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USC Film and TV production MFA Spring 2021 Applications

Chris W

Willem was robbed
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I interviewed as part of last year’s cycle and my interviewer told me she only selected a few people to interview so I don’t believe they do
If you read the article with USC admissions it's up to each individual person. Some people interview everyone... Others just ones they're interested in.

How to get