas as celebrity endorsements and branding.
Format: Online
MUSC X 404.4
Of interest to beginners as well as more experienced songwriters, this course offers a supportive and inspirational writing workshop environment focusing on three interrelated aspects of songwriting: form, theme, and content.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 440
Through intensive, hands-on, real-world classes, learn the ins-and-outs of the creative side of music production from performing to producing.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 441.5
Explore the full potential of creating music using professional sound equipment to obtain industry standard clarity, as well as learning how to craft compelling artist performances and recording using software.
Understand the various reality/non-fiction TV formats and prepare to conceptualize your own reality series for various television outlets including network, syndication, cable, and Internet.
MUSC 702.1
A panel discussion with film composers about the a state of the film scoring industry with an eye toward the future
In this workshop you will learn how to effectively audition and interview for roles. You will learn how to perform for cameras, make instinctive and better choices, confront audition fears, and create trust in the audition.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.243
Learn the development process for short films with a focus on developing a short film treatment. At the end of the course you will have honed your idea and have a final short script or treatment ready for shooting.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.432
This deep-dive into the various stages of development, production, and distribution for unscripted television will help you develop an idea into a project that is ready to pitch. 
Format: Hybrid
FILM TV X 475.44
Learn to recognize and apply the directorial skills for a successful artistic collaboration with performers. You will select one dramatic and one comic scene then cast, rehearse, and present the scenes in class.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.95
As the first hands-on course in the directing series, you complete four short films using your own video camera. Instruction focuses on the basic building blocks of narrative filmmaking
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.95B
In the second part of the Directing Workshop series, participants complete short narrative films using their own digital video camera, focusing on essential elements of dramatic structure and character development.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 448.80
Learn the exhaustive process of DIY music sales and promotion from developing your brand and identifying your vision all the way to promotions and publicity while creating your own customized, low-budget marketing plan.
Format: Hybrid
FILM TV X 478.481
In this course, you focus on the creative aspects of writing, directing, and shooting documentaries in this ever-growing, multi-platform entertainment marketplace through lectures, discussions, and practical exercises.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.311
Starting at an easy to follow introductory level, this hands-on course will guide you through even the most advanced features of this professional editing software.
Format: Online
MUSC X 401.5
Designed for both musicians and lyricists, this hands-on introduction to the craft of songwriting focuses on collaboration and teaches a step-by-step method for writing a professional-quality song.
Format: Remote Instruction
MGMT X 403.34
This course covers the financial aspects of each step of the motion picture value chain (from development through profit participation) and considers the implications of financial choices.
Format: Online
The Entertainment Studies Certificate Student Orientation is a resource for all new certificate students.  It will include a live orientation, recordings and other resources for you to access throughout the quarter. 
Format: Information Session
FILM TV 705.1
Learn about how Entertainment Studies can help you achieve your creative and professional goals in this informative and interactive session.
MUSC X 451
Learn exciting, new strategies to successfully launch your independent music career through establishing your brand, monetizing your efforts, harnessing the power of the internet, and building your fan base.
Format: Remote Instruction | Hybrid
MUSC X 483.1
Learn to compose an effective film score on a limited budget using both MIDI pre-records and live professional musicians.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 499.2
Gain firsthand experience in the entertainment industry through an internship in your chosen field. Only candidates in certificate programs are eligible for internship credit.
Format: Independent Study/Internship
MUSC X 498.3
Learn the fundamentals of conducting from a professional film and concert conductor with practice focusing on baton technique, cueing, and other aspects. Work with live professional musicians to practice skills learned.
MUSC X 403.52
Introduce yourself to the power and nuance of harmony, study its use in classical symphonies, gain a foundational understanding of harmony, and create your own compositions emulating the harmonic lessons learned.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 403.53
Deepen your understanding of harmony with an exploration of contemporary music starting with the French Impressionists of the 19th century and ending with current composers. In this course, you will create your own compositions informed by the lessons learned from great composers.
THEATER X 407.78
Gain experiential understanding of improvisational acting and develop a strong improvisational perspective essential to scripted work through theater games and improvising scenes.
