Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Cinematic Arts majors who need to take a leave of absence should contact your assigned academic advisor. You will be given an Undergraduate Handbook for Leave of Absence and will be required to submit a form to be reviewed by the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. Please note that Production track students will need to take into consideration the production sequence and class availability.

As a returning student, you will be responsible for contacting your advisor regarding signing up for classes the semester you return. You will have a Leave of Absence hold that restricts registration and cannot be removed until you have met with your advisor. According to university policy, currently enrolled students have priority for receiving D-clearances and registration. Consult the USC Schedule of Classes for registration dates and deadlines.

Graduate Students

Requests for a leave of absence must be approved by the Production Advisor, the Chair of your program of study, and the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs before the first day of the semester for which the leave is requested. We recommend you submit your request at least one month beforehand to make sure there is enough time to obtain all the required signatures. Please see your academic advisor to submit your petition for a leave.

Please note to qualify for a leave of absence, you must be in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress towards your degree. Production students please note that the first year of the program is taken sequentially.

You must request a leave for one semester at a time, for a maximum of two semesters. If you need to take a leave of absence for more than two semesters, you must reapply for admission. You must submit a readmission form, a current USC transcript, and an academic plan, outlining how you intend to finish the degree. Upon readmission you will be required to complete the current degree requirements.

If cannot not finish the degree within the maximum allowed time frame, you will need to petition for an extension of the degree time limit.

As a returning student, you will be responsible for contacting your advisor regarding signing up for classes the semester you return. According to university policy, currently enrolled students have priority for receiving D-clearances and registration. Consult the USC Schedule of Classes for registration dates and deadlines.