MAP Student Profile
Program Information

The Division of Media Arts + Practice is devoted to exploring the potentials of storytelling, media design, scholarly expression and emergent digital technologies. The program is ideal for students who are interested in the expanded array of cinematic technologies that can be used for critical, creative expression of ideas, as well as those who want to harness the power of the cinematic arts for communication and interaction across professional disciplines.

Media Arts + Practice offers a unique learning experience that is based in creative practice, research, critical inquiry and innovation. Students learn how to communicate ideas in multiple media forms - still images, video, sound, web design and social media - and how to distribute these ideas in the most effective manner. They also study the history and theoretical foundations of new media, looking back over a century of media forms and looking forward to emerging paradigms of participation and engagement. At the undergraduate level, the division offers a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts + Practice, a minor in Digital Studies, and an Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program. At the graduate level, the division offers a graduate certificate in Digital Media and Culture and a Doctor of Philosophy in Media Arts + Practice.

Media Arts + Practice faculty come from diverse backgrounds, with expertise in multimedia design, mobile media, immersive media, web-based video production and social media. They work with students in small lab-based workshops and seminars, combining hands-on design with intellectual investigation.

Degrees Offered
  • Bachelor of Arts, Media Arts + Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Media Arts + Practice

Special Programs

  • Honors in Multimedia Scholarship
  • Graduate Certificate in Digital Media and Culture
Contact Information

Media Arts + Practice
USC School of Cinematic Arts
3470 McClintock Avenue, SCI 101
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

Undergraduate Inquiries:
Sonia Seetharaman, Program Coordinator
Phone: 213.821.5860

Graduate Inquiries:
Dr. Elizabeth Ramsey, Associate Director
Phone: 213.821.5873