Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Arts with a track in production is granted through the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences in conjunction with the School of Cinematic Arts. Students study within a framework which combines a broad liberal arts background with specialization in a profession. Bachelor of Arts students are enrolled in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & 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 22 lower-division units and 24 upper-division units in Cinematic Arts. A maximum of 40 School of Cinematic Arts upper-division units will apply to the B.A. degree.

The primary goals of the degree programs in Film and Television Production are to develop the student's ability to express original ideas on film or video and to instill a thorough understanding of the technical and aesthetic aspects of motion pictures and television. Courses in production provide individual and group filmmaking experiences and the opportunity to learn all aspects of filmmaking in a collaborative environment.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts*

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts, Film and Television Production is a unique four-year program offered by the School of Cinematic Arts that combines a liberal arts background with comprehensive specialization in a profession. Students are provided an intensive production experience with requirements and electives from other School of Cinematic Arts programs, including Cinema & Media Studies., Writing, Animation and Interactive Media. The degree requires 128 units, including 64 units in Cinematic Arts, many of which are taken in a sequential order.

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*effective beginning Fall 2013

Master of Fine Arts

All students who complete the SCA graduate program in Film and Television Production receive the same degree - an M.F.A. in Film and Television Production. All are introduced to the same crafts: producing, writing, directing, cinematography, editing and sound, and all learn that the test of any craft in a given project is whether it makes the project better.

The curriculum, which takes three years and requires at least 52 units, is designed to help students find their place in the media future. Each year has a perspective, from wide to narrow. In year one, each student is given a general introduction to media-making; all take the same courses and are required to practice all the basic crafts. In year two, students specialize in their personal interests, take crew positions on productions and elect craft seminars from several options. We advise developing skills in at least two crafts. Courses in film history and theory enhance the production experience.

Film and Television Production Division Laptop Requirements

One of the following computers is required when enrolled in the School of Cinematic Arts Film and Television Production Graduate Program. You will have classes that will require the computer for group work and in-class projects and editing.

This information will be updated July 2016. We recommend that admitted students not buy any computer hardware or software until being admitted. SCA will communicate with you about the exact requirements after you are admitted.

Computers are offered for sale through the USC Book Store at a student discount reflected in the prices below.

15 inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with AppleCare ~ $3431 including tax

  • 2.8GHz Quad core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 1TB PCIe based Flash Storage
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics + AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory

15 inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with AppleCare ~ $ 2600 including tax

  • 2.2GHz Quad core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 512GB PCIe based Flash Storage
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics

Possible software required or recommended:
Adobe Creative Cloud - $19.99 per month subscription
Avid Media Composer - $295 perpetual licenses; $9.99 per month subscription
ProTools - $299 perpetual license; $8.25-9.99 per month subscription
MS Office - free for USC students from ITS
Movie magic Budgeting & Scheduling - Academic Price is $345
Final Draft - $100-130 academic pricing

Hard Drives - Required/supported drives at this time:
G-Technology 2TB G-DRIVE G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive ~$ 163
Glyph Technologies 1TB Studio S1000 External Drive

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