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Bridging the Spectrum

USC Cinematic Arts

Bridging the Spectrum

At the USC School of Cinematic Arts, we are dedicated to providing an educational experience that enables and encourages success at every level across the full spectrum of film, television and interactive media. Our reputation as leaders and innovators precedes us around the world, and every year, our global network of alumni and students continues to uphold that reputation through their innumerable achievements to the industry. As the only school in the world that teaches all aspects of the cinematic arts, SCA is always at the forefront of change and is the most reliable training ground for the media industry’s next generation of visionary leaders and scholars.

The Power of Storytelling

Students who come through our programs today will be shaping the stories we tell for generations to come. Contributions to SCA help provide the tools they need to explore the full depths of their creativity, and to realize their leadership potential. The School of Cinematic Arts is home is a uniquely inspiring place made up of people who hail from across the United States and around the world. The viewpoints and experiences encountered here represent the full breadth of humanity and inspire a passion for transformative, cinematic storytelling that celebrates diversity and advances understanding. Whether specializing in scholarly analysis or production, the SCA campus inspires those endeavors, with its state-of-the-art classrooms and cutting-edge equipment. While the best cameras, labs, and screening rooms can’t guarantee success, it is impossible to experience the most innovative curriculum in cinematic media without them. And it is impossible for SCA to provide our leading-edge programs without the support of alumni, parents, and friends like you.     

 

 

Our recruitment efforts—especially in reaching talented high school students from underrepresented communities—benefit from the support of the entire Trojan community. More than 75% of SCA students need some form of financial aid to enroll in our programs. Our determination to attract students from around the world who have the potential to create inspiring, impactful work fuels the need to grow our work. The School’s success in this area would not be possible without dedicated support from alumni, parents and friends who value the School’s importance to the continued growth of our industry.

Click the photo above to read how Jillian Ruvalcaba discovered her love of filmmaking as a child. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

In the classrooms, laboratories, stages, screening rooms and other facilities of our Cinematic Arts Complex, SCA students are at the forefront of technological developments in our industry. Our faculty are some of the most acclaimed and accomplished practitioners and scholars in their areas of expertise. They serve as teachers, mentors, collaborators and guides in helping students discover their own unique voices within an expanding spectrum of creative technologies and emerging techniques. In addition to the majors of its seven division, SCA now offers 18 minors including Game Entrepreneurism, Science Visualization, Entertainment Business, Media & Social Change, and Comedy. There are interdivisional collaborations in Augmented and Virtual Reality, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Multi-Genre World Building, Themed Entertainment and other areas. The goal is to give students comprehensive exposure to all facets of moving arts production and scholarship in keeping with our teaching philosophy which is built on the understanding that people learn best by doing. 

Click the photo above to read how Mattie Rosen is parlaying a childhood love of video games into a potential career. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

From Classroom to Industry Professional

Through our Office of Industry Relations we partner with companies to provide internships and jobs to students and recent graduates and provide support in getting their work to film festivals around the world and other distribution channels. The quality of work from our students and alumni is why the School of Cinematic Arts is where the industry looks first when hiring the next generation of media makers, scholars, and innovators.

Undergrad Junior Brenda Chen led a team of 12 to develop the award-winning VR/touch interactive project "Santiago", which has been shown in Tokyo, at Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live.

SCA alumni are billed on some of the most buzzed-about shows of the year including Stranger Things, Atlanta, and Westworld and held key roles on the five highest-grossing films in the U.S. this year, including Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman.

As a collective, our Trojan Family is united in the effort to help each and every student make the transition from student to professional media creators and scholars. Our faculty members are making sure they are knowledgeable about the tools and techniques that are transforming and defining creative work in the 21st century. Our 14,000+ alumni—many of them among the biggest names in our field—are eager to provide the mentorship that has come to define the SCA alumni network.

Our Shared Goal

Freedom to innovate comes from having a community of supporters that is deeply committed to creating and maintaining a world-class educational environment. Generous support from alumni, parents and friends like you allows us to attract and enroll the most talented amateur media makers and to facilitate their journey in becoming professionals. It allows us to give students in our Writing Division places to work on scripts that communicate new insights about the human condition. It provides resources like those you will find in our Interactive Media Building, the most wired area in the SCA complex. It allows students to benefit from a peer group of boundless talent in environments that foster creativity, and to learn using equipment that matches (and in some cases surpasses) what they would encounter at the world’s most successful entertainment companies.

Whether in exploring cutting edge technology, providing financial aid and resources to deserving students, or expanding our celebrated curriculum, the USC School of Cinematic Arts is built on the contributions our community have made in transforming the entertainment and media industries. Your generosity and active involvement strengthens our SCA network and helps pave the way for the next generation of industry leaders and innovators who will continue to uphold our unrivaled legacy. Every dollar we raise benefits our students and their SCA experience, providing endless opportunities to realize their potential and actively live out their dreams.

Thank you for your support! Fight On!