The Division of Cinema & Media Studies is committed to the understanding of film, television and new media in relation to the world. By studying and analyzing these forms and the processes behind their creation, Cinema & Media Studies scholars gain insight into the power and aesthetics of moving image media. Cinema & Media Studies students also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience of film and television by taking hands-on production courses.

The committee favors applicants with academic records and personal statements that indicate a diversified liberal arts and humanities background. The committee is also interested in experiences and activities that show a continuing or recent involvement in film and television studies, the arts, criticism and/or aesthetics. There are no admission interviews. The committee ensures that all applicants are judged equitably by limiting evaluation to the items listed.

Application Overview

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The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Cinema & Media Studies B.A. program.

  • SCA Supplemental Application for Admission
  • SlideRoom Application: Cinematic Arts Supplemental Materials
    • All supplemental materials must be submitted via SlideRoom.
      • Cinematic Arts Personal Statement
      • Writing Sample
      • Letters of Recommendation (3)
        • Submit all letters via the SlideRoom recommendation system.
  • STARS Report
    • Please submit via SlideRoom.

All matters relating to admission are the applicant's responsibility. Incomplete applications, or applications not submitted, will not be considered. If you have any questions about the application process, please email

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission: February 1st
  • Spring Admission: September 1st
    *Spring admission is only available to Current USC students.

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All applicants wishing to be considered for admission must complete the following steps in the application process (where applicable):

Step 1: Submit the SCA Supplemental Application for Admission

To begin the application process, you must submit the SCA Supplemental Application online.

Step 2: Submit Supplemental Materials via the SlideRoom Application

As part of the application process, all students looking to be considered for admission to the Cinema & Media Studies program are required to submit supplemental materials via SlideRoom. Please complete the SlideRoom application titled: "Cinema & Media Studies B.A. Program - Current USC Transfer Applicants”.

The following supplemental materials are required for admission consideration to The Division of Cinema & Media Studies B.A. program. These supplemental materials must be submitted under the "Forms" section of the SlideRoom Application.

  1. Cinematic Arts Personal Statement (please upload in PDF format)

    The Cinematic Arts personal statement should be a carefully prepared explanation of the applicant's goals, describing any film, television, scholarly, critical or other creative background, as well as career objectives. It should present a clear and accurate picture of the applicant, outline objectives in the field of cinema and media- studies and explain how attending the School of Cinematic Arts will help reach these goals.

  2. Writing Sample (please upload in PDF format)

    The writing sample should be a review or analysis of some aspect of film, television, or new media; a discussion or application of critical theory; or a published article.

  3. Letters of Recommendation (3)

    Three letters of recommendation are required. All letters of recommendation must be submitted via the SlideRoom reference system. Applicants are responsible for requesting letters of recommendation as well as confirming that they have been received.

Step 3: Submit a Copy of Your STARS Report