Format: Remote Instruction
MGMT X 403.33
Gain an understanding of a wide variety of financial models for funding an entertainment project, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 499.5
This independent study option offers students the opportunity to work on their own film projects with the mentorship of a UCLA Extension instructor. This program is available upon discussion with an Entertainment Studies student advisor . 
THEATER X 407.42
Learn the historic Stanislavski acting method combining the physical and emotional spheres to build an authentic character and true inner life, as well as how this method becomes the basis of many other acting techniques.
Format: Remote Instruction
Learn the art of selling your project to studios, production and sales companies, indie distributors and the like through understanding how buyers, known as acquisitions execs, evaluate the "worth" of your project.
MUSC X 483.43
Explore why musical instruments sound as they do, how their sound is produced, and the rudiments of combining those sounds together by learning the scoring techniques for each orchestral family.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 477.84
Begin your path to mastering Adobe Premiere, an industry standard editing software used for feature films, music videos, and docs. Learn critical editing techniques such as compositing tilting, motion graphics, and more.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 478.27A
An introduction to the fundamental tools and principles used by the cinematographer to create digital or film images generated from the context of the story.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.37
Find out how to translate your behind-the-camera film directorial skills to the world of TV, with insight into the landscape of cable and network television and the entire process of directing an episode.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.894
Discover the multifaceted world of feature film development from positions of executives and readers, to tracking talent and networking, as well as analyzing/reading scripts, coverage, and developing your own pitches/ideas.
Format: Online
MUSC X 480
Introduce yourself to the industry standard music producing software Logic Pro. Logic Pro combines composition, notation, and audio production facilities. Learn the process of creating a song from recording to mixing.
Format: Online
MUSC X 479.12
Learn the foundational skills and working knowledge needed to use Pro Tools. Learn how to start your own projects or interface with others using Pro Tools. This course is ideal for those who are just beginning with Pro Tools.
Format: Online
FILM TV 702.2
Explore job searching in the independent film business in this practical seminar that delves into the current state of the industry and highlights the skills needed to secure your next job and build your dream career.
MGMT X 403.01
Explore key legal principles and contractual relationships within film and television. Develop a core understanding of subjects including idea protection, copyright, defamation, privacy, and the right of publicity.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
MUSC X 448.35
Discover how to monetize and maintain revenue in the music industry, no matter what your role may be, by exploring copyrights, streaming services, social networks, the nature of talent/business agreements, and much more.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV 702.4
This seminar is designed to help content creators and producers develop creative and practical solutions to promote greater diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the entertainment industry. Historical context and current initiatives are examined. 
FILM TV X 478.283
Gain a stronger sense of lighting and its impact in motion pictures through lectures, workshops, and assignments. Discover different lighting styles and techniques, specifically tailoring them to story and emotional impact.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.6
Learn techniques and theories examining all phases of the low-budget filmmaking process, from development to production to post-production, and how to translate a minimum budget into maximum quality on screen.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.39
Understand the steps for creating your first successful short film, whether you are an aspiring director, writer, or producer. Learn the process, from pre-production all the way to post, followed by film screenings and more.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 415.3
Develop your artistic identity, stage presence, and signature sound. Single yourself out as a performer, artist, and songwriter by developing a unique presence in today's entertainment industry.
FILM TV X 475.22
In the powerful world of short-form documentary, discover how to bring to light meaningful stories on many different platforms through lectures, discussions with guest speakers, and the completion of your own short-form doc.
MGMT X 476.99
Learn the global strategies and platforms necessary to successfully profit from a film such as branding your property effectively, distribution procedures, and the power of cutting-edge social media outreach and research.
Format: Remote Instruction
MGMT X 403.61
Learn how to find domestic and overseas distribution for theatrical, television, DVD, and alternative markets by gaining knowledge on how to craft a distribution strategy from the earliest stages of project development.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 479.088
Delve into the industry standard producing software Movie Magic and explore how to effectively create real production budgets, schedules, and other organizational procedures necessary for physical production
Format: Remote Instruction | Online
MUSC X 499
Gain firsthand experience in the music industry through an internship in your chosen field. Only candidates in certificate programs are eligible for internship credit.
