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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. You will learn the many facets of the art, from hand-drawn to digital design, animation and effects. You can take courses in character animation, performance capture, projection mapping, motion graphics, virtual reality, visual effects, and real-time animation.

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. The committee ensures that all applicants are judged equitably by limiting evaluation to the items listed.

You must submit the SlideRoom Application titled: "Graduate Animation + Digital Arts MFA Program".

You must access the SlideRoom Application via the "Go to SlideRoom" link in the SlideRoom tab in the Program Materials quadrant of the Graduate Application for Admission. The SlideRoom Application should only be accessed via this button in order for your applications to be linked and successfully submitted.

  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, areas of interest, professional judgment, self-awareness, determination and aspiration. The statement should be a page and a half, and it should give the committee a sense of your long-term career goals and artistic ambitions.

  2. Résumé (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)

    A record of your background and experience, listing creative projects in which you have participated. Formal recognition - such as awards, publications, jobs and exhibitions - should be noted.

  3. 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.