Applying to Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Arts
To apply to the Media Arts and Practice BA program, please refer to the admission guidelines on the USC School of Cinematic Arts website. Please note that applicants must complete both the USC Common Application and the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) Slideroom Application.
Step One: USC Common Application
For information on applying to USC and to start the Common Application (with the USC Supplement), please visit the USC Admissions website.
Step Two: School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) Slideroom Application
For information on how to complete the SCA Slideroom application, please visit the following links:
The SCA Slideroom application should be completed only after completing the USC Common Application above.
The following supplemental materials are required for the SCA Slideroom application:
- Personal Statement (for Current USC Transfers only)
- Image Essay
- Aspirational Portfolio
- Audio Portrait
- Letters of Recommendation (2)
- December 1 for Freshmen Applicants
- February 15 for External and Current USC Transfer Applicants
- September 15 for Current USC Transfers (for spring transfer)
Frequently Asked Questions
Students who are interested in participating in non-major programs or courses should seek an appointment with the Media Arts and Practice academic advisor. Please note: non-major programs are only available to students who are already attending USC.
There is no formal application for the minors in Digital Studies, Future Cinema or Media and Social Change. Students can add these programs to their record by filling out an add/drop form obtained from the Media Arts and 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.
*Digital Studies Minor, Honors Track
The application for the Honors track of the Digital Studies minor can be obtained from, and submitted to, the Media Arts and 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.