USC Cinematic Arts - Peter Stark Producing Program (MFA)

Degrees Offered
2 Year M.F.A.
Yearly Tuition
$50k to $60k
Tuition Detail

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Application deadline: November 1st

Acceptance Rate:

According to this Google doc, 1 out of 6 members were admitted in 2015 to USC's USC's Peter Stark Producing MFA for a 16% acceptance rate. For 2016, 4 out of 16 members were admitted to USC's Peter Stark Producing MFA for an 25% acceptance rate.

Application info:

Approximately 24 Peter Stark Program students are enrolled each fall (there are no spring admissions).

They do not accept late submissions:

from what I gathered at the two information sessions i attended they don't accept late applications. not even for those whose test scores come in late after they've submitted their application on time.
300+ people apply and 25 are admitted. 8% acceptance rate.

I know in one of the interviews they said that 300+ apply, about 90 of whom are pretty competitive, and about 25 are admitted. I was somewhat confident that I was in that 90, but I couldn't tell you what put me into the group of 30 (idk how many are on the waitlist, but I'm guessing it's not a long list) that are offered or almost-offered admission.

Interview Questions:

From this post:

Peter Stark Producing Program 2014/2015

my interview was in person at USC (I live in LA) and it was more like a conversation that an interview. Honestly it sounded my more like Richard trying to sell me the program than asking me why I wanted to apply, so I made sure I added nuggets of info about myself and why stark is the perfect fit for me in there. He did ask me what types of projects I'd like to produce and when I told him he asked what recent similar film I had seen which kind of took me by surprise a little. He asked about my job at Disney and why I wanted to go to stark since Im already in the industry.. Those are all the questions I really remember. Just be prepared to talk about yoursel and your background a lot!

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