University Communications and Public Affairs


Last updated 03/10/2021

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, UC San Diego is updating its on-campus commercial filming and media photography/videography guidelines based on public health and safety guidelines set forth by local, state and University officials. UC San Diego and UC San Diego Health are working closely with federal and state officials to help slow the spread of the disease.

Commercial Filming Projects

UC San Diego is not actively vetting or approving any commercial filming projects. Due to the current health crisis, the university cannot resume commercial filming projects at this time and is unsure when it may be safe to do so.

For convenience, the word “filming” as used in this update shall include commercial and educational motion pictures, filming, videotaping, still photography and digital imaging.

News Photography/Videography

News photography and videography do not require a permit, however, requests to capture drone footage on campus require approval 72 hours prior to the proposed shoot through the Flight Request Form. All news camera crews and still photographers who request access to a specific location—such as a lab, residence hall or lecture building—must obtain authorization in advance from the specific UC San Diego unit communications team to film, videotape or take pictures. These authorizations are determined on a case-by-case basis, per the responsibility of the appropriate UC San Diego communications personnel. To review UC San Diego communications personnel, visit the UC San Diego Media Contacts page. Additionally, all news camera crews and still photographers requesting access to a specific location must be accompanied by a communications staff member.

Note: As a public protective measure against COVID-19, it is mandatory to wear a mask when you are at UC San Diego. This includes when you are inside a building, when you are interfacing with the campus community and public, and when you are outside where social distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained. All individuals are expected to follow UC San Diego’s campus safety requirements, which can be found on the UC San Diego Return to Learn website.


Commercial Filming

Amanda Rubalcava in UC San Diego University Communications facilitates commercial filming projects—such as broadcast commercials, movie productions and advertising shoots—at various locations on campus (permits/insurance/fees).

Amanda Rubalcava
University Communications
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0938
La Jolla, CA 92093-0938
Tel: (858) 534-3121
Email: arubalcava@ucsd.edu

Non-Commercial Filming

UC San Diego’s academic unit communications personnel each manage media requests for their area, including coordinating media interviews and monitoring on-campus news photography/videography inquiries.