The USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program is a six-week program comprised of over 24 collegiate level courses. The program has a rolling admission and anyone ages 16 and above are welcome to apply. After the application is reviewed and approved, classes will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. All classes receive elective credit units and can be transferred to any university. Transcripts are available through the University Registrar's office once the course is completed.
The SCA Summer Program is academically rigorous in which each student's active and supportive participation is highly valued. The program is intensive, involving a variety of classroom study, homework assignments, activities, and events that are intellectually demanding and time-consuming. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from participation in a unique community of peers and must be respectful of others and thoughtful about the impact of their actions upon the community.
“The Summer Program should not be confused for a summer camp, rather it is an intensive program for dedicated individuals looking to gain or expand their knowledge in the world of entertainment.”
- David Weitzner, USC Summer Program Chair
Below are a few pertinent items regarding our Summer Program.
- IMPORTANT DATES
- FINANCIAL AID
- MINOR STUDENTS
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
- HEALTH SERVICES
- MEAL OPTIONS
- STUDENT ORIENTATION
- NON-CLASS ACTIVITIES
- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- SUMMER PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION
- LINK TO RELATED PAGES
Important Date(s) for SUMMER 2021:
- Application Opens: November 1
- Application Deadline (International Students in need of a visa): April 2
- Application Deadline (International Students with a valid visa): June 4
- Application Deadline: June 18
Summer Program applications opens on November 1 for the next summer. Once you select the course(s) you wish to apply for, the website will automatically move you in to the application section.
- If the application was submitted between November 1 and December 31, notifications will be sent out starting the second week of January once the university is back in session.
- If the application was submitted January 1 and on, notifications will be sent out approximately 2 weeks after the day of submittal.
For more detailed information about the application please visit the Online Application page.
The USC School of Cinematics Summer Program offers classes in many different aspects of filmmaking, such as:
All classes are:
- For full college credit
- 2, 3, 4, 6, or 8 credit units
- Graded with a Letter grade
- Provided with the same facilities and equipment used during the regular school year by full time SCA students.
The majority of our classes are taught by regular faculty members from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, who are also leading industry professionals.
For more details on the classes we offer, please go to the Classes page.
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. To determine your base tuition cost, multiply the collective number of units from your course(s) selection by the USC tuition value.
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
* Please note that this amount does not include all mandatory/optional fees.
If accepted into the program, a full tuition calculation worksheet will be sent.
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.
The SCA Summer Program does not offer financial aid to non-USC students. However, outside loans, scholarships, and other institution's financial aid may be applied towards the program.
USC housing is available for any students needing accommodations. Applying for housing is a different procedure for adults and minors.
*Please note that housing costs are separate and NOT covered in the student tuition.
- 18 years old and up
- Upon acceptance, an informational pack will be sent out via email.
- 16 and 17 years old
- For more information please view the Information for Minors web page.
The USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program accepts many high school students (minimum age of 16 years old) into the program every year.
For more information please view the Information for Minors web page.
The USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program welcomes students from around the world.
For more information, please visit the International Students web page.
The USC Engemann Student Health Center is available for our students to use when any health concerns arise. A required student health information form will be given out upon acceptance and must be turned in prior to arrival to the program.
A mandatory student health center fee will be applied upon registration into our program
A meal plan can be purchased separately after students have been registered for their classes through the USCard Services' website; however, we do not recommend that our Summer Program students purchase a summer meal plan as they are restrictive and not conducive to the rigorous class schedules of the students. If you plan on purchasing a meal plan for the summer, please note that once purchased, it cannot be refunded for any reason.
USC has multiple dining options on and directly off campus, including the University Village. These meals can be paid for with cash, credit/debit card, or by using the USC student ID card.
*Please note that meal costs are NOT included in the student tuition.
Orientation is mandatory for all accepted students. Orientation usually lasts about 2 hours and is only for Summer Program students.
- Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021
- Time: 2:00 pm.
*Dates and times are subject to change.
ACTIVITIES AND SPECIAL SEMINARS
- Special events with industry guests
- Pre-release movie screenings
- Special workshops and seminars
- USC Lyons Fitness Center, University Village Fitness Center, and Uytengsu Aquatics Center
- Special workshops and seminars
- USC Lyons Fitness Center and University Village Fitness Center
- A summer membership fee will need to be paid at the gym in order to gain access.
- Price: $55 (2019)
We do not schedule any extracurricular activities as this is an academic commitment and not a summer camp.
We do not schedule many activities for the minor student outside of their field of study given the rigorous academic schedule. When students are not in class they are prepping and filming projects, writing, producing and editing.
Upon acceptance into the Summer Program, more detailed information will be given with directions on how to set up the student's SCA Community intranet. SCA Community is an online student resource that contains detailed information about the Summer Program policies, rules, documents, and other valuable resources.
The first information packet will be emailed approximately 2 - 4 weeks after acceptance.
FITNESS CENTER WAIVERS
Accepted students will need to sign a waiver in order to access any of USC Recreational Facilities, such as the gym and swimming pool. Instructions on how to set this up will be given in the information packets that will be sent out upon acceptance.
SUMMER PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the summer!