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    School of Theater, Film, and Television

School Requirements

 

The School of Theater, Film, and Television has seven requirements that must be satisfied for the award of the degree.

Unit Requirement

Students must satisfactorily complete for credit a minimum of 180 units for the bachelor’s degree. At least 64 of the 180 units must be upper-division courses numbered 100 through 199. A maximum of 216 units is permitted. Students with Advanced Placement Examination of International Baccalaureate Examination (transfer) credit may exceed the unit maximum by the amount of that credit.

Scholarship Requirement

Students must earn at least a C (2.0) grade-point average in all courses undertaken at the University of California for receipt of the bachelor’s degree, and in all upper-division courses in the major, and in all courses applied toward the general education requirements.

Academic Residence Requirement

Students are in residence while enrolled and attending classes at UCLA as a major in the School of Theater, Film, and Television. Of the last 45 units completed for the bachelor’s degree, 35 must be earned in residence in the School of Theater, Film, and Television. No more than 18 of the 35 units may be completed in UCLA summer sessions.

Courses offered by UCLA Extension may not be applied toward any part of the residence requirements.

Writing Requirement

Students must complete the University’s Entry-Level Writing or English as a Second Language (ESL) requirement prior to completing the school writing requirement.

Students admitted to the school are required to complete a two-term writing requirement—Writing I and Writing II. Two courses in English composition are required for graduation. Both courses must be taken for letter grades, and students must receive grades of C or better (C- grades are not acceptable).

Writing I. The Writing I requirement must be satisfied within the first three terms of enrollment by completing English Composition 3, 3D, 3DS, or 3SL with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable).

The Writing I requirement may also be satisfied by (1) scoring 4 or 5 on one of the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations in English, (2) a combination of a score of 720 or better on the SAT Reasoning Test, Writing and superior performance on the English Composition 3 Proficiency Examination, (3) completing a course equivalent to English Composition 3 with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable) taken at another institution, or (4) scoring 5, 6, or 7 on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination.

Students whose native language is not English may need to take English Composition 1A, 1B, and 2I before enrolling in a Writing I course. All courses in the sequence must be passed with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable).

Writing II. The Writing II requirement must be satisfied within the first six terms of enrollment by completing one course from a faculty-approved list of Writing II courses published on the Registrar’s Writing II requirements web page. The course must be completed with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable).

Applicable Writing II courses may also be applied toward the upper-division nonmajor requirement and, if approved for general education (GE) credit, may fulfill a GE requirement.

Transfer students with 90 or more units who have completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will have satisfied the Writing I and Writing II requirements. No transfer student is admitted to the school without completing, with a grade of C or better (C- grade is not acceptable), a college-level writing course that Undergraduate Admission accepts as equivalent to English Composition 3.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students may meet the foreign language requirement by (1) scoring 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language examination in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish, or scoring 4 or 5 on the AP foreign language examination in Latin, (2) presenting a UCLA foreign language proficiency examination score indicating competency through level three, or (3) completing one college-level foreign language course equivalent to level three or above at UCLA with a grade of Passed or C or better.

Transfer students with 90 or more units who have completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will have satisfied the foreign language requirement.

International students may petition to use an advanced course in their native language for this requirement. Students whose entire secondary education has been completed in a language other than English may petition to be exempt from the foreign language requirement.

The Registrar’s foreign language requirement page publishes courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Upper-Division Nonmajor Requirement

Students must complete at least three upper-division nonmajor courses (100-level) for a minimum of 12 units. Graduate (200-level) courses may not be applied toward this requirement.

A course used to satisfy the upper-division nonmajor requirement may also be used to satisfy the Writing II requirement.

A course used to satisfy the upper-division nonmajor requirement may not also be applied toward a foundation area in general education.

General Education Requirements

General education (GE) is more than a checklist of required courses. It is a program of study that reveals to students the ways that research scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences create and evaluate new knowledge, introduces students to the important ideas and themes of human cultures, fosters appreciation for the many perspectives and the diverse voices that may be heard in a democratic society, and develops the intellectual skills that give students the dexterity they need to function in a rapidly changing world.

This entails the ability to make critical and logical assessments of information, both traditional and digital; deliver reasoned and persuasive arguments; and identify, acquire, and use the knowledge necessary to solve problems.

