Switching into Cinematic Arts


<p>I have very little knowledge on USC's policies on switching majors, and I found this information difficult to locate on college websites (even with a Google search!).</p>

<p>I'm hoping someone here, perhaps a student, can fill me in?</p>

<p>I got accepted into Roski School of the Arts for the 2012-2013 school year.</p>

<p>Oh, and congrats to everyone who got accepted today! (:</p>

<p>You can apply to change your major and join the School of Cinematic Arts, and people do it successfully every year, but doing so is not easy. You will need to submit the same sort of portfolio a freshman applicant would submit. If you wouldn’t be happy there if you failed to change your major, I wouldn’t recommend attending USC.</p>

<p>But unless your only entertainment industry goal is to be a hands-on filmmaker, there are many USC majors that lead to opportunities in Hollywood. For example, a production designer is more likely to come from Fine Arts than from SCA.</p>

<p>Thanks for the advice! Do you think Cinematic Arts is good for animation/3DCG (computer graphics)?</p>

<p>triggle, it is very difficult to make a transfer into SCA animation because it is a 4-year program. It is possible, if you submit a portfolio and are selected, but you would end up going to USC another 4 years. Perhaps it might be better to consider a SCA minor in Animation? Here’s the info: [USC</a> Cinema: Minor Programs | USC Catalogue](<a href=“http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/catalogue/schools/cinema/minors.html]USC”>http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/catalogue/schools/cinema/minors.html)</p>

<p>…just to add to madbean’s wise advice animation at the School of Cinematic Arts is a premier program. Facilities in SCA are “jaw dropping” as one non alumnus described them. A $50 million dollar gift was given to house the animation students in a state of the art building.</p>

<p>There are YouTube videos available from SCA about the programs, faculty and facilities. I suggest you view some of these to see what is available to students.</p>