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On-Campus Commercial Filming and News Photography/Videography

Last updated 12/14/2021

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.

Gallery of Campus Locations for Commerical Filming

Commercial Filming Projects

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

This pause on commercial filming extends to all areas within UC San Diego’s jurisdiction, including Scripps Pier and Black’s Beach as well as outdoor spaces and roads throughout campus.

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.

Note: To protect all students, faculty and staff, UC San Diego has developed enhanced safety requirements for individuals arriving, working and living on all UC San Diego campuses, properties and locations. 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.

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


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

Non-Commercial Filming

UC San Diego’s communications personnel manage media requests for their specific areas of campus, including coordinating media interviews and monitoring on-campus news photography/videography inquiries.