Take your performance, improvisation and auditioning skills to the next level.

This program is perfect for...

  • Aspiring actors pursuing careers in film, television, commercials or digital media
  • Working actors interested in honing their craft, learning new skills and expanding their network

What you can learn.

  • Perform naturally in front of the camera, individually and as part of an ensemble
  • Study improvisation, voice and movement techniques developed by established acting instructors
  • Develop on-camera techniques in scene study using scripts from TV series, sitcoms and films
  • Discuss career strategies for generating audition opportunities and learn skills for increasing your ability to book jobs

Study acting for the big and small screen.

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The UCLA Extension Acting Certificate program is designed for those pursuing careers in film, television, commercials and digital media. In addition to taking foundational courses, students will hone their performance, auditioning and improvisation skills under the guidance of acting professionals. The program allows ample opportunities for performing in front of the camera and learning practical business skills necessary for succeeding in the industry.

Duration: 1 year (Full-Time pace) to 3 years
Format: In-Person
Unit Requirement: 48
GPA Requirement: minimum 3.0 for certificate completion



Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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THEATER X 422.12
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
THEATER X 407.78
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
FILM TV X 438.40
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Workshop Requirement
Select 1 workshop course from the list below.
FILM TV X 407.45
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
THEATER X 407.42
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
Elective Courses

Complete 2 electives (8 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Film & TV, or from the list of suggested electives below. 

Suggested Electives
Typically Offered: Summer
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MUSC X 415.3
Typically Offered: Winter
FILM TV X 476.95
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 475.44
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 404.4
Typically Offered: Spring
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

An internship in film and television can provide you with practical experience in a variety of job functions. Certificate students must complete a minimum of 12 units of program curriculum (3 courses) before completing the application for approval to enroll in an internship.

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This certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

Students participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below. Any international student interested in taking classes on UCLA’s main campus must adhere to the English Requirements outlined for UCLA courses.

Acceptable tests and minimum scores

Scores that are equal to or higher than the listed minimum scores from the following tests, taken within the past two years, can satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CAE: B (CEFR C1)
  • CPE: C (CEFR C2)
  • TOEIC: 685
  • DUOLINGO (DET): 105

While no other type of test score is accepted in general, students who are affected by test center closures may request an exception to submit an alternate test score.

International Baccalaureates (IB) students or students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment from their school as proof of English proficiency.

Learn more:

International Students: How to Apply

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

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