The USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program reviews candidates via their online application. In order to apply to the program, you must first select the course(s) you would like to attend. Once you have selected the courses you would like to be considered for, you can begin the application process.

Important Date(s):
Summer 2017 Applications will open November 1.
International Application deadline is April 2.
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The following are the writing samples required for admission consideration into the SCA Summer Program.

  • Writing Sample (Choose one)
    • Cinematic Arts Summer Program Personal Statement
      The Cinematic Arts Summer Program Personal Statement will be read by the Summer Program Admissions Committee as a measure of creativity, self-awareness and vision. We are looking for a sense of you as a unique individual and how your distinctive experiences, characteristics, background, values and/or views of the world have shaped who you are and what you want to say as a creative filmmaker. We want to know about the kind of stories you want to tell. Bear in mind that enthusiasm for watching films, descriptions of your favorite films and the involvement in the filmmaking process is common in most candidates. As a result, we encourage that you focus on your individuality. Note that there is no standard format or correct answer. (500 word limit)
    • Write a story about a character or person you find interesting or unique. For example, tell us a story about a person who was not what they first seemed to be, a person who had to make a difficult decision, or a person who made a difference in the world at great cost to themselves. This can be a character you devise or a real world person; it can be someone you know, or someone you don't. Communicate through your story why this person is so interesting to you. (500 word limit)
    • Write a review or analysis of a motion picture film, television show, or content provided through a new media. (500 word limit)
    • A dialogue scene between two people in screenplay format. Provide a one-paragraph introduction describing the two characters before the scene. Title page is optional and does not count towards the three page limit. (thee page limit)