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The entertainment industry is exactly that: an industry, one that encompasses thousands of different careers that span from executive suites to far-reaching production sets, from the classroom to the writers' room. The Division of Cinema & Media Studies provides the kind of in-depth knowledge of media and entertainment that serves as a foundation for jobs at the talent agencies, management firms, production companies, and international studios that develop and distribute media around the globe.


Ph.D. student incorporates work in media and memory studies with cinematic representations of the Holocaust.

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SCA Scholars Engage the "Civic Imagination."

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Tara McPherson leads Teach In on the historic precursors of the January 6th insurrection at U.S. Capitol.

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Student Stories

Amanda Liaw

Amanda Liaw
Cinema & Media Studies '19

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Amy Louise Sotnick

Amy Louise Sotnick
BFA, Cinema and Media Studies '21

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Rohit Padmakumar

Rohit Padmakumar
BA, Cinema & Media Studies '20

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Featured Student Work

The Pamoja Project

This is Civilization

The Evil Inside

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Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts in Cinema & Media Studies offers an education in the cultural, historical, and narrative constructs of both new and traditional media. As a result, students develop the academic foundation necessary to excel in an industry that is constantly evolving and graduate with the broad tools and knowledge necessary to work in a variety of fields.

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Masters of Arts

A Master of Arts in Cinema & Media Studies offers a comprehensive examination of the cultural, artistic, and commercial contexts of media creation, consumption, and scholarship. Graduates from the MA in Cinema & Media Studies develop a sophisticated understanding of how creative expression, technology, business, politics, history and ideology are interlinked within American and international media trends. MA alumni have embarked on successful careers in the film and media industries, higher education, non-profits, curating, criticism and archiving.

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Doctor of Philosophy

Established in 1959 as the first PhD program of its kind, the Doctor of Philosophy in Cinema & Media Studies remains at the forefront of scholarly work in the cinematic arts. Students tailor their curriculum to their own creative and scholarly interests under the guidance of SCA's world-renowned faculty. Past PhD recipients have published award-winning books and essays, secured tenured positions at the most prestigious universities in the world, and have become influential public intellectuals in a variety of fields.

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Contact Information

The Division of Cinema & Media Studies
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Program Coordinator
University Park, SCA 319
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211
Phone: 213.740.3334