Bachelor of Arts*

*effective beginning Fall 2013
Note: the BA in Production is available to transfer students only. Incoming freshmen should apply to the BFA in Production.

The Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Arts, Film and Television Production 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. Bachelor of Arts students are enrolled in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, where they take their pre-professional courses, including the general education requirements. Major courses are selected from the curriculum of the School of Cinematic Arts. The degree requires 128 units, including 18 lower-division units and 26 upper-division units in Cinematic Arts. A maximum of 40 School of Cinematic Arts upper division-units will apply to the B.A. degree.

Applicants must submit a supplemental application and materials to the Undergraduate Production Program. For specific instructions, contact the Cinematic Arts Office of Admission, University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, (213) 740-8358, or search here on our site.

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.

Production Sequence

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinematic Arts Film and Television Production are required to take CTPR 294 Directing in Television, Fiction and Documentary and CTPR 295 Cinematic Arts Laboratory the first semester they are enrolled in the program. These courses are taken in preparation for the next phase of the production sequence, CTPR 310 Intermediate Production.

In CTPR 294 students explore the basic concepts of directing in television, documentary and dramatic narrative by working with actors, documentary production and the creation of short television projects.

In CTPR 295 students study the aesthetics and tools of the major disciplines of cinematic arts: producing, cinematography, sound and editing.

CTPR 310 Intermediate Production is the second phase of the production sequence. In this workshop students work in small crews, learning to collaborate and explore the expressive principles of visual and audio communication, as well as idea development and realization using image, movement, pace, the spoken word and other sounds. The School provides most equipment and materials; however, approximately $2,000 should be budgeted for miscellaneous expenses, lab and insurance fees.

To qualify for enrollment in CTPR 310, students must fulfill all requirements outlined in the guidelines distributed in CTPR 294.

Following CTPR 310, students must take CTPR 450 The Production and Post-Production Assistant and refine their areas of interest by taking advanced-level practicum courses within the major disciplines of production: Directing, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Producing and Production Design. Thereafter students complete the final phase of the production sequence by taking one of the following courses: CTAN 448, CTPR 480; CTPR 484; CTPR 486.

CTAN 448 Introduction to Film Graphics – Animation is a practical course in concepts, media and techniques related to the graphic film.

In CTPR 480 Advanced Production Workshop, production students form crews in which directors, producers, cinematographers, editors and sound designers collaborate to produce, shoot, edit and deliver a fictional narrative, documentary or experimental project in one semester.

The School provides equipment and facilities. There are extra personal expenses associated with all production workshops.

To qualify for enrollment in CTPR 480, students must fulfill all requirements outlined in the CTPR 480 guidelines distributed in CTPR 450.

CTPR 484 Advanced Multi-Camera Television Workshop is a class in which students will produce a half-hour situation comedy pilot in one semester.

CTPR 486 Single Camera Television Dramatic Series (recommended preparation: CTPR 479) is a class in which students collaborate on the production and post-production of an original episodic drama that is 44 minutes in length and is shot on original sets.

CTPR 310, CTPR 480, CTPR 484 and CTPR 486 cannot be waived or substituted with another course or transfer credit under any circumstances.

Required Courses

Course Number Course Name Units
CNTV 101 Reality Starts Here 2
CTCS 190 Introduction to Cinema 4
     
CTCS 200 History of the International Cinema I, or 4
CTCS 201 History of the International Cinema II 4
     
CTPR 294 Directing in Television, Fiction, and Documentary 4
CTPR 295 Cinematic Arts Laboratory 4
CTPR 310 Intermediate Production 6
CTPR 450 The Production and Post-Production Assistant 2
CTWR 413 Writing the Short Script I 2
 
And a choice of:
CTWR 411 Television Script Analysis 2
CTWR 414 The Screenplay 2
CTWR 416 Motion Picture Script Analysis 2
     
One of the following Critical Studies courses:
CTCS 367 Global Television and Media 4
CTCS 392 History of the American Film, 1925-1950 4
CTCS 393 History of the American Film, 1946-1975 4
CTCS 394 History of the American Film, 1977-Present 4
CTCS 400 Non-Fiction Film and Television 4
CTCS 402 Practicum in Film/Television Criticism 4
CTCS 403 Studies in National and Regional Media 4
CTCS 404 Television Criticism and Theory 4
CTCS 406 History of American Television 4
CTCS 407 African-American Cinema 4
CTCS 409 Censorship in Cinema 4
CTCS 411 Film, Television and Cultural Studies 4
CTCS 412 Gender, Sexuality and Media 4
CTCS 414 Latina/o Screen Cultures 4
CTCS 464 Film and/or Television Genres 4
CTCS 469 Film and/or Television Style Analysis 4
CTCS 478 Culture, Technology and Communications 4
CTCS 482 Transmedia Entertainment 4
 
Three of the following Production practicum courses:
CTPR 421 Practicum in Editing 2
CTPR 424 Practicum in Cinematography 2
CTPR 438 Practicum in Producing 2
CTPR 440 Practicum in Sound 2, max 4
CTPR 465 Practicum in Production Design 2
CTPR 478 Practicum in Directing 2
 
One of the following courses:
CTAN 448 Introduction to Film Graphics - Animation 4
CTPR 480 Advanced Production Workshop 4, max 12
CTPR 484 Advanced Multi-Camera Television Workshop 4
CTPR 486 Single Camera Television Dramatic Series 4

Sample Two Year Plan

Click here for a Sample Two Year Plan for the Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Arts, Film and Television Production (Fall 2013)

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 CTPR 294, CTPR 295, and CTPR 310 after repeating these requirements will be disqualified from the program.

Limitations on Enrollment

No more than 40 upper-division units can be taken in the major without approval of the Dean, USC Dornsife College.

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 Cinematic Arts Student Services Office (SCB 105), (213) 740-8358, for an appointment.

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