Format: Independent Study/Internship
MUSC X 449.2
Learn how to turn talent and popularity into revenue through different kinds of licensing rights, how licensing applies to the music industry, negotiating strategies, and more.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 448.81
Learn the basics of music publishing through a multi-platform course that covers everything from effective songs, marketing, copyright and protecting your money, and pitching your music to the entertainment industry at large.
Format: Online
MUSC X 448.17
Understand the world of music publishing for businesses and personal managers. This course gives you a basic understanding of copyright law, songwriting agreements, and more through lectures, discussions, and guest speakers.
MUSC X 484.31
Interested in the business and art of film and television music? Learn exactly what a music supervisor does by drawing on the combined resources of the film and television communities to marry music and moving images.
Format: Remote Instruction
For those considering the lucrative field of TV commercials, or those simply seeking to improve communication skills, this course teaches auditioning, recording exercises, and other ways to improve form.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 407.51
Polish your ability to define your creative vision, communicate who you are, and present your work with precision, clarity, and lasting impact. This workshop is appropriate for actors, directors, writers, and anyone striving to pitch their story.
Format: Remote Instruction
Non-native speakers of American English hone their craft and learn to perform credibly in mainstream America to achieve a seamless accent shift without calling attention to itself or get in the way of the acting.
Format: Remote Instruction
Emphasizing how new technologies continue to impact post-production, this course examines the post-production process for film and television. May include guest speakers.
Format: Remote Instruction | Online
This survey course presents an overview of the real-world aspects of producing as practiced in the various sectors of filmed entertainment from script development through pre-production and production.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
FILM TV 701.3
Explore how to navigate the auditioning process in today’s online casting environment by learning how to assemble a self-produced audition tape or conduct a live virtual audition. 
From concept to completion, learn to produce commercials for TV as well as for all integrated marketing platforms (video games, cinema, Internet, TV, and cell phones).
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.733
Explore the stylistic and narrative, as well as technical and business approaches to successful documentary filmmaking from inception to distribution, and create your own project proposal based on the strategies learned.
Format: Remote Instruction
MGMT X 404.2
Learn what it takes to handle all the financial controls of a film and television production including setting up accounts and purchase orders, accurate reporting of finances, and knowledge of signatory guilds and unions.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.271
Find out how to understand and utilize the nuances of sound design from production to post-production including equipment instructing, listening demonstrations, microphone characteristics, editing/mixing, and more.
Format: Hybrid
MUSC X 409.8
In this workshop, songwriters seek to hone their craft through support and critique as each class is divided in two parts: the first section devoted to critiquing student compositions and the second to lectures and discourse.
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the tools needed to excel in TV and radio commercials, animation, narration for documentaries, and other areas of voice-over work.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 484.931
Learn how to develop and fine-tune your musical skills for scoring TV commercials with weekly assignments, discussions, and critiques. Finish this course with a successful body of work to be put on your reel or website.
MUSC X 449.41
Geared towards film composers, this course teaches you the basics of recording, mixing, and editing in the modern DAW environment.
Format: Hybrid
MUSC X 483.3
Gain an understanding, and learn to emulate, current compositional techniques and their enhanced possibilities of expression. Learn to sound like a contemporary composer, as many professionals are asked to do on assignment.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.395
Your smartphone camera can produce film-quality video content. Suitable for aspiring filmmakers, entrepreneurs, storytellers, social media content creators, this workshop shows you how to work with ambient light to capture film-quality video, and use it in your production.
Format: Remote Instruction
MGMT X 402.32
A practical primer on starting a business, staying in business, and thriving, whether in motion pictures, television, or another entertainment industry venture.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.22
Comprehensive overview of story analysis and the tools used by the professional reader. Throughout the course, you learn and practice coverage skills while gaining an understanding of the elements of story.
Format: Remote Instruction | Online
FILM TV X 476.244
Producers, development executives, directors, and writers gain practical experience adapting and developing their own stories for motion pictures, movies-of-the-week, and miniseries.
