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Inspired by one of the most inventive and prolific Disney artists and Imagineers, the John C. Hench Division of Animation + Digital Arts embraces diversity of genre, topics, culture and animation approaches. The program focuses on creative collaboration and critical thinking and attracts top students from around the world who aspire to be the next generation of filmmakers and storytellers. Here, you will learn the many facets of the art, from hand-drawn and stop-motion animation to digital design and effects. You can take courses in character animation, performance capture, projection mapping, motion graphics, virtual reality, visual effects, research, and more.

The faculty admissions committee reviews applications for originality, clarity, personal insight, artistic excellence and collaborative spirit. Considerable importance is placed on the Cinematic Arts Portfolio, Personal Statement, responses to all application questions and letters of recommendation. There are no admission interviews. By limiting the evaluation to the items listed, the committee ensures that all applicants are judged by the same criteria.

Access the Animation + Digital Arts B.F.A. Program - First-Year/Freshmen Applicants SlideRoom Application here.

  1. Cinematic Arts Personal Statement (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)

    The Cinematic Arts Personal Statement should reflect your individuality and explain why you would like to study Animation + Digital Arts at USC. The faculty admissions committee will review this statement as a measure of your creativity, intelligence, self-awareness, determination and vision. The statement should be a page and a half, and it should give the committee a sense of your long-term goals and artistic ambitions.

  2. Portfolio (Upload in Portfolio section)

    The Portfolio may consist of Still Images (10-15 pieces) and/or Moving Image Files.

    • Life drawing or painting examples
    • 2D/3D digital artwork and/or animation
    • Integrated live action/animation
    • Motion graphics work
    • Or any other samples that represent the applicant's aesthetic sense and capabilities.

    Moving images should be uploaded as individual files not to exceed a total of 15 minutes of material. Please do not upload one single large file.

    For any joint projects, please specify your role in the production.