USC School of Cinematic Arts

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USC School of Cinematic Arts
motto Limes regiones rerum
founding 1929
Sponsorship Private
place Los Angeles , California , USA
dean Elizabeth M. Daley
Students 876 ungraded, 715 graduated
Employee 88 (full-time), 200 (part-time)
Foundation assets $ 47,277,291
Cinematic Arts Complex

The USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA; until 2006 still School of Cinema-Television ) is the faculty of film studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles , California .


The USC School of Cinematic Arts was founded in 1929 as a joint venture of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences . It is the largest and oldest film school in the United States , and is considered the most prestigious of its kind. SCA has been named one of the best film schools in the world several times and has topped The Hollywood Reporter's rankings for seven years . The faculty offers various degree programs and degrees. Of the large number of applicants, only a few are admitted to the course (2019: approx. 3%). In 2012–2013, 876 of its students were candidates for bachelor's degrees and 715 were postgraduate students.

The school's founding faculty includes Douglas Fairbanks Sr. , DW Griffith , William C. DeMille , Ernst Lubitsch , Irving Thalberg , and Darryl F. Zanuck . Together with notable experts such as Jonathan Andrew Casper , the Alma and Alfred Hitchcock professors of American film; Tomlinson Holman , founder of THX ; David Bondelevitch, president of Motio Pictures Sound Editors; and Mark Jonathan Harris , documentary filmmaker.


Donations from film companies, friends and alumni have enabled the school to redesign the campus. Steven Spielberg donated $ 500,000 to the school in 1999. In April 2006, the USC Board of Trustees voted to change the school name to USC School of Cinematic Arts. On September 19, 2006, George Lucas donated $ 175 million to expand the school by 12,700 square meters. This is the largest donation from a private investor for the USC and also for all film schools worldwide. The school received an additional $ 50 million in grants from Warner Bros. , 20th Century Fox, and The Walt Disney Company in 2009 .


  • Since 1973 at least one SCA alumnus has been nominated for an Oscar every year , a total of 256 nominations and 78 victories.
  • Since 1973 at least one SCA alumnus has been nominated for an Emmy annually , a total of 473 nominations and 119 victories.
  • The 17 most successful films of all time had at least one SCA alumnus in key creative positions.
  • USA Today named SCA the Best US Film Program for its unmatched facilities, proximity to Hollywood, and strong industry connections.

Individual evidence

  1. Sharon Waxman: At USC, a Practical Emphasis in Film. In: The New York Times. January 31, 2006, accessed February 10, 2009.
  2. Rachel Abramowitz: LA's screening gems. In: Los Angeles Times. Accessed June 16, 2008.
  3. Jessica Cariaga: USC, NYU Top THR Film School Rankings Again. In: IndieWire. July 30, 2015, accessed August 15, 2020 .
  4. ^ Matthew Kreiser: Students raise concerns over workload, culture and climate within the School of Cinematic Arts. In: USC Annenberg Media. Retrieved August 15, 2020 .
  5. USC Cinematic Arts 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2020 .
  6. George Lucas & Steven Spielberg give to USC School of Cinema-Televison. Retrieved on August 15, 2020 .
  7. Michael Cieply: A Film School's New Look Is Historic. In: The New York Times. Retrieved August 15, 2020 .
  8. a b c USC Cinematic Arts | School of Cinematic Arts News. Retrieved August 15, 2020 .
  9. USC School of Cinematic Arts again named tops in US October 30, 2014, accessed August 15, 2020 (American English).

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