Format: Remote Instruction | Online
FILM TV X 479.482
Delve into the world of television development and learn how to successfully grow your idea into a full-formed pitch that is ready to sell. This class will focus on assessing the TV marketplace and crafting your pitch.
Format: Remote Instruction
This workshop is designed for producers, development executives, and writers seeking to understand all the elements that go into an original series proposal for television from the original idea to a completed pitch.
Gain acting tools and techniques to help you create true-to-life characters with emotional depth in this workshop, by learning how to draw emotional material from tools that are both external and internal to the actor.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.022
Understand how to produce a film from buying/development all the way to release/marketing, including each stage of development, their affect on the other stages, and how the producer is conducive of their interdependency.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 479.613
Explore the aesthetics and craftsmanship necessary to edit film successfully including the artistry of editing performance, pacing, action, and continuity through extensive study and practice with editing systems
Format: Remote Instruction | Online
MUSC X 449.91
Learn to bring your electronic realizations of your demos and scores to more vivid life through take-home assignments, and learn to produce sample-based cues that sound more musical and realistic.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 448.14B
Learn the art and craft of mixing music as it applies to the many creative and technical considerations involved in "mixing" by exploring a new genre of music each week that is mixed from start to finish.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 403.51
This course is designed for all those who wish to develop a foundation in the craft of composition regardless of stylistic differences through the study of counterpoint.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.13A
Gain an understanding of the boots-on-the-ground work of physical production through the various tasks of a line producer such as creating a budget, location scouting, hiring crew, and everything in between.
Format: Online
MGMT X 403.31
This introductory course examines the changing business issues associated with the entertainment industry through lectures, discussions with industry guests, and case studies.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 448.171
Focusing on the vital business skills needed to build and maintain your career as a film and television composer, this course features comprehensive coverage of current business and financial practices in the industry.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.282
 Master the application of the principles and techniques of cinematography in this capstone course by executing short film assignments as well as through lectures, discussions, and hands-on workshops that test your creativity and adaptability.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.9
This overview course gives the aspiring director a comprehensive practical understanding of the film director's craft—the language, grammar, and tools of the medium from the first script reading to post-production.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 447.31
Discover all that it takes to be a successful music manager from finding out what exactly they do, to avoiding management pitfalls, and understanding how managers work in the independent and digital space.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.581
Learn the many components of film language used by great directors to tell their stories in the most effective way. Analyze shooting and editing techniques employed by the best filmmakers of all time.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
MUSC X 448.6
An overview of the role of the record producer and their responsibility through all the stages of making a record: pre-production, recording, overdubs, editing, mixing, and mastering.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 478.301
Discover the changing, necessary role of the Digital Imaging Technician (DIT), how crucial it is in helping the director of photography, and the growing entry-level opportunities for every kind of production.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 438.40
This interactive course provides you with career strategies that help generate audition opportunities and skills that can increase your ability to book the job.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 448.86
Understand the business and mechanics of the concert touring industry with insights into planning shows, acquiring revenue through ticket sales and merchandising, and maximizing profits through marketing and promotion.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV X 476.242
Focus on story components that make for a good movie. Identify the various film genres and how style, form, content, mood, camera work, lighting, and pacing work together to deliver a satisfying cinematic experience.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 478.27B
Advance your skills as a cinematographer with this hands-on course. Learn pre and on-set visualization with a particular emphasis on digital exposure, composition and framing. Weekly exercises and workshops will help to enhance your skills.
Format: Hybrid
THEATER X 422.12
This holistic approach to movement, voice, and speech aims at liberating and enhancing the performer's natural capacity for moving, sounding, and speaking as applied to performance on camera.
Format: Remote Instruction
MUSC X 483.12
This comprehensive workshop in writing music for the string family takes a thorough look at the contemporary and historical use of the strings in both film and concert music composition.
Format: Remote Instruction
FILM TV 702.1
In this seminar, learn tips on what works on-camera so that you are free to hold your meeting, audition, pitch or job interview with full confidence and without distraction. Gain tools to effectively present yourself seemingly effortlessly.
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