The Division of Cinema & Media Studies provides an education in the cultural, historical, industrial and narrative dimensions of both new and traditional media. Cinema & Media Studies students study various media and the processes behind their creation, while they also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience of film, television and interactive media by taking hands-on production courses.
The faculty admissions committee favors applicants with academic records and personal statements that indicate strong writing skills, creativity and a diversified liberal arts and humanities background. The committee is also interested in experiences and activities that show a continuing or recent involvement in film and television studies, the arts or criticism. There are no admission interviews. The committee ensures that all applicants are judged equitably by limiting evaluation to the items listed.
The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Division of Cinema & Media Studies B.A. program.
- SCA Supplemental Application for Admission
- SlideRoom Application
- Cinematic Arts Personal Statement
- Writing Sample
- Project Question 1
- Project Question 2
- STARS Report
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
In order to be considered for admission, all required applications and materials must be submitted by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are submitted.
The School of Cinematic Arts cannot verify receipt of any application materials. Applicants may check their SlideRoom Application portal for the status of materials.
- Fall Admission: February 1st (Application will open on August 1st)
- Spring Admission - Current USC students only: September 1st (Application will open on June 15th)
View all Application Deadlines.
All applicants wishing to be considered for admission must complete the following steps in the application process where applicable:
Step 1: Submit the SCA Supplemental Application for Admission
To begin the application process, you must submit the SCA Supplemental Application online.
Step 2: Submit Supplemental Materials via the SlideRoom Application
In addition to the Common Application and USC Writing Supplement, all applicants are required to submit supplemental materials via the SlideRoom Application. Please be sure to submit the SlideRoom Application titled: "Cinema & Media Studies B.A. Program - Current USC Transfer Applicants". All materials must be submitted via the SlideRoom application and any materials sent by mail or email will not be considered.
- Cinematic Arts Personal Statement (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)
- Writing Sample (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)
- Project Question 1 (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)
- Project Question 2 (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)
- Letters of Recommendation
The Cinematic Arts Personal Statement should be a carefully prepared explanation of the applicant’s interest in joining the Division of Cinema and Media Studies that focuses on the unique elements the applicant will bring to our community. It should present a clear and accurate picture of the applicant, outline objectives in the area of cinema and media studies, and explain how attending the School of Cinematic Arts is vital to the applicant’s long-term goals.
The Writing Sample should be an analysis of some aspect of film, television, or new media; a discussion or application of critical theory; or a published article. We are especially interested in writing that illustrates your capacity for critical thinking and scholarly analysis.
Provide an example of a project that you have contributed to or led. Choose a project that left you feeling proud. Please describe the context of the project (e.g. the people involved the goals, etc.) and also describe your role in the project. Finally, state what about your role in the project gave you a feeling of pride. (No more than one page)
Describe a project that you have worked on that was a failure. Describe the situation in which the project took place, the objectives of the project and others (if any) who were part of the project team. Be clear about your role in the project. Describe how and why the project failed. Finally, summarize what you learned from the project and what you would do differently next time. (No more than one page)
Three letters of recommendation in particular format are required. At least one letter of recommendation must be an academic reference. All letters of recomendation must be submitted via the SlideRoom application. Applicants are responsible for requesting letters of recommendation as well as confirming that they have been submitted by the deadline.
Step 3: Submit a Copy of Your STARS Report
Please submit a PDF copy of your STARS report in the SlideRoom application.
You can save any document as a PDF (for free). Once you have your STARS Report ready to save as a PDF, click to print and then choose “Save as PDF” instead of selecting a printer.
View the step-by-step instructions here: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/how-to/print-to-pdf.html. Note: You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to do this; it is free download and available here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/.