The entertainment industry is exactly that: an industry, one that encompasses thousands of different careers that span from executive suites to far-reaching production sets, from the classroom to the writers' room. The Division of Cinema & Media Studies provides the kind of in-depth knowledge of media and entertainment that serves as a foundation for jobs at the talent agencies, management firms, production companies, and international studios that develop and distribute media around the globe.
Ph.D. student incorporates work in media and memory studies with cinematic representations of the Holocaust.
Alum is at the beginnings of an impactful career in documentary film production and social change.
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Bachelor of Arts
A Bachelor of Arts in Cinema & Media Studies offers an education in the cultural, historical, and narrative constructs of both new and traditional media. As a result, students develop the academic foundation necessary to excel in an industry that is constantly evolving and graduate with the broad tools and knowledge necessary to work in a variety of fields.
Masters of Arts
A Master of Arts in Cinema & Media Studies offers a comprehensive examination of the cultural, artistic, and commercial contexts of media creation, consumption, and scholarship. Graduates from the MA in Cinema & Media Studies develop a sophisticated understanding of how creative expression, technology, business, politics, history and ideology are interlinked within American and international media trends. MA alumni have embarked on successful careers in the film and media industries, higher education, non-profits, curating, criticism and archiving.
Doctor of Philosophy
Established in 1959 as the first PhD program of its kind, the Doctor of Philosophy in Cinema & Media Studies remains at the forefront of scholarly work in the cinematic arts. Students tailor their curriculum to their own creative and scholarly interests under the guidance of SCA's world-renowned faculty. Past PhD recipients have published award-winning books and essays, secured tenured positions at the most prestigious universities in the world, and have become influential public intellectuals in a variety of fields.
The Division of Cinema & Media Studies
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Christine Acham, Program Coordinator
University Park, SCA 319
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211
Bill Whittington (Assistant Chair)
Christine Acham (Graduate Program Coordinator)
Alicia Cornish White (Office Manager)