There are a few parking structures on campus. If you get your parking pass early enough, you can park at the Jefferson street structure, which is about a 3-5 minute walk from SCA. But if you wait to get your permit, or you have to wait for loan money to come through so you can purchase the pass (my situation) then Jefferson will likely be full, so you can get a parking permit for Royal street structure, which is an 8-10 minute walk from SCA, or Shrine structure, which is probably a 9-11 minute walk. There are a few 1 hour parking spots right outside SCA, but they're nearly always full, and they're only for 1 hour anyway. There's also street parking off campus but it's like a 15-20 minute walk.Thank you for these candid responses. Absolutely helpful.
I plan to live about half an hour from campus. Is the parking situation pretty bad at SCA? Is it tough to get a parking pass? And do those who live some ways off campus come to regret it or feel at a disadvantage academically/socially?
As far as living off campus, nearly every grad student does, but most of us are in apartments pretty close to USC. There are some people who live downtown or in Koreatown or out in the suburbs, and they seem to do perfectly fine, but I wouldn't recommend doing that unless you have a car. Also, just make sure to be aware that LA traffic is terrible. If you're trying to get to a 9AM or 6PM class, "half an hour off campus" is probably at least an hour away.
And if you live a ways away, but have a car or other means of transport, you should do just fine academically/socially. Since you'll be spending heavy amounts of time with your trio, you'll hear about chances to go get food together or go to an Escape Room or whatever activity your team wants to try. You'll likely have a day where there's class from 9-11:50 and then another class at 1, so you'll wind up finding classmates and eating with them. We all wind up doing that, so even if you live far away, there should be more than enough opportunity to socialize, and as long as you've factored in the driving time, you'll be fine academically too.
It looks like truffleshuffle already got to this one. I believe you can apply to multiple programs. There's a general application you submit to USC, and then there's a separate application you send to your school of choice. Then you'd just submit two separate applications to the Producing/Writing programs. There's different people reviewing the materials for each of the different programs so you might get in at one and not get in at the other, or hopefully you get accepted at both .Oh, since you're doing this AMA and are planning to respond to us future applicants, I have a question that I'd love to ask. When applying for grad school, are you allowed to apply to more than one discipline or do you have to commit to ONE program and apply to it alone? I want to apply to the producing program AND the tv writing program and am hoping I can submit two apps.
That being said, if you were to get into both programs, I don't think you can actually take both programs at once. I do know that there are opportunities for Production Students to take Writing classes and we sometimes have Crit Studies students in our classes, so if you were to get into writing or producing, the opportunity to take some cross-segment courses would very likely be available at some point.