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.

Honors in Multimedia Scholarship Program

The application for the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program can be downloaded here and submitted via email to the Media Arts + Practice advisor. 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 three semesters at USC, after completing at least one introductory level Media Arts + Practice course. Although the program does not require a large number of units to complete, it does work on a “foundation” basis which builds over a period of three or four years.

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.