Foundations of Knowledge

General education courses are grouped into three foundational areas: Foundations of the Arts and Humanities, Foundations of Society and Culture, and Foundations of Scientific Inquiry.

Ten courses (48 units minimum) are required. GE-approved Writing II courses may fulfill an appropriate foundational area. See the foundational area descriptions below for a breakdown of courses required.

Courses listed in more than one category can fulfill GE requirements in only one of the cross-listed categories. A course used to satisfy a major requirement may not also be applied toward a GE requirement.

Students who successfully complete a yearlong GE Cluster series fulfill the Writing II requirement and complete 40 percent of their general education requirements.

Foundations of the Arts and Humanities. Five 5-unit courses, with no more than two from any one subgroup:

  • Literary and Cultural Analysis
  • Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis
  • Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice

The aim of courses in this area is to supply perspectives and intellectual skills necessary to comprehend and think critically about our situation in the world as human beings. In particular, the courses furnish the basic means to appreciate and evaluate the ongoing efforts of humans to explain, translate, and transform their diverse experiences of the world through such media as language, literature, philosophical systems, images, sounds, and performances. The courses introduce students to the historical development and fundamental intellectual and ethical issues associated with the arts and humanities and may also investigate the complex relations between artistic and humanistic expression and other facets of society and culture.

Foundations of Society and Culture. Three 5-unit courses, one from each subgroup and a third course from either subgroup:

  • Historical Analysis
  • Social Analysis

The aim of courses in this area is to introduce students to the ways in which humans organize, structure, rationalize, and govern their diverse societies and cultures over time. The courses focus on a particular historical question, societal problem, or topic of political and economic concern in an effort to demonstrate how issues are objectified for study, how data is collected and analyzed, and how new understandings of social phenomena are achieved and evaluated.

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry. Two courses (8 units minimum), one from each subgroup:

  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

The aim of courses in this area is to ensure that students gain a fundamental understanding of how scientists formulate and answer questions about the operation of both the physical and biological world. The courses also deal with some of the most important issues, developments, and methodologies in contemporary science, addressing such topics as the origin of the universe, environmental degradation, and the decoding of the human genome. Through lectures, laboratory experiences, writing, and intensive discussions, students consider the important roles played by the laws of physics and chemistry in society, biology, Earth and environmental sciences, and astrophysics and cosmology.

Foundations Course Lists. Creating and maintaining a general education curriculum is a dynamic process; consequently, courses are frequently added to the list. For the most current list of approved courses that satisfy the Foundations of Knowledge GE plan, consult an academic counselor or see the Schedule of Classes.

School of Theater, Film, and Television
General Education Requirements

Foundations of the Arts and Humanities

Literary and Cultural Analysis  
Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis  
Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice 5 Courses
No more than two courses from any one subgroup.
Total = 25 units minimum  

 
Foundations of Society and Culture

Historical Analysis 1 Course
Social Analysis 1 Course
Third course from either subgroup 1 Course
Total = 15 units minimum  


Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

Life Sciences 1 Course
Physical Sciences 1 Course
Total = 8 units minimum

 
Total GE     10 Courses/48 Units Minimum

A course taken to meet the Writing II requirement may not also be applied toward a GE requirement.


Reciprocity with Other UC Campuses

Students who transfer to UCLA from other UC campuses or who change their major from the College or another UCLA school and have met all GE requirements prior to attending UCLA or changing their UCLA major are not required to complete the School of Theater, Film, and Television GE requirements. Written verification from the dean at the other UC campus or UCLA College or school is required. Verification letters should be sent to UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, Director of Student Services, Box 951622, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622.

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum

Transfer students from California community colleges have the option to fulfill UCLA lower-division GE requirements by completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) prior to transfer. The curriculum consists of a series of subject areas and types of courses which have been agreed on by the University of California and the California community colleges. Although GE courses are degree requirements rather than admission requirements, students are advised to fulfill them prior to transfer. The IGETC significantly eases the transfer process, as all UCLA GE requirements are fulfilled when students complete the IGETC courses. Students who select the IGETC must complete it entirely before enrolling at UCLA. Otherwise, they must fulfill the School of Theater, Film, and Television GE requirements.

   
   
 
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