An important part of the student experience is participation in extracurricular activities. The School of Cinematic Arts recognizes the following organizations that contribute to our community and encourages students to explore the opportunities for involvement available to them.
African American Cinema Society (AACS)
The purpose of this organization is to provide networking opportunities, provide a community and raise awareness about issues pertaining to African Americans in the film industry. The African-American Cinema Society works to highlight and promote art and artists who are invested in showcasing complex and sophisticated representations of blackness and the black diaspora. Contact us.
Amplify Writers’ Collective
"The Amplify Writers’ Collective is an organization within the School of Cinematic Arts dedicated to uplifting writers of color. Through workshops, read throughs, and facilitating candid group discussions, we work to create a space to help champion diverse stories. Our community aims to provide the tools to complete your script through special events like guest speakers and panelists who will share valuable insight into their craft. Learn how to Apply the Skills, Acquire the Network, and Amplify your Story!"
ART/EMIS is an intersectional creative community that develops a space for students at USC to explore and express intersectional feminism through creative work. We produce inclusive film, visual art, dance, theatre, music, digital media and more that center on the experiences of underrepresented communities. We work directly with students to bring their creative projects to life and collaborate with the larger USC community to host monthly events to encourage underrepresented groups to tell their own stories. We hope to empower students and inspire the conversations necessary to make social change.
Check us out at https://www.artemisatusc.com/ Contact us
Asian Pacific Cinema Association (APCA)
The Asian Pacific Cinema Association (APCA) provides creative and professional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level students interested in any aspect of the film industry. The organization fosters a community passionate about Asian American Pacific Islander film through collaborative projects, professional networking, and educational events. APCA focuses on highlighting Asian cinema and culture to foster deeper, complex representations of Asian American Pacific Islander culture. Find more information here linktr.ee/uscapca. Contact us.
Film and Television Writers of USC (FTW)
FTW is dedicated to creating television writers' room environments, organizing and hosting panels with industry professionals, and producing student-made film and television work by recruiting and training students for sets. FTW is the largest SCA Student Organization, with over 300 members across all classes and majors, working on over a dozen active sets and projects in development and production during the school year. Our primary objectives are to bridge the gap between the disparate SCA majors through independent productions led entirely by students. We actively seek to promote diversity of gender, race, ability, and sexual orientation both in front of and behind the camera. Contact us for more information, and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all of our announcements and events!
Fourth Quarter All-Stars
The Fourth Quarter All-Stars is one of USC's premiere sketch comedy groups, dedicated to creating a space for students to write, produce, and perform SNL-style comedy shows through live and video sketches. Through guest speaker events, tours at colleges across the country, and our annual USC sketch festival Sketchella, we provide opportunities for members to connect with the wider community of up-and-coming comedy writers, videographers, producers, and performers. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Instagram!
Latinx Film and Media Association (LatiFAM) aims to empower Latinx filmmakers and those interested in Latinx film. To promote community and pride, LatiFAM hosts bi-monthly events such as guest speakers, screenings, socials, and workshops. Our events have helped students within our organization to network, find new opportunities, and hone their craft. Through our shared love of Latinx culture and media, we hope all new members feel free to join us in this community and attend our upcoming events. Find more information at https://latifamdeusc.wixsite.com/latifam.
Makers of Entertaining Games Associations (MEGA)
MEGA is a student run organization which strives to promote and facilitate the art of game creation within the University of Southern California. MEGA is a community of students from many disciplines who collaborate in order to cultivate a deeper understanding of interactive development at open weekly meetings, in which members share current projects, discuss relevant news and host guest speakers from all corners of the industry.
Open Alpha USC (OA)
Bring a game from conception to an open-alpha release each development cycle (semester/year) with awesome people in this professional and academic org. As a member, you'll bring your own talent and vision to a real-world project in an exciting and fast-paced development environment. And best of all, you'll join the tight-knit Open Alpha family and partake in awesome community events throughout the semester. For more information, please visit our website.
Sack of Troy
Sack of Troy is USC’s second best satire publication. It writes about campus affairs, pop culture, and current events. Contact them with any questions, concerns, or compliments about their eyes.
SCA Graduate Council
The SCA Graduate Council is a student organization that aids in connecting the USC School of Cinematic Arts community. The council consists of representatives from each of the departments (Animation, Cinema & Media Studies, Interactive Media, Production, Peter Stark, and Writing) and three SCA GPSS Senators. The council holds open monthly meetings to discuss and support student issues and initiatives. All are welcome to attend, but please notify us ahead of time in regards to your issues/ideas.
Women of Cinematic Arts (WCA)
Founded in 2005, the USC Women of Cinematic Arts provides networking and mentoring opportunities for University of Southern California students and alumni, and encourages and supports the presence of women in creative roles in the film, television and digital industries. Contact us.
ZAP is a Media Arts and Club that aims to foster a creative, multimedia incubator for students. Through community bonding events, and group spearheaded media projects, we hope to build a community of collaboration to inspire the media-making process.
Zero for Conduct (ZdC)
ZdC (borrowed from Jean Vigo's 1933 film Zéro de conduite) is the representative organization for graduate students in the Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. Through bi-annual faculty/student mixers and town halls, social events, and workshops, we sponsor professional and intellectual development initiatives and foster social interaction among students in the program. Housed in The School of Cinematic Arts, our doctoral and master's candidates represent a wide range of research areas across film, television, and digital media and covering a diverse range of methodologies and topics. Each year we host First Forum, our student-run conference, which brings together graduate students and faculty from around the country and the world to discuss issues relevant to the current state of cinema and media studies.
There are over 600 student organizations recognized by the university and open to students.
If you are interested in starting your own student organizations or have questions, please contact Richard Amador in the Office of Student Services.