• Must be postmarked between July 15th to September 15th of the current year.
  • Applications must be received by mail. Walk-in applications will not be accepted.
  • Admission decisions will be sent to all applicants in December. Notification dates are subject to change.

Required
  1. Two Completed and signed applications.
  2. Two copies of your Statement of interest (A 200 word statement expressing your interest in the program and what you want to contribute to the entertainment industry and why).
  3. Two copies of a completed script The script should be either a feature film, sitcom, or one hour drama. If you are submitting a television script DO NOT submit an original television show, you will be disqualified!
  4. Two copies of a treatment or outline for a new unscripted feature or television spec script for a show that is currently on the air, that you would like to write while in the program (maximum of four double spaced pages).
  5. Two copies of your resume.
  6. Two copies of the coursework you have taken in studying writing (include where and when the course was taken and the length of the class)
  7. Please read the FAQ section to clear up any questions you may have.

Register your script with the

Writers Guild of America, 323-951-4000, or

The US Copyright Office, 202-707-9100


Returns & Acknowledgments

Scripts will not be returned. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you would like acknowledgment of the receipt of your application packet.

Special Note on Submissions

  1. Your script and treatment must be for the same division that you would like to work on in the program. If you want to be considered for the feature division, submit a feature script and a treatment for a new script that you would like to work on in the program.
  2. You cannot submit for both divisions.
  3. Scripts should be in standard screenplay or teleplay format and attached with two metal brads.
  4. Suggested length for scripts: feature film 110 pages, sitcom 45 pages, or one-hour drama 60 pages.
  5. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

A Complete Application Packet should be mailed to:

Guy Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program,
USC School of Cinematic Arts
900 W. 34th Street, Room 235
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211