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Q. Who teaches the Summer Program classes? What is the faculty/student ratio?
Instructors for the Summer Program are selected primarily from our regular degree program faculty. All members of the Summer Program faculty are working filmmakers, writers, producers, or critics. Our classes typically have one instructor for every ten students. All production classes also have course assistants to help with equipment checkout and usage, and production processes.

Q. Are these classes for college credit?
All classes in the Summer Program are regular elective courses in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, are graded, and offer transferable university credits. These courses will be on an official USC transcript upon successful completion of the program. Once the course is completed, transcripts can be ordered from:

Q. Do I own the rights to my film?
USC retains the copyright to ALL short films created within the class. Intellectual property (scripts, treatments, etc.) remains with the filmmaker. Only the tangible film rights are held (the piece created at USC).

Q. Does USC own the script to my short film?
No. USC only holds the rights to the physical film.

Q. If USC owns my film, am I allowed to show it/ send it to festivals?
A student film may be shown/sent to festivals as long as a proper production book is completed for that film. A production book consists of permits/ releases and rights for everything in the film (actor, location, story, music, etc.). The Production book process is outlined and explained in detail in all Summer Program production courses.

Q. Is Financial Aid available for the Summer Program Classes?
Unfortunately, USC sponsored financial aid is not available for summer class.

Q. Do I have to provide my own camera, film and processing, or digital and/or film stock?
The Summer Program provides all cameras, film & processing, and digital media. Depending on the course, the equipment/media quantities may vary. Some students elect to bring their own camera or other equipment; however, USC does not insure outside gear.

Q. I have been working for a few years in film. What is available for me?
We have students who have worked in the industry, but have been sidetracked from their original goal of filmmaking, and want to reconnect with their dream. We have production courses for all levels of ability and interests. Our writing courses are designed for both the beginning writer and the writer experienced with works in-progress.

Q. What is the cost of Seminars, Program Events and Workshops?
All Summer Program seminars, events and workshops are available to enrolled Summer Program students at no additional charge.

Q. What is the cost of classes?
The University determines tuition and it is based on the number of units in your desired class. Summer 2021 tuition at USC is $1,995.00 (USD) per unit. You can multiply that by the number of units you are going to sign up for, to determine your base tuition cost.

For example, a two-unit class would be $3,990.00 (USD) for tuition only.
2 units x $1,995.00 = $3,990.00
4 units x $1,995.00 = $7,980.00
6 units x $1,995.00 = $11,970.00
8 units x $1,995.00 = $15,960.00

At the beginning of each online detailed class description you will find the number of units for each class as well as the dates, days and times it meets.

Q. Is University-owned housing available?
University-owned housing is available each summer to all Summer Program students and each year ample housing has always been available. USC offers tram service to all USC owned housing facilities and security escorts for late hours. For more general information about housing please visit their website at:

Q. What is the application process?
The online application form for the Summer Program is located on this website. All required information (with exception of the additional documents needed for minor students) is included in the application. Each application will be reviewed for both accuracy and to verify that your experience and goals match your chosen course(s). You will be required to submit a 250 - 500 word essay during this application process. We suggest that you prepare this early and have it ready when applying. Please remember, the application process is based solely on this essay so it must clearly articulate your reasons for wanting to attend the School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program as well as any biographical information (previous experience, education, etc.) you feel is appropriate. Once we have reviewed your application, you will receive notification on whether or not you have been accepted, and confirmation of your course choice dependent upon availability. Please note: Some courses remain open until the start of the program, but most fill more quickly. The Summer Program application process is based on rolling admission so we always encourage students to apply as early as possible.

As you may know, it is normally very difficult to gain admittance to USC School of Cinematic Arts for the regular school year, which is why the Summer Program provides this unique learning environment that gives all students the tools to find and pursue their filmmaking dreams.

We look forward to seeing you soon.