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The USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program has a rolling admission. After the application is reviewed, classes will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis upon acceptance. Therefore, we encourage students to apply early.

In order to apply to the program, you must first select the course(s) you would like to attend. Once you have selected the courses you would like to be considered for, you can begin the application process.

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
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The following are the required materials for admission consideration into the SCA Summer Program.

  • 30 Second Video Student Introduction (Required)
    • Please submit a 30-second introduction video of yourself and why you wish to attend the USC SCA Summer Program.
      • This video is a self-recorded interview and not a sample of work. Please make sure to show yourself speaking to the camera.
    • A few things to keep in mind to help you with your video introduction. These are not questions that you need to answer specifically in the video, but just thoughts to think about while making the video.
      • What do you wish to get out of attending our program?
      • Why the USC School of Cinematic Arts?
      • Why do you think you are a good match for our program?
      • What are your future ambitions and goals?
  • Writing Sample (Choose one)
    • Cinematic Arts Summer Program Personal Statement
      The Cinematic Arts Summer Program Personal Statement will be read by the Summer Program Admissions Committee as a measure of creativity, self-awareness and vision. We are looking for a sense of you as a unique individual and how your distinctive experiences, characteristics, background, values and/or views of the world have shaped who you are and what you want to say as a creative filmmaker. We want to know about the kind of stories you want to tell. Bear in mind that enthusiasm for watching films, descriptions of your favorite films and the involvement in the filmmaking process is common in most candidates. As a result, we encourage that you focus on your individuality. Note that there is no standard format or correct answer. (500 word limit)

    • Write a story about a character or person you find interesting or unique. For example, tell us a story about a person who was not what they first seemed to be, a person who had to make a difficult decision, or a person who made a difference in the world at great cost to themselves. This can be a character you devise or a real world person; it can be someone you know, or someone you don't. Communicate through your story why this person is so interesting to you. (500 word limit)

    • Write a review or analysis of a motion picture, television show, or content provided through a new media. (500 word limit)

    • A dialogue scene between two people in screenplay format. Provide a one-paragraph introduction describing the two characters before the scene. Title page is optional and does not count towards the three page limit. (three page limit)
  • Minor Students Application Requirements
    Minor students (16 & 17 year olds) are required to submit their most recent transcript (official or unofficial) and the USC SCA Recommendation Form from a school official. Please have your school counselor or official fill out the form and email it directly to Please note that this document should come from the official's email and not the applicants.
Submitting a Video

When submitting your video, please remember that you are submitting a link (URL) to your video (such as on YouTube, Vimeo, some other video hosting site, or your own website), not the video itself.

Do not secure your video with a password. Instead, we recommend that you make the video unlisted. The following descriptions apply to YouTube, but should be applicable to other video hosting sites. YouTube has three privacy settings: Public, Private, and Unlisted.