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Who is my minor academic advisor?
Minor programs of study do not have assigned academic advisors. Your major academic advisor can prepare a general course plan for you that outlines space available that you can dedicate to completing your minor. If you have questions pertaining your specific minor requirements or exceptions please email those questions to the department administering the minor.

Who do I contact with questions regarding my minor curriculum or course d-clearance?
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What happens after I send an email?
Please be sure to thoroughly READ the automated message for the account you are emailing. It will contain answers to general questions, provide specific instructions for that respective semester or may redirect you to the appropriate email address if you have sent your request/question to the wrong account. A staff member will respond within 3-5 business days to your requests.

Can I declare more than one minor?
Yes, but all USC minors must have a minimum of 16 units unique, which means that they can apply ONLY to one minor or program of study. If you have a second minor or are majoring in an SCA program, each minor(s) will need to have a minimum of 16 units that does not overlap with any of your other major/minor requirements.

Can I declare a minor if I have a major in SCA?
Yes, but all USC minors must have a minimum of 16 units unique, which means that they can apply ONLY to one minor or program of study. If you have a second minor or are majoring in an SCA program, each minor(s) will need to have a minimum of 16 units that does not overlap with any of your other major/minor requirements.

What if I need to request a course substitution or exception for my minor?
Please email the department that administers the minor so that they can give you access to the proper forms via scacommunity.usc.edu. For the Cinematic Arts, Documentary, or Entertainment Industry Minor please email studentaffairs@cinema.usc.edu. For the Screenwriting or Comedy minor please email writing@cinema.usc.edu. For the Digital Studies, Media and Social Change, or Future Cinema minor please email map@cinema.usc.edu. For the Animation and Digital Arts, 3-D Animation, or Science Visualization minors please email dsigismondi@cinema.usc.edu. For all Game minors, Immersive Media, or Themed Entertainment minors please email USCinteractive@cinema.usc.edu.

What if I want to take a course that I have not met the pre-requisite for?
If you have comparable academic experience to the pre-requisite you would like to waive, please reach out to the administering department of the course to request access to the pre-requisite waiver on scacommunity.usc.edu. Please note that time to degree completion or course availability are not acceptable justifications for a pre-requisite waiver. We recommend that you initiate any requests the semester BEFORE you would take the course. Pre-requisite waivers will generally take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to review and we cannot guarantee that requests submitted during the first 3 weeks of the semester will be processed before the add/drop deadline. 

What happens after I submit a petition?
All petitions are reviewed by an advisory committee. We are not able to honor requests to expedite individual petitions. Advisors do not have the authority to approve or deny petitions. After your petition has been reviewed by the advisory committee you will be notified via email of the result. This process typically takes 2-4 weeks to complete.

Can I take any classes within the School of Cinematic Arts?
Open registration courses (courses in which the 5 digit section number ends in a “r”) are available to minors and non-majors provided you have met any pre-requisites or restrictions listed for the course on classes.usc.edu or via catalogue.usc.edu. D-clearance courses (courses in which the 5 digit section ends in a “d”) are either restricted to specific majors/minors or priority consideration is given to specific majors/minors.

How do I apply for d-clearance for an undergraduate production course?
Minors and Non-Majors can begin submitting d-clearance requests April 8th by emailing nonmajor@cinema.usc.edu with the course, section number, and your student ID number. It is your responsibility to verify that you have met any pre-requisites of production course as listed in catalogue.usc.edu or classes.usc.edu prior to submitting your d-clearance request. Priority for all d-clearance production classes is given to our majors. Minors and non-majors will be placed on standby and d-cleared after major students have been accommodated. We will update d-clearance requests once per week after April 8th. If you are d-cleared you will be notified via email and given until EOD Friday of that week to register. If you do not receive an email there have been no changes to your status on the waitlist. 1 week prior to the start of the semester waitlists will be finalized and forwarded to production faculty and we will no longer accept d-clearance requests via email without instructor approval. For questions regarding minor requirements or curriculum exceptions, please email studentaffairs@cinema.usc.edu.

What if I am waitlisted or placed on standby for a production course?
Major students have priority and are d-cleared prior to minors and non-majors. Waitlists will be updated once per week after April 8th. If you are d-cleared you will be notified via email and given until EOD Friday of that week to register. If you do not receive an email there have been no changes to your status on the waitlist. 1 week prior to the start of the semester waitlists will be finalized and forwarded to production faculty and we will no longer accept d-clearance requests via email without instructor approval.

