Media Arts and Practice
Our programis dedicated to developing the creators and scholars of tomorrow through collaborative, experiential, and project-based learning and research.
Our classesare designed for individualized growth within a synergetic environment, utilizing constructive critical feedback to advance students in their respective academic, artistic, professional, and personal pursuits.
Our communityis diverse and inclusive, producing socially conscious scholarship and creative work.
Our facultyare passionate about the potential in current and emerging technologies and challenge our students to utilize their research and critical making to address society’s most pressing issues.
Our studentsare nimble, able to quickly and easily adapt to and critically engage with the latest technical, academic, and creative trends in the media industries and research fields.
Our locationis uniquely housed within the School of Cinematic Arts, where meaningful relationships form with innovative storytellers and scholars from across animation, media studies, games, writing, production, and beyond!
MA+P empowers students in the interpretation and design of media to be more engaged, active, and critical citizens for the 21st century.
MA+P teaches students how to tell compelling stories, create entertaining experiences, and leverage the power of new and emerging tools in order to communicate effectively and ethically.
MA+P alumni, unique in their breadth of technical and analytical skills, are innovative global leaders and scholars unafraid of change who have forged careers within the advertising, entertainment, design, tech, arts, education, and research industries.
What can you expect to learn in MA+P?
Research and Resources
USC is a world-renowned research university, and MA+P research focuses on the future of cinematic storytelling. Hands-on research experience gives MA+P students an edge while also helping them get acquainted with the newest media tools in the world.
To assist in this cutting edge research, students have access to SCA’s world-class production and editing facilities, cameras, sound recording equipment, lighting kits and more. MA+P students and students enrolled in certain MA+P courses also may use our Transmedia Studio for audio, video and green screen work, or work in SCA’s IMAX theater. Other resources include room-scale VR facilities, 3D printing, laser cutting and projection mapping tools.
Our facilities include:
- Sound Stages
- Fabrication Lab
- Wide format plotter
- 3D Printer
- CNC / Laser Cutter
- Audio/Video Green Screen Transmedia Studio
- VR/AR Workspaces
- IMAX Theater
- Dedicated PhD and Undergraduate Student Studios
- Computer Labs with a full suite of digital media software
- Gallery spaces for installation and performance
- Drone + Certified Drone Pilot
In addition to these production facilities, students may participate in research projects in one of the various SCA research labs, or work on short-term projects led by faculty members and fellow students.
What makes MA+P an unparalleled learning environment?
“MA+P sparks a new way of seeing the world and creating for the future. MA+P is grounded in studying the evolution and critical analysis of digital media, developing storytelling innovations, and forming creative and collaborative lifelong connections.”
—Ethan Kurzrock, BA, ’21
“MA+P is a community that truly encourages creativity and inspiration. My MA+P cohort has changed me from being closed off and judgmental to open to collaboration and critique.”
—Karen Abe, BA, ’23
Undergraduate Exhibition 2021
A selection of semester-long capstone projects from senior undergraduates in the Media Arts and Practice major and the Honors track of the Digital Studies minor.
Cyborg Love Story
An exploration of what it means to be loved, inspired by Donna Harroway’s Cyborg Manifesto.
Three Scholars Champion the “Civic Imagination”
In the summer of 2016, three USC scholars gathered at an 18th-century castle in Austria to teach 70 college students from around the globe how to dream about the future. The trio has continue to champion the practice of “civic imagination” through world-building exercises and have produced two recent books filled with fresh thinking about media activism.
Student helps teens build relationships with their grandparents — by documenting them on film
After seeing the distance between kids and their elders in his own Jewish community, Ethan Kurzrock (BA ’21) developed the Haggadah Project for L.A. middle schoolers.
DEGREES + PROGRAMS
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Media Arts and Practice
The BA in Media Arts and Practice is an interdisciplinary program for artists, storytellers and critical thinkers who want to harness the power of digital media to make the world a better place. Students learn to create experiences across a variety of different media platforms, while also studying the history and theory of these diverse technologies to better understand how they can impact our culture.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Media Arts + Practice
The Media Arts and Practice PhD program offers a rigorous and creative environment for scholarly innovation as students explore the intersections of cinema, design, emerging media and critical thinking while defining new forms of cinematic experience, research and scholarship for the 21st century.
Minor in Digital Studies
Honors in Digital Studies
Minor in Future Cinema
Minor in Media for Social Change
Graduate Certificate, Digital Media and Culture