Video Overview
SIR Overview Video

One of the first things you'll hear during Orientation is the importance of building your network. Success, in this profession, is a balance between what you know, who you know, and knowing how to keep in contact with your network. The School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) Office of Student Industry Relations (SIR) is here to help you with this process. Staffed by industry professionals, SIR provides a broad range of professional development services as well as in-depth information about career growth, film festivals and distribution for your short films.

Graduate Certificate of the Business of Entertainment Program

Larry Auerbach, Associate Dean

This certificate program provides graduate-level education in various aspects of the business of film, television and new media.

In conjunction with the USC Marshall School of Business, the School of Cinematic Arts offers four graduate courses each semester in specialized business topics such as entertainment marketing, film finance, agents/managers, producing and interactive media. The classes are all taught by top industry professionals, and are open to all graduate students at the university and undergraduate juniors and seniors. Qualified graduate students completing four classes in this program will receive a graduate certificate in the Business of Entertainment.

Professional Development

Bonnie Chi, Director
Torrie Rosenzweig, Associate Director

Attend our technical seminars, panel discussions, Industry Fair and weekly group meetings that offer résumé review, career planning, networking tips and gain access to the SCA Job Board, which is constantly updated with leads to employment and internship opportunities in film, television and interactive media. In addition, students can post their résumés on the board for prospective employers to search. Information about our meeting times, panel discussions and events is available on the SCA site. E-mails are also sent directly to students, so please read your SCA e-mail.

Festivals and Distribution

Sandrine Cassidy, Director

Festivals and Distribution, which is part of Student Industry Relations, is also a great asset for students and alumni as the success of their short films will help them network and launch their careers. In addition to organizing the school's annual First Look festival, the staff assists SCA members to enter their films in over 125 festivals worldwide each year. Make sure you take advantage of their online resources as well as one on one festivals and distribution strategy counseling. They will also negotiate the licensing of your films to broadcasters, internet sites or any other type of distribution all around the world.

First Look Film Festival

Allison Melanson, Associate Director

Our office organizes the First Look Film Festival that takes place in the spring semester. The festival showcases both undergraduate and graduate short films. Visit: First Look.

Your future is now...

Networking and building your contact base is imperative. Networking is the single most important thing you can do for yourself in order to find work in the entertainment industry. In addition to the SIR events, students can take advantage of many networking opportunities including the First Look Film Festival, which showcases our undergraduate and graduate short films and First Frame, the showcase of projects from animation & digital arts students.

Augmenting these activities, the SCA Network is another vital resource that students can use to help to propel their careers. Open to both current students and alumni for a nominal annual subscription, the SCA Network gives members access to the SCA Alumni Directory, which lists thousands of SCA alumni who are working in the industry. Membership can also allow advance and exclusive access to events such as career seminars, screenings and other activities. The USC faculty is a great source for networking as well as their guest speakers within each class. As you add to your network base, your contacts can prove to be invaluable as they may lead to an internship or a paid job. Venture off campus. There are a number of entertainment events happening in the LA area each week. Reading entertainment news and blogs will assist in your search. Also, check the SCA Job Board for information on industry events happening ABOUT TOWN.

To access all SIR resources and links, please visit: http://scacommunity.usc.edu.