Film and TV Development

The Film and TV Development Certificate program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and sell film and television ideas.

This program is perfect for...

  • Individuals seeking creative producer jobs in film and television
  • Learners interested in entertainment development positions
  • Professionals pursuing careers as entertainment acquisition executives
  • Entertainment industry insiders looking to expand their expertise in development

What you can learn.

  • The development cycle and how it affects the production of content
  • How to develop compelling stories
  • How to write coverage
  • How to make a project attractive to potential buyers

Prepare for a career in development for film and TV.

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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.

Throughout this certificate, you will learn specific skills that can prepare you for entry-level positions in the industry. You will gain an understanding of how to write coverage, develop compelling stories, and make a project attractive to potential buyers.

Duration: 1 year (full-time pace) to 3 years
Unit Requirement: 48
GPA Requirement: minimum 3.0 for certificate completion

What our students say about our certificates.

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey


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

Required Courses
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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
MGMT X 403.61
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.22
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.242
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
FILM TV X 476.244
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.894
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
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
FILM TV X 476.243
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 403.01
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 476.99
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 403.34
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Winter
MGMT X 402.32
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 499.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


The following course should be completed within the first 2 quarters of study:

  • FILM TV X 404 Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television

The following courses should be taken prior to X 476.244 Story Development Workshop: Crafting Your Original Story.

  • FILM TV X 476.22 Story Analysis for Film and Television
  • FILM TV X 476.894 Introduction to Feature Film Development

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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