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USC School of Cinematic Arts

USC School of Cinematic Arts
Motto Limes regiones rerum[1]
Motto in English
Reality ends here[2]
Established 1929
Type Private film school
Endowment $200 million[3]
Dean Elizabeth M. Daley Ph.D.
Academic staff
88 full time
200 part time[3]
Administrative staff
135 full time
300 student workers[3]
Undergraduates 865[3]
Postgraduates 653[3]
Location Los Angeles, California, United States

The USC School of Cinematic Arts (formerly the USC School of Cinema-Television, or CNTV) is a private film school within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California. It is the oldest and largest such school in the country, established in 1929 as a joint venture with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,[1][4][5] and is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious film programs in the world.[4] [6]

The school offers multiple undergraduate and graduate programs covering production, screenwriting, critical studies, animation and digital arts, and interactive media & games. Additional advanced programs include the Media Arts and Practice PhD Program, the Peter Stark Producing Program, and the Business of Entertainment (offered in conjunction with the USC Marshall School of Business MBA Program). The acceptance rate to the School of Cinematic Arts has consistently remained between 4-5% for the past several years, giving the school a lower acceptance rate than Harvard University, Stanford University and Yale University.[7]


  • History 1
  • Facilities 2
  • Distinctions 3
  • Notable SCA alumni 4
  • Notable faculty members and instructors 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The school's founding faculty include Douglas Fairbanks, D. W. Griffith, William C. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, and Darryl Zanuck.[5] Notable professors include Drew Casper, the Alma and Alfred Hitchcock Professor of American Film; Tomlinson Holman, inventor of THX; film critic and historian Leonard Maltin; and David Bondelevitch, President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

In April 2006, the USC Board of Trustees voted to change the school's name to the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[8]

On September 19, 2006, USC announced that alumnus

External links

  1. ^ a b c Michael Cieply, A Film School’s New Look Is Historic, The New York Times, February 9, 2009, Accessed February 10, 2009.
  2. ^ The New York Times reports the motto as meaning "Reality ends here", but a more direct translation of the Latin approximates as, "The border is the regions of things".
  3. ^ a b c d e USC School of Cinematic Arts, Accessed October 23, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Sharon Waxman, At U.S.C., a Practical Emphasis in Film, The New York Times, January 31, 2006, Accessed February 10, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Rachel Abramowitz, L.A.'s screening gems, Los Angeles Times, Accessed June 16, 2008.
  6. ^ Abramowitz, Rachel (2010). "LA's Screen Gems".  
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ Stuart Silverstein, George Lucas Donates USC's Largest Single Gift, The Los Angeles Times, September 19, 2006
  9. ^ John Zollinger, George Lucas Donates $175 Million to USC, USC Public Relations, September 20, 2006
  10. ^ Jordan Signs Cinema Pact With USC, USC Public Relations, September 20, 2006
  11. ^ Facilities
  12. ^ Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, USC School of Cinematic Arts Facilities, Accessed January 3, 2009.
  13. ^ USC Self-Guided Tour, University of Southern California, Accessed June 8, 2009.
  14. ^ a b c Mel Cowan, Cinematic Arts Celebrates 80th Anniversary With All New Campus, University of Southern California, March 31, 2009, Accessed May 1, 2009.
  15. ^
  16. ^ The Student Movie Makers, TIME Magazine, February 2, 1968
  17. ^ Rinzler, J.W., The Complete Making of Indiana Jones; The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films, Del Rey, 2008, ISBN 978-0345501295.
  18. ^ Bapis, Elaine M. , Camera And Action: American Film As Agent of Social Change, 1965–1975, McFarland, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7864-3341-4.
  19. ^ Alumni Profile: Cannes Do Spirit, Trojan Family Magazine, Spring 2002, Accessed September 19, 2006.
  20. ^ KAVI – a short film written and directed by Gregg Helvey » Cast/Crew. Retrieved on 2014-06-05.
  21. ^ Weinraub, Bernard. "FILM; An Unusual Choice for the Role of Studio Superhero", The New York Times, July 9, 2000. Accessed November 27, 2007. "Mr. Singer attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan for two years, and then transferred to the University of Southern California."
  22. ^ "Passings: Dick Hoerner, L.A. Rams fullback, dies at 88; John A. Ferraro, actor, director and USC teacher, dies at 64".  
  23. ^ Kaufman, Amy (October 9, 2012). "James Franco to teach a USC film production class next spring". Los Angeles Times. 
  24. ^ "Respected Cinematographer, Professor and USC Alumnus obituary". USC School of Cinematic Arts. December 2, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 


Notable faculty members and instructors


See also List of University of Southern California people

Notable SCA alumni

Awards for USC Cinema short films
  • Since 1973, at least one alumnus of SCA has been nominated for an Academy Award annually, totaling 256 nominations and 78 wins.[14]
  • Since 1973, at least one SCA alumnus or alumna has been nominated for the Emmy Award annually, totalling 473 nominations and 119 wins.[14]
  • The top 17 grossing films of all time have had an SCA graduate in a key creative position.[14]
  • The Princeton Review has ranked the Interactive Media and Games Division's video game design program best in North America multiple years in a row.
  • Both The Hollywood Reporter and USA Today have ranked SCA the number one film program in the world, with its unmatched facilities, proximity to Hollywood, and numerous industry connections being the primary rationale.
The Eileen Norris Cinema Theater, a 340-seat theater that regularly hosts film screenings, lectures, and special events.[12] It was where THX was first developed and installed.[13]


At the center of the new television complex is a statue of founder Douglas Fairbanks. He is seen holding a fencing weapon in one hand to reflect his strong ties with the USC Fencing Club.

Donations from film and game industry companies, friends, and alumni have enabled the school to build the following facilities:[11]


In the fall of 2006, the USC School of Cinematic Arts joined forces with the Royal Film Commission of Jordan to create the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA) in Aqaba, Jordan.[10] The first classes were held in 2008, and the first graduating class for the university was in 2010.

[1].The Walt Disney Company and 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. that was used in older campus buildings as well as the Los Angeles area. The project also received another $50 million in contributions from Mediterranean Revival Style, though Lucas was not fond of the architecture used in those buildings. An architectural hobbyist, Lucas laid out the original designs for the project, inspired by the wife His previous donations resulted in the naming of two existing buildings after him and his then-[9]

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