Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute



Session A - Residential ONLY
Check-in: Sunday, July 8, 2018, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
Program End: Friday, July 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

Session B - Residential ONLY
Check-in: Sunday, July 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
Program End: Friday, August 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM (PDT)


The UCLA Film & Television Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute gives high school students from across the country and around the globe an unparalleled opportunity to study filmmaking at one of the most prestigious film schools in the world. The Digital Filmmaking program is designed for talented and highly motivated rising juniors and seniors. This program is a two-week, intensive production workshop. Students are immersed in the creativity and technique of cinematic storytelling and challenged to create entertaining narrative projects.

  • The program curriculum consists of a combination of lectures, practical camera exercises, and post production labs
  • All films will be screened in a state-of-the-art theater during the certificate ceremony at the end of the workshop. Friends and family are welcome!
  • Students work with the latest editing software and high-definition cameras
  • This workshop carries two units of UCLA college credit
  • Program activities include film screenings and a visit to a Hollywood Studio

This is an intensive immersion experience for beginning and intermediate filmmakers designed to form a basic understanding of the aesthetic, creative, and logistical decisions involved in making a film. Previous experience in digital filmmaking is not required. Before enrolling in the program, please review the curriculum and course schedule and be aware of the rigorous time commitment and course workload involved.

The UCLA Film & Television Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute shapes the filmmakers of tomorrow right in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world.


To apply for the Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Enrolled in grades 10th – 12th during Spring 2018

Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not apply and should consider other summer opportunities.

The Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute is by instructor consent only. To participate, you must apply and receive acceptance into the program.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete the following:

  • Responses to the following essay prompts:
    • Why you would like to participate in the program, and what you expect to gain from the experience. 150-200 words.
    • What prior experience, if any, in digital filmmaking? Include both academic coursework and extracurricular activities. Previous experience in digital filmmaking is not a requirement.
    • Filmmaking requires creative collaboration at every stage. What qualifications do you have that make you a good collaborator?
  • Two letters of recommendation from high school instructors verifying your ability to successfully participate in a disciplined and rigorous program.

Students will be notified within 2 weeks of an acceptance decision.

NOTE: Students should compose the statement of purpose before beginning the online registration process. There will be text fields on the online registration form of which the response text can be copied.

Application for the Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute can be done conveniently online using the steps below.

  1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration”.
  2. Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
  3. Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form, including your statement of purpose (see Application Requirements above for more information)
  4. Submit your registration form.
  5. Once your form is submitted, you will be directed to the Retrieve Registration page. Select “File Uploads” to upload your letters of recommendation or have your recommender send their letter to along with your five-digit registration number (see Application Requirements above for more information)
  6. Allow up to 2 weeks for the program instructor(s) to review your application. An email will be sent to you with the official decision.
  7. If accepted to the program, follow the steps in your acceptance email to make payment of the non-refundable deposit ($150 for domestic students, $400 for international students) and reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable deposit* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if the program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account.

If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.

Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

  1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
  2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.

Many changes and additions can be made using retrieve registration including: Payment submission of the non-refundable deposit

  • Uploading required documents
  • Dropping a current program
  • Adding a second program
  • Switching to a new program


The UCLA Student Code of Conduct has been developed to maintain a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus community that engages students in order to foster their academic success, personal growth and responsible citizenship. Therefore you are expected to conduct yourself in a manner which demonstrates respect for yourself, your fellow Summer Sessions students, UCLA's faculty members, and members of the local community.

Behavior governed by the UCLA Student Code of Conduct includes:

  • Academic honesty
  • Treatment of others
  • Health and safety
  • Use of resources
  • Use of alcohol and controlled substances

UCLA’s reputation for academic excellence and institutional integrity is among the most valued assets; as such, academic integrity is of paramount importance and UCLA does all within its power to maintain its standards.

During the summer, matriculated UCLA students and visiting students alike are members of our diverse and inclusive True Bruin community. For more information on the student code of conduct, please visit the Dean of Students' website.

Program Dates

JULY 8 - JULY 20, 2018

JULY 22 - AUGUST 3, 2018

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Summer Institutes Registration Opens

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

MAY 1: Full Payment via MyUCLA due for Precollege Summer Institutes

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline for Precollege Summer Institutes

JULY 8-20: Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute (A)

JULY 22 - AUGUST 3: Digital Filmmaking Summer Institute (B)