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Entertainment Studies

From development to cinematography, this certificate will help you discover the ins and outs of the entertainment industry.

This program is perfect for...

  • Individuals pursuing a career in the entertainment industry
  • Filmmakers
  • Entertainment professionals looking to expand their expertise in acting, directing, cinematography, development, and producing
  • Individuals with a passion for the entertainment industry

What you can learn.

  • Entertainment business principles
  • Pre-production, production, and post-production processes
  • Filmmaking fundamentals
  • Elements of acting, cinematography, directing, development, and producing
Entertainment Studies

About this certificate.

The Entertainment Studies Certificate is designed for those who are interested in exploring careers as filmmakers and content creators in all sectors of the industry.

This program is ideal for students who possess a passion for entertainment and prefer to shape their own program from a wide variety of areas, including acting, directing, and producing.

What our students say about our certificates.

What this certificate has done for our students.

100%

found a new or better position after completing the program

90%

feel they made valuable connections with classmates

100%

switched careers after completing the certificate program

89%

recommend the certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey

Courses

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

Required Courses
FILM TV X 404
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 404A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 403.31
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.581
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Acting
Students must complete 1 course (4 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Acting.
Cinematography
Students must complete 1 course (4 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Cinematography.
Directing
Students must complete 1 course (4 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Directing.
Development
Students must complete 1 course (4 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Film and TV Development.
Producing
Students must complete 1 course (4 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Producing.
Elective Courses
Complete 3 electives (12 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Film and TV, Screenwriting, or Music. Below is a list of suggested electives.
Suggested Electives
MGMT X 403.01
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 403.61
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 448.35
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MGMT X 403.34
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 479.613
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 477.84
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 478.9
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 478.13A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 499.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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The program is open for enrollment in any quarter for both domestic and international students (F-1 student visa).

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

200.00

Estimated Program Tuition

8400.00

Estimated program textbook/materials

550.00

*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 the entertainment industry 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.

Learn more about our Film and TV Internship or Music Industry Internship.

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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