Touching the Lives of Countless Students

A remarkable student body representing the finest young film, television, and interactive talent from around the world is one of the hallmarks of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. As talented as they are, however, most of these students would not have made it so far in their academic careers without encouragement and assistance from their families. And that reality does not change even when these aspiring young scholars, filmmakers, animators, interactive game designers, and entertainment executives become part of the Trojan Family.

The study of film, television, and interactive media is firmly grounded in humanities and the arts, and yet, is enabled by technology. Without technology, the cinematic arts cannot exist. Supporting that dynamic interface between technology and content is an expensive undertaking. This is where the school's Parent Project comes in-contributions made to this important fundraising initiative are used to upgrade and maintain equipment and facilities. Every student, no matter the degree track or specialization, receives hands-on experience in the filmmaking process by the time he or she graduates from USC, which means that every Parent Project gift will touch the lives of countless students.

Certainly, every Trojan parent already has made a significant financial investment in their student's college education. However, it is important to note that tuition covers only a portion of the nearly $40 million it takes each year to operate the school, which is constantly challenged to raise enough funds to offset the difference between tuition revenue and the actual cost of running its world-class programs. That is why parental support is so crucial. Without help from our parent community, the school simply could not continue to provide the kind of high-caliber training that has made it the standard bearer in entertainment education since 1929.

If you are interested in obtaining more information on supporting the school and its programs, please contact the Office of Development at 213-740-2804 or you may visit the Parents Program website.