How to Get Into USC SCA in 2024: More Tips for Applying from a Committee Member

This article is in the series How to get Into USC SCA: Advice from an Admissions Committee Member
As the oldest film school in the U.S., University of Southern California School of the Arts has taught more than ten thousand filmmakers how to create exceptional narrative films and documentary films. In 2023, TheWrap ranked USC SCA the #2 best film school in the country, praising its advanced filmmaking facilities, generous endowments, and impressive number of alumni attending Sundance and other acclaimed film festivals. The University's commitment to staying atop of future filmmaking trends while nurturing its student body — from padding financial aid for incoming students and veterans to increasing equity and diversity — underscores its prestige.

As a special bonus article for's Supporting Members, Alexa Pellegrini for followed up with a USC SCA undergraduate admissions committee advisor @USCSCAAlumni/Faculty after their first interview with tips for admissions and attending USC SCA. They work as a screenwriter and an undergraduate film professor in the Production division. They received their MFA from USC SCA's Film & Television Production program and were a member of before attending film school.

This interview is exclusively for Supporting Members. It is approximately 4,413 words and explores tips for applying to USC SCA, more on the Production program, and advice for networking and growing as a filmmaker during and after attending USC SCA.

Read our original interview with @USCSCAAlumni/Faculty here:

How to get Into USC SCA: Advice from an Admissions Committee Member

How to get Into USC SCA: Advice from an Admissions Committee Member

Considered by many to be the best film school in the world, it’s no wonder why the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is so sought after by prospective undergraduate and graduate students alike. However, the film school’s prestige can often make the application process particularly stressful and...

1. Has USC SCA's admissions process changed since your last interview? If so, how?​

It's hard for me to recall exactly what the admissions process was...
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