SCA Overview
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As the only media school in the world that teaches all the major disciplines of the Cinematic Arts, SCA offers a uniquely interdisciplinary learning experience. Our students take classes across seven divisions that cover the breadth of film, television, and interactive media. They are exposed to the latest technological advances and storytelling techniques of the industry and have opportunities to meet and network with some of its most successful practitioners.

In addition to superb faculty and resources, the greatest strength to our programs is the underlying philosophy that the best education comes from creating an environment where theory and practice are in constant interaction. To this end, we have structured each field of study so that all students, regardless of their specific major, are required to take courses from the full spectrum of the School's offerings.

Through this process, writers take courses in directing and work directly with actors to better understand how words on the page actually sound and play. Directors take courses in the history of film, television and interactive media so they can gain the perspective that they are standing on the shoulders of those who passed before them. Cinema & Media Studies majors get behind the camera and in the editing suites to bring their own productions to life, so their hands-on knowledge of the creative process can be reflected in their scholarly understanding of it.

As our alumni roster reflects, this philosophy clearly prepares students to pursue their ambitions and dreams in the realm of entertainment. Perhaps more significantly, it instills a sense of discipline, teamwork, imagination and persistence that enables their contributions to our society to go well beyond their specific fields.


The Professional Editor Talks About her Time at SCA

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Alumni Profile

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has donated 5 million to SCA to provide need based scholarships to qualified students

Cohen Family Establishes Scholarship

The Dhanam Foundation, donates $1.5 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) to create need-based scholarships

Dhanam Foundation Makes Historic Gift