Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Entertainment is granted through the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the School of Cinematic Arts. Students study within a framework that combines a broad liberal arts background with specialization in a profession. Undergraduate students take their pre-professional courses in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, including the general education requirements. Major courses are selected from the curriculum of the School of Cinematic Arts. The degree requires 128 units, including a minimum of 48 units in the major.

General Education Requirements

The university's general education program provides a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. This program requires six courses in different categories, plus writing, foreign language and diversity requirements, which comprise the USC core. See the USC Core/General Education and General Education Program pages for more information.

Required Production Courses

Undergraduates admitted to the Interactive Entertainment Program are required to take CTPR 241 Fundamentals of Cinema Technique and CTPR 290 Cinematic Communication. These introductory production courses are taken concurrently (see description below).

CTPR 241 is an experimental course dealing with the technical and aesthetic principles of directing, cinematography, editing, sound and the development of ideas through a cinematic vocabulary.

In CTPR 290 each student makes four digital video movies, executing all the creative roles personally, and takes a crew position on a group project. Exploration of personal expression and diverse genres is encouraged, with emphasis on visual and sound patterns, with limited dialogue. Approximately $1,000 should be budgeted for miscellaneous expenses, lab and insurance fees.

Required CoursesUnits
CNTV 101Reality Starts Here2
CSCI 101LFundamentals of Computer Programming, or3
CTIN 400Fundamentals of Procedural Media2
CTCS 190Introduction to Cinema4
CTIN 309Introduction to Interactive Entertainment4
CTIN 483Introduction to Game Development4
CTIN 484L**Intermediate Game Development2
CTIN 488Game Design Workshop4
CTIN 489**Intermediate Game Design Workshop2
CTPR 241*Fundamentals of Cinema Technique2
CTPR 290*Cinematic Communication4
*Enrollment in CTPR 241 and CTPR 290 is concurrent
**Enrollment in CTIN 484L and CTIN 489 is concurrent

At least 6 units of the following are required:
CSCI 102LData Structures3
CSCI 200LObject Oriented Programming3
CTAN 330Animation Fundamentals2
CTAN 443L3-D Animation and Character Design2
CTAN 452Introduction to 3-D Computer Animation2
CTIN 401LInterface Design for Games2
CTIN 403LAdvanced Visual Design for Games2
CTIN 404LUsability Testing for Games2
CTIN 405LDesign and Technology for Mobile Experiences2
CTIN 406LSound Design for Games2
CTIN 458Business and Management of Games2
CTIN 464Game Studies Seminar2
CTIN 482Designing Online Multiplayer Game Environments2
CTIN 485LAdvanced Game Development2
CTIN 486Immersive Design Workshop2
IML 340The Praxis of New Media: Digital Argument2
IML 346*Methods in Digital Research2

At least one of the following is required:
CTCS 478Culture, Technology and Communications4
CTCS 482Transmedia Entertainment4
CTIN 462Critical Theory and Analysis of Games4
CTIN 463Anatomy of a Game4
CTWR 410LCharacter Development and Storytelling for Games4
IML 420*New Media for Social Change4

*Prerequisite: IML 104 or IML 140 or IML 201.

At least one of the following is required:
CTIN 459LGame Industry Workshop4
CTIN 491LAdvanced Game Project I4
CTIN 492LExperimental Game Topics4

Four additional elective units must be taken from any of the courses listed above.

Grade Point Average Requirements

A minimum grade of C, 2.0 (A=4.0), must be earned in all required and prerequisite courses. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower will not fulfill a major requirement.

Students who do not earn the minimum grade of C (2.0) in CTIN 309, CTIN 483, CTIN 484L, CTIN 488 or CTIN 489 after repeating these requirements will be disqualified from the program.

Limitations on Enrollment

Registration in graduate-level courses (numbered 500) for undergraduate credit requires prior approval of the School of Cinematic Arts.

Curriculum Review

Cinematic arts majors are expected to meet with an advisor every semester to review their progress. Contact the Interactive Media Program Office, SCA 223, (213) 821-4472, for an appointment.