The Film & Television Production review committee panel evaluates applications for originality, clarity, personal insight and artistic excellence. There are no admission interviews but applicants may be contacted for more information or clarification of submitted materials. The committee ensures that all applicants are judged equitably by limiting evaluation to the items listed. Incomplete applications, or applications not submitted as requested, cannot be considered.

There are no admission interviews but applicants may be contacted for more information or clarification of submitted materials. The committee ensures that all applicants are judged equitably by limiting evaluation to the items listed.

Incomplete applications, or applications not submitted as requested, cannot be considered.

Application Overview

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The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Film & Television Production 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
      • Visual Sample (Video or Photo Option)
      • Writing Sample (pick one: A or B or C)
      • Portfolio List
      • 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 admissions@cinema.usc.edu.

    Application Deadlines

    • Fall Admission: February 1
    • Spring Admission: September 1

      *Spring admission is only available to Current USC students.

    View all Application Deadlines.

    *Note to Current USC Applicants: Admission is granted on a space available basis. In order to be considered for admission, you must first obtain 48 transferable semester units (excluding AP & IB, but may include units in progress during the fall or spring semester).

    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 online SCA Supplemental Application.

    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 Film & Television Production program are required to submit supplemental materials via the SlideRoom Application. Please complete the SlideRoom Application titled: "Film & Television Production B.A. Program - Current USC Transfer Applicants”

    The following supplemental materials are required for admission consideration to the Film & Television Production B.A. program. Please submit all written materials in PDF format.

    1. Cinematic Arts Personal Statement (please upload in PDF format under the "Forms" section)

      The Film & Television Production Admission Committee will read this personal statement as a measure of creativity, self-awareness and vision. We are looking for a sense of you as a unique individual and how your distinctive experiences, characteristics, background, values and/or views of the world have shaped who you are and what you want to say as a creative filmmaker. We want to know about the kind of stories you want to tell. Bear in mind that enthusiasm for watching films, descriptions of your favorite films and the involvement in the filmmaking process is common in most candidates. As a result, we encourage that you focus on your individuality. Note that there is no standard format or correct answer. (1,000 words or less)

    2. Visual Sample (choose one) - (please upload in the "Portfolio Section")
      Please submit one of the two visual samples. It is essential that you specify what role(s) you have played in your visual sample.
      • Video Option: Create a brief narrative video in which you had a major creative role. The video can be either live-action or animation, fiction or documentary, but it should reflect your aesthetic tastes and intellectual and emotional interests. (No longer than five minutes.) Please submit only ONE video. Multiple submissions WILL NOT be reviewed.
      • Photo Option: Prepare a series of eight photographs you have taken which, when viewed in a specific sequence, portray a unique and original character or which tells a simple narrative story. Also, include a one-page narrative about the character being portrayed in the photos. The images may either be black-and-white or in color. Please upload the photos in order of sequence (1-8). Please upload the required one page narrative onto the online application.
    3. Writing Sample (choose one) (please upload in PDF format under the "Forms" section)
      Clearly title which writing sample you choose
      1. A description of a four-minute film that contains no dialogue. It can be fiction or non-fiction. The story has to be communicated visually. (no more than two pages)
      2. A dialogue scene between two people. Provide a one-paragraph introduction describing the two characters in screenplay format. (no more than three pages
      3. Describe a concept for a feature-length movie, fiction or documentary, which you would like to develop. (No more than two pages)
    4. Creative Portfolio List (please upload in PDF format under the "Forms" section)

      The portfolio list is a written record of the applicant's creative materials. It should include a concise description of each project, the month and year the project was completed, the applicant's creative role and the purpose of the project. The material, which does not need to be film- or television-related, should give an idea of the range and depth of the applicant's creative ability. Formal recognition - such as awards, publications, jobs and exhibitions - should be noted. The name of the institution or publication should be included when listing creative materials prepared for a class or publication. An example of the portfolio list is below:

      • July 2008, A Day in the Life, digital video, 12 minutes. Position: writer/director. A documentary on a homeless Iraq vet who has lived on the streets since his return from the military. Created for senior-year multimedia term project, San Raphael High School, Miami, Florida.
      • March 2008, Doorways, a series of 5 black-and-white photographs. Position: photographer. "Second Prize Winner" in the Des Moines Sunday Journal photo contest.
      • February 2007, Cellomorphosis, short story. Position: writer. A variation on the novella by Franz Kafka; published in Writing, vol. IV, 2007, at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts.
    5. Letters of Recommendation
    6. 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

    Please submit a PDF copy of your STARS report via the "Forms" section of the SlideRoom application.