The John C. Hench Animation & Digital Arts Admission Committee reviews applications for originality, clarity, personal insight and artistic excellence. Considerable importance is placed on the Cinematic Arts personal statement, portfolio and letters of recommendation. There are no admission interviews. By limiting the evaluation to the items listed, the committee ensures that all applicants are judged by the same criteria.
The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Animation & Digital Arts program.
- The Common Application
- USC Supplement to the Common Application
- Cinematic Arts Supplemental Materials
- Cinematic Arts Personal Statement
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Official High School & College Transcripts
- Official TOEFL Test Scores (International Students Only)
All matters relating to admission are the applicant's responsibility. When submitting an application, make sure you have completed all screens of the online process. The application system allows you to check your application to verify your application materials have been uploaded and submitted. Incomplete applications, or applications not submitted, will not be considered.
- Fall Admission: February 1
Note to Transfer Applicants: Admission is granted on a space-available basis. There is no spring admission to this program.
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USC Application Process
In an effort to streamline our application process, USC now uses the Common Application exclusively. Students wishing to apply for admission to the 2013-2014 academic year should submit the Common Application and the USC Supplement, both of which can be accessed at The Common Application website.
To better prepare for all Cinematic Arts majors, it is recommended that students complete General Education courses, including USC's General Education Categories I, II, III and V, Diversity, Writing and Foreign Language requirements. For additional information, please visit USC's Undergraduate Admission website.
Cinematic Arts Supplemental Materials (Clearly title all documents)
As part of the application process, all students looking to be considered for admission to the Animation & Digital Arts program are required to submit supplemental materials to support their application. These supplemental materials must be submitted via USC's Supplement to the Common Application.
The following supplemental materials are required for admission consideration to the Animation & Digital Arts BA program:
- Cinematic Arts Personal Statement
- Portfolio (please submit a URL)
- Letters of Recommendation (One letter must be an academic reference)
The Cinematic Arts personal statement should reflect the applicant's individuality and explain why he or she would like to study Animation and Digital Arts at USC. The Animation Admission Committee will review this statement as a measure of the applicant's creativity, intelligence, self-awareness, determination and vision. The statement should be a page and a half, and it should give the committee a sense of the applicant's long-term goals and artistic ambitions.
All portfolio materials must be placed online. Applicants are required to submit a direct link (URL) where the Portfolio can be viewed. The portfolio may consist of life drawing or painting examples, 2D organic and digital art work as well as traditional and/or 2D/3D digital animation, integrated live action or motion graphics work or any other samples that represent the applicant's aesthetic sense and capabilities. Please ensure that portfolio is no longer than 15 minutes in length. It is required that a student submit his/her portfolio online, by creating a personal website or uploading materials to a third party site, such as deviantArt, and providing us with a direct URL. Any materials that are sent by mail will not be considered.
Three letters of recommendation (no particular format) are required. Any letters submitted as part
of your University application can be used towards the three letters of recommendation required for
the Cinematic Arts application.
Please submit any letters of recommendation to USC's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applicants are responsible for verifying that letters of recommendation have been received by USC.
Official transcripts from all High Schools and Colleges attended must be submitted to USC. Request official transcripts to be sent directly from your schools to USC's Office of Undergraduate Admissions at:University of Southern California
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911
TOEFL (International Students Only)
All international applicants (freshmen and transfer) whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam. The minimum required TOEFL score is:
- Computer Based Test (CBT): 250
- Internet Based Test (IBT): 100
- Paper Based Test (PBT): 600-603
Note: These scores may not be more than two years old at the time of application.
USC's institution code for TOEFL Registration is 4852. There is no Department Code. It is recommended that applicants take the TOEFL exam at least one month prior to the application deadline.
Transfer applicants who are from countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec) where English is both the first language of the country and the language of instruction, are presumed to be proficient in English.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Many financial aid and scholarship processes run concurrently with the admissions process. Be sure to research and apply for financial aid and scholarships as you are applying for admission. There are many grants and scholarships that are available through the University of Southern California. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific information or if you have any questions.