University of Southern California (USC)
Los Angeles, United States
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School of Cinematic Arts
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, California 90007
Tel. +1 213-740-8358
Email. via the contact form
Are foreign students accepted?
Under Graduate Degree (Bachelors), Graduate Degree (Masters), Post-Graduate (PhD), Short Professional Courses
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Camera Formats Used
MiniDV, Pro DV (DVCAM/DVCPRO), HDV, HDCAM/HDTV, 16mm, 35mm
Post-Production Systems Used
Avid Xpress/DV, Avid (High End), Flatbed Film Editing, ProTools
Average Age of Equipment
11 - 20 Years
Reviews of University of Southern California (USC)
The school more than holds up to its reputation and by far surpassed my imagination. Like so many other graduates, the school did little to produce any contacts for job offers or suggest appropriate analysis and preparation for that particular niche you may be good at, once graduated. If you attend USC and plan to go into directing after graduation, you MUST have three things: Talent, Contacts and a lot of money. USC excels in the first, is mute on the second and leaves you bankrupt with the third. On a positive note, there was no shortage of new, expensive and actual industry equipment to use -- and boy did we pay for it. I graduated 19 years ago and am still paying off student loans as well as costs not covered by loans. Because of a HOLD they placed on my transcript it will still be 18 months before I will be able to attend grad school. While I would love to go back to USC, I will be applying to more cost effective schools here in Florida. I given the school an Excellent mark, because it really does have the best teachers, knowledge, theories and practical experience one could ever dream of.
The University of Southern California is a professional's school, in my opinion. I found myself deeply in debt after receiving a marginal, if not poor, general education. G.E. requirements are best taken care of at community colleges or state schools who are accredited by USC. However, the film school at USC is terrific, as are most of the degree programs. I was in the Film Writing program and found it to offer excellent training in my field. I have heard complaints from many students that USC doesn't help graduates find work in the film industry. It is true that this search can be painstakingly difficult. USC could do a better job of introducing students to the professional marketplace. It is very different from the college experience, and some help in adapting to the change would be appreciated by many, I'm sure. However, students who take initiative usually find the connections and advantages they need to get started. After working in L.A. for a while, I moved back to the midwest to start my own commercial video production company (Ride Productions - www.rideproductions.com). I'm building this company to help finance independent films I want to shoot in the midwest. So far, the USC Film degree has made a major impression on clients and businesses. Few people are as accustomed to such big name film degrees here in the midwest. In California, every other person has a film degree and everyone owns their own production company. All in all, USC can open a lot of doors if you market yourself and the degree well. Otherwise, the diploma is just about the most expensive piece of paper you'll ever buy.
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