This program offers screenwriting students a focused and results-oriented course of study in which they write 2-3 television spec scripts, either in the hour drama or half-hour comedy format. Certificate students increase their exposure and industry connections and are eligible for perks such as a full-scale screenplay consultation (page limits apply). Courses are taught by instructors who are produced writers or entertainment professionals possessing significant related experience and most are Writers Guild of America (WGA) members. Required courses may be waived upon department approval; however, certificate students must still complete six Writers' Program courses. Please contact the program advisor for further details.

This certificate program can be completed entirely online, onsite or a combination of both.  Intermediate or advanced level track is also available for those who meet certain requirements.  Please contact an advisor for more details. 

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Students must complete a total of 18 units from the Writers' Program and earn a 2.0 in each course in order to fulfill requirements. The pass/no pass option is not allowed.


  • Receive advance notice of upcoming Writers' Program courses and enroll before the general public each quarter
  • Get valuable feedback through a 1-on-1 script consultation with a Writers’ Program instructor after completion of coursework (value up to $775)
  • Save money on application fees when entering the UCLA Extension Feature Film or Television Writing competitions
  • Receive preferential placement on wait lists
  • Free membership in the UCLA Alumni Association, plus discounts on future Extension courses
  • Qualify for a Bruin Card* which can be used as a student ID for discounted movie tickets and bus passes and as a fee-free debit card at various locations on campus and in Westwood Village
  • Enjoy recreation* and library privileges on the UCLA campus
  • Participate in an Extension-wide graduation ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall and receive a gold-seal certificate

*Nominal fee required

Estimated Cost:
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $3,906.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $200.00
Estimated Total Cost: $4,306.00

Cost estimates do not include incidental costs such as parking fees or copying fees. In some cases, a book may be required.

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

Additional Details:
Valid quarter starts for half-time study: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 4 quarters
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: No
VA Approved?: Yes
Internships Available: No
Federal Financial Aid Available: No

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Certificate in Television Writing


Minimum Required

6 academic units in Television Writing from the Writers' Program; one of which must be an intermediate or advanced level course. Students can repeat defined first and second requirement, if desired.

Minimum Required

In addition to the courses above, students must complete an additional 6 units from Feature Film Writing or Television Writing. Courses in Entertainment Studies are not eligible.