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  • madeforuscmadeforusc 69 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Hey, I don't know! I just assumed that that was what I was supposed to do because I listed those as my options in the main application. Also, when I checked with the SCA Admissions team about whether I can overlap some of the content for each supplement (since some of the prompts are similar) they said it was fine. I would love to just do one supplement. It's a LOT less work! Is that what you guys are doing?
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  • EiffelEiffel 1191 replies179 threads Senior Member
    ^Oh, okay. Yeah...I don't see how any of my supplements for Screenwriting could overlap with the Production major. :-/ I'm really confused now. I mean, I just feel like I wouldn't have a great chance at the film major if I list it as my second choice. But I wonder if I should try anyway? I don't know...seems like a LOT of extra work that I might not have time for right now. :-/
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  • victoria2victoria2 39 replies15 threads Junior Member
    Awwww I'm so obsessed that I'm just gonna write in this thread without having anything important to say.

    Anyway, I think you should list the major you mostly want to major in as your first choice. (coming from a totally unrelated business intented major point of view).
    Yes, I know, this entire post sucks and has nothing to add. Goodbye now.
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  • EiffelEiffel 1191 replies179 threads Senior Member
    Actually, I think I AM going to try do both the Screenwriting and Production supplement. It'll be a ton of work, but I think it'll be worth it. :)
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  • madbeanmadbean 3156 replies85 threads Senior Member
    Suggestion: My S applied to 2 SCA majors and turned in 2 separate supplements. I agree with all above--So much work!!! But, each package goes to a different SCA admissions review staffer, so just copy the letters of rec, other overlap essays as needed. Btw, he was admitted to his first choice. We've heard of others who were admitted to their 2nd choice. Since Production is probably the most highly sought after major, it's not a bad idea to have a second major as backup.

    Best of luck.
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  • EiffelEiffel 1191 replies179 threads Senior Member
    Thanks, madbean! Actually, Screenwriting is my first choice and Production is my second choice. So that's what I'm wondering...since Production is SO many people's first choice, is there any chance for someone who puts it as a second choice to be admitted?
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  • dreamupsided0wndreamupsided0wn 1419 replies86 threads Senior Member
    Well, here's my logic: Production takes 50 people, Critical Studies takes 75. I'd be happy in either, so I put Production as my first choice because it's harder to get into and Critical Studies as my second. I feel like having both of them increases my chances a little bit, almost as if I'm applying to a program that takes 115 people rather than two separate ones.

    But yes, I'm doing both the P and CS supplements... I started working on them back in May because I'm so anxious. :/
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  • madbeanmadbean 3156 replies85 threads Senior Member
    Eiffel, it might be of more help to your chances to get accepted to SCA to put down Critical Studies as your second choice major. I believe CS and Production have many overlapping courses and SC takes more students so while it is crazy selective, it's NOT as insanely selective as Production. Heh. If there isn't a spot for you in Screenwriting (uber-small incoming class size), doing the supp for CS will show SCA that you are interested in more than just writing. There can be opportunities, once at USC, to change majors if openings occur, or you might opt to do a minor in Screenwriting if that's allowed.
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  • dreamupsided0wndreamupsided0wn 1419 replies86 threads Senior Member
    Don't worry Eiffel. I started an SCA thread a while ago asking if they would accept someone to a second-choice major and somebody told a story of how their kid got rejected from their first-choice but got into their second. They won't penalize you for having two choices.
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  • EiffelEiffel 1191 replies179 threads Senior Member
    Thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely look more at CS and see if it appeals to me. If I decide I prefer Production as a second-choice, though, I'll go ahead and apply for it. :) So thanks your advice, guys! And dreamupsided0wn, that's really good news that someone did get into their second-choice major when they were rejected from their first! :D
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  • dreamupsided0wndreamupsided0wn 1419 replies86 threads Senior Member
    If you can't decide between Production and Critical Studies, I'd say go for Critical Studies. Both programs allow you to take the same classes, and Critical Studies takes 25 more people than Production. But it's all up to you.
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  • EiffelEiffel 1191 replies179 threads Senior Member
    They allow you to take the same classes? You mean, some of the same classes as electives? Or...? (Sorry, this is all a bit confusing to me! :P)
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  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student 4999 replies47 threads Senior Member
    Production and Critical Studies share most of the classes together. Similar courses are highlighted in bold

    USC Catalogue: The Schools: USC School of Cinematic Arts: Film and Television Production
    Course Requirements Units
    CTCS 190 Introduction to Cinema 4
    CTCS 200 History of the International Cinema I 4
    CTCS 201 History of the International Cinema II 4
    CTPR 241 Fundamentals of Cinema Technique (taken concurrently with CTPR 242, CTPR 290, CTWR 413) 2
    CTPR 242 Fundamentals of Cinematic Sound 2
    CTPR 290 Cinematic Communication (taken concurrently with CTPR 241, CTPR 242, CTWR 413) 4
    CTPR 310* Intermediate Film Production (taken after CTPR 241, CTPR 242, CTPR 290, CTWR 413 and concurrently with CTPR 376) 4
    CTPR 376* Intermediate Cinematography (taken after CTPR 241, CTPR 242, CTPR 290, CTWR 413 and concurrently with CTPR 310) 4
    CTWR 413 Writing the Short Script I (taken concurrently with CTPR 241, CTPR 242, CTPR 290) 2
    CTWR 414 The Screenplay 2
    *Note that enrollment in CTPR 310/CTPR 376 requires meeting specific guidelines.