Do I need instructor approval to d-clear for a production course?
Obtaining an instructor’s approval BEFORE the start of the semester will not increase your chances of being cleared for a course. Waitlists and d-clearance are based on the order requests are received starting April 8. After the start of the semester, waitlists are forwarded to the instructor and instructor approval is required for any d-clearance classes.
Please forward instructor confirmation to nonmajor@cinema.usc.edu.  

How do I apply for d-clearance for classes with the IML prefix (Media Arts + Practice)?
To obtain D-clearance please email the Media Arts + Practice department at map@cinema.usc.edu. Students can expect a response to their email within 3-5 days. Depending on the course requested, students may be added to a waitlist if priority is being reserved for Media Arts + Practice majors. If this is the case, non-majors on the waitlist will be granted clearance after all majors have registered. Clearances will be processed on a rolling basis, every day after April 8th, until the week prior to the start of the semester. Once classes begin, D-clearance requests will be require faculty approval.

How do I get d-clearance for a CTWR class?
If you are a student of SCA (major or minor), you must submit a d-clearance request through SCA Community. From the SCA Community homepage, locate and click on “SCA Forms”. There, you will eventually see a form titled: Writing – D-Clearance Request Form.

IF YOU ARE A DECLARED SCREENWRITING MINOR OR COMEDY MINOR, the aforementioned D-Clearance Request Form will be visible starting APRIL 6th before 12:00 PM PST. You can begin submitting your forms precisely at 12:00 PM PST. D-clearances are processed first come, first serve. Hence, the need for a clear start time (12:00 PM PST). Also for this reason, we don’t make the D-Clearance Request Form visible too far in advance to avoid confusion about when you can submit your form.

ALL OTHER SCA STUDENTS, the aforementioned D-Clearance Request Form will be visible starting APRIL 8th before 12:00 PM PST. You can begin submitting your forms precisely at 12:00 PM PST. D-clearances are processed first come, first serve. Hence, the need for a clear start time (12:00 PM PST). Also for this reason, we don’t make the D-Clearance Request Form visible too far in advance to avoid confusion about when you can submit your form.

IF YOU ARE NOT AN SCA STUDENT, you can email writing@cinema.usc.edu for a PDF copy of the D-Clearance Request Form. Once your form is completed, you can email back your form to writing@cinema.usc.edu starting precisely at 12:00 PM PST on APRIL 8th. D-clearances are processed first come, first serve. Hence, the need for a clear start time (12:00 PM PST).

When will I hear back about my WST d-clearance request(s)?
D-clearance requests take 7-10 business days to process. Once your form is processed, you should receive an automated email via SCA Community from writing@cinema.usc.edu. In that email, it will only state if your form has been “approved” or “denied”. You must click on the form link in that email to see the details about your d-clearance (d-clearance expiration date, if you are on the waitlist, if you’ve been denied and why).

If you do not hear back about your d-clearance request in 10 business days, login to SCA Community > go to “SCA Forms” > then “Your Form History”. There, you should see your submitted D-Clearance Request Form and can check its status that way.

How do I get on the waitlist for a CTWR class?
Please note: Open registration classes do not have waitlists.

If you submitted a D-Clearance Request Form but the class(es) are already full, you are automatically added to the waitlist in the order the forms were received. By policy, we do not share waitlist positions with students or faculty.

Sometimes, Web Registration/Schedule of Classes show seats available in classes yet your D-Clearance Request Form states you are on the waitlist. This is because at the time, all class seats have been d-cleared for. Students have a limited number of days to register for the class before their d-clearance expires. If they do not register for the class before their d-clearance expires, the department d-clears a different student from the waitlist.

How will I know when I’m off the waitlist of a CTWR class?
The Writing Division will send you an email when you are next on the waitlist and have been d-cleared into the class.

Can I take CNTV 458, CNTV 463, or CTPR 410 (Wed. section)?
These courses are for Business of Cinematics Arts students only. These students are undergraduate Business Administration Marshall students and these are required classes for their program. These courses may not be taken as electives or applied toward any of the SCA minors.
Please see the note on the schedule of classes – Restriction: Registration open to the following major(s): Business Administration (Cinematic Arts). This does not apply to the Cinematic Arts minor or Entertainment Industry minor.

Can I take Graduate Courses in the Business of Entertainment (CNTV 521, CNTV 523, CNTV 525, CNTV 563):
First priority is given to graduate students in SCA, Marshall, and officially enrolled BSET graduate cert. Second priority is given to all other graduate student. Undergraduates received third priority and will be placed on a waitlist and cleared if there are spaces available in classes. Industry Relations will begin processing the waitlist within two weeks of the start of the semester. If d-cleared, all undergrads must request a memo of approval from their major program advisor to be submitted to Registrar in order to register for a course at the graduate level. Please email BSET@cinema.usc.edu

How do I d-clear for CNTV 440 and CNTV 457?
Industry Relations will begin accepting D-Clearance requests as of March 15th via bset@cinema.usc.edu. Students please include name, USC ID, major/program in email request. For CNTV 440: Entertainment Industry Minors will have a priority registration window through April 16th (must be officially enrolled / appear on transcript). After April 17th all other D-Clearance requests will be processed / active. If the class fills, students will be moved to waitlist and emailed for confirmation.

What if I’m trying to d-clear for a course after the semester begins?
After the start of the semester instructor approval is required for any d-clearance classes in Animation, Interactive, Production, Cinema and Media Studies, or Media Arts & Practice. You still need to have met any pre-requisites, pre-requisites can be viewed via classes.usc.edu or catalogue.usc.edu.

How do I declare the Cinematic Arts Minor?
[link to catalog listing]
Introductory class recommendation: CTCS 190
To declare this minor please fill out the form here. Add minor requests are processed prior to the start of the next academic semester. To ask questions, please email studentaffairs@cinema.usc.edu. Students can expect a response to their email within 3-5 business days.

For the 8 additional upper-division units of Cinematic Arts electives required for the Cinematic Arts minor these need to be in addition to the courses completed from the prescribed list and include any SCA courses that are 300-499 level that are open registration or that you have the pre-requisite for (CNTV, CTCS, CTPR, CTAN, IML, CTWR, CTIN).

How to declare an Entertainment Industry Minor?
[link to catalog listing]
Students must have completed either CTCS 190 or CTCS 191 with a C or better to be eligible to declare this minor. After you have received the grade, please fill out the form here. Add minor requests are processed prior to the start of the next academic semester. To ask questions, please email studentaffairs@cinema.usc.edu. Students can expect a response to their email within 3-5 business days.

How do I complete CNTV 495 (Internship in Cinematic Arts) for the Entertainment Industry Minor?
Students are required to secure their own internship. Please use the SCA Job Board and the tools available under the Industry Relations resources on scacommunity.usc.edu to search and apply for internships. Once you receive an internship offer, you can request the d-clearance through the Internship Form on the “SCA Forms” tool of scacommunity.usc.edu. Entertainment Industry Minors are required to complete 2 units of CNTV 495 for the minor. This can be completed in one semester or you can take CNTV 495 for 1 unit twice.

How do I declare the Digital Studies Minor
[link to catalog listing]
Introductory class recommendations for interested students: IML 140, IML 104 or IML 201
No application needed. To declare this minor, or to ask questions, please email the Media Arts + Practice department at map@cinema.usc.edu. Students can expect a response to their email within 3-5 days. 

How do I declare the Media and Social Change Minor
[link to catalog listing]
Introductory class recommendations for interested students: IML 295, CTCS 192, or CTWR 211
No application needed. To declare this minor, or to ask questions, please email the Media Arts + Practice department at map@cinema.usc.edu. Students can expect a response to their email within 3-5 days.  

How do I declare the Future Cinema Minor
[link to catalog listing]
Introductory class recommendations for interested students: IML 365
No application needed. To declare this minor, or to ask questions, please email the Media Arts + Practice department at map@cinema.usc.edu. Students can expect a response to their email within 3-5 days. 

How do I declare the Documentary Minor?
[link to catalog listing]
Introductory class recommendation: CTCS 400 (Fall Only)
To declare this minor please fill out the form here. Add minor requests are processed prior to the start of the next academic semester. To ask questions, please email studentaffairs@cinema.usc.edu. Students can expect a response to their email within 3-5 business days.