Coronavirus Updates: USC  |  SCA

The School of Cinematic Arts looks forward to receiving your application for admission. The Admissions Office is available to assist you during the application process and can be reached at 213-740-8358 or admissions@cinema.usc.edu with any questions.

The application process and requirements vary by incoming status and program. Please review the procedures detailed below for first-year/freshmen, external (non-current USC) transfers, current USC transfers or graduate applicants.



First-Year/Freshmen Applicants
External (Non-Current USC) Transfer Applicants
Current USC Transfer Applicants
Graduate Applicants

Application Open Dates & Deadlines

Application Open Dates

  • Fall semester:
    • Undergraduate (first-year/freshmen and transfer) applications: August 1st
    • Graduate applications: August 20th
  • Spring semester:
    • Current USC transfer applications: June 20th
    • Graduate Film & Television Production MFA application only: June 20th

Application Deadlines

Animation & Digital Arts
  Fall Spring
Freshmen (First-year) Applicants December 1st Not available
Current USC Transfer Applicants December 1st Not available
External Transfer Applicants December 1st Not available
Graduate Applicants November 15th Not available

Cinema & Media Studies
  Fall Spring
Freshmen (First-year) Applicants December 1st Not available
Current USC Transfer Applicants February 15th September 15th
External Transfer Applicants February 15th Not available
Graduate Applicants    
Master of Arts (M.A.) December 1st Not available
Doctoral (Ph.D.) December 1st Not available

Film & Television Production
  Fall Spring
Freshmen (First-year) Applicants December 1st Not available
Current USC Transfer Applicants February 15th September 15th
External Transfer Applicants February 15th Not available
Graduate Applicants November 15th August 15th

Interactive Media & Games
  Fall Spring
Freshmen (First-year) Applicants December 1st Not available
Current USC Transfer Applicants February 15th Not available
External Transfer Applicants February 15th Not available
Graduate Applicants November 15th
Not available

Media Arts + Practice
  Fall Spring
Freshmen (First-year) Applicants December 1st Not available
Current USC Transfer Applicants February 15th September 15th
External Transfer Applicants February 15th Not available
Graduate Applicants December 1st Not available

Peter Stark Producing
  Fall Spring
Graduate Applicants November 15th Not available

Writing for Screen & Television
  Fall Spring
Freshmen (First-year) Applicants December 1st Not available
Current USC Transfer Applicants December 1st Not available
External Transfer Applicants December 1st Not available
Graduate Applicants November 15th Not available