    and a choice of:
    CTPR 371 Directing for Television, or
    CTPR 475 Directing: Mise-en-Scene (Prerequisite: CTPR 310 and CTPR 376) 4

    One of the following courses is required:
    CTCS 367 Global Television and Media 4
    CTCS 392 History of the American Film, 1925-1950 4
    CTCS 393 History of the American Film, 1946-1975 4
    CTCS 394 History of the American Film, 1977-Present 4
    CTCS 400 Non-Fiction Film and Television 4
    CTCS 402 Practicum in Film/ Television Criticism 4
    CTCS 403 Studies in National and Regional Media 4
    CTCS 404 Television Criticism and Theory 4
    CTCS 406 History of American Television 4
    CTCS 407 African American Cinema 4
    CTCS 409 Censorship in Cinema 4
    CTCS 411 Film, Television and Cultural Studies 4
    CTCS 412 Gender, Sexuality and Media 4
    CTCS 414 Chicana/o Cinema 4
    CTCS 464 Film and/or Television Genres 4
    CTCS 469 Film and/or Television Style Analysis 4
    CTCS 478 Culture, Technology and Communications 4

    One of the following courses is required subsequent to completing CTPR 310/376:
    CTAN 448 Introduction to Film Graphics–Animation 4
    CTPR 480 Production Workshop I (narrative or documentary or video) 4
    CTPR 484 Advanced Multi-Camera Television Workshop 4
    CTPR 486 Single Camera Television Dramatic Series 4

    USC Catalogue: The Schools: USC School of Cinematic Arts: Critical Studies

    Required Courses units
    CTCS 190 Introduction to Cinema 4
    CTCS 191 Introduction to Television and Video 4
    CTCS 192 Race, Class and Gender in American Film 4
    CTCS 200 History of the International Cinema I 4
    CTCS 201 History of the International Cinema II 4
    CTCS 473 Film Theories 4
    CTPR 241 Fundamentals of Cinema Technique (taken concurrently with CTPR 290) 2
    CTPR 290 Cinematic Communication (taken concurrently with CTPR 241) 4

    One course from the following:
    CTCS 392 History of the American Film, 1925-1950 4
    CTCS 393 History of the American Film, 1946-1975 4
    CTCS 394 History of the American Film, 1977-present 4

    Four courses from the following:
    CTCS 367 Global Television and Media 4
    CTCS 400 Non-Fiction Film and Television 4
    CTCS 402 Practicum in Film/ Television Criticism 4
    CTCS 403 Studies in National and Regional Media 4
    CTCS 404 Television Criticism and Theory 4
    CTCS 406 History of American Television 4
    CTCS 407 African-American Cinema 4
    CTCS 409 Censorship in Cinema 4
    CTCS 411 Film, Television and Cultural Studies 4
    CTCS 412 Gender, Sexuality and Media 4
    CTCS 414 Chicana/o Cinema 4
    CTCS 464 Film and/or Television Genres 4
    CTCS 469 Film and/or Television Style Analysis 4
    CTCS 478 Culture, Technology and Communications 4
    CTCS 494 Advanced Critical Studies Seminar 4
    CTCS 495* Honors Seminar 4
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  • EiffelEiffel 1191 replies179 threads Senior Member
    Oh, okay, that makes it nice and clear; thanks! Now I just need to make sure the classes I'd forfeit in Production are ones I could do without. :P
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  • Alex7592Alex7592 747 replies210 threads Member
    I'm so obsessed!

    How am I ever going to pay for it?!
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  • madeforuscmadeforusc 69 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Thanks guys! This is awesome! At least now I know I'm not doing too much work for nothing! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
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  • EiffelEiffel 1191 replies179 threads Senior Member
    I second that: GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

    And Alex, don't you have a good chance at an academic scholarship? If not, do you have actual financial need?
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  • marmar16marmar16 185 replies43 threads Junior Member
    Wow, did I write this post? I'm absolutely OBSESSED with USC. A vision of myself opening the letter while the Fight Song plays in the background is a daily occurrence for me. If I don't get in, I'll be devastated.
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  • FauxNomFauxNom 1185 replies35 threads Senior Member
    Going back to the SCA hijacking of this thread (sorry) I wanted to let Eiffel know that there are lots of other classes available to crit studies majors that do not show up on the list of major requirements that Columbia provided. My son - whose main interest is cinematography - has taken things like Special Effects (fun class where you get to blow up models and such) and Motion Picture Camera. The classes that only production majors get to take include the sequence that culminates in a final film during senior year. Having seen how much time and money those things take, my son has decided he's happy to stick with crit studies, and help the production majors out with their films. He doesn't want to be a director, so he's fine with missing out on that opportunity. So ends the era of pondering whether to apply to switch over to Production.
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  • EiffelEiffel 1191 replies179 threads Senior Member
    Thanks so much, FauxNom! I do want to be a director, though. However, writing and directing are the two areas of film that I really want to get into. I enjoy doing cinematography and think I would find editing, producing, et cetera fun (I'd like to dabble in these sometime if I make it into the industry), but I think I could do without taking all the classes in them. Or I could even take a few classes in them, according to you, right?

    Also, do you happen to know if those classes (any relating to production) are available to Screenwriting majors? That is the major I most want, but I do want to be able to take a variety of film classes if that's possible.

    Thanks again for any info, and a big congrats to your son in getting into SCA! :D
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