Apply to Degree Programs

BA and PhD

Please visit the USC Admissions website for general information on admissions and to begin the online application.

In addition to the materials required by USC Admissions, the Media Arts + Practice program requires certain supplemental materials to be submitted through the School of Cinematic Arts website ( Applicants must submit the USC application and all Cinematic Arts supplemental materials to be considered for admission.

Application deadlines:

  • December 1 for PhD applicants
  • December 1 for freshman undergraduate applicants
  • February 1 for transfer undergraduate applicants (internal and external)

Media Arts + Practice does not accept students for the spring term. All applications will be considered for fall admission.

Apply to Non-Major Programs

Students who are interested in participating in non-major programs or courses should seek an appointment with the Media Arts + Practice academic advisor. Please note: non-major programs are only available to students who are already attending USC.

Minor or Graduate Certificate

There is no formal application for the minors in Digital Studies, Future Cinema or Media and Social Change, or for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Media and Culture. Students can add these programs to their record by filling out an add/drop form obtained from the Media Arts + Practice advisor. Most students choose to declare these programs after taking their first course – students may wait longer if necessary, but it is not encouraged.

Minor in Digital Studies, Honors Track

The application for the Honors track of the Digital Studies minor can be obtained from, and submitted to, the Media Arts + Practice advisor via email. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis – students will be notified of a decision within eight weeks of application submission. We highly recommend that students apply for the program within their first four semesters at USC, after completing two or more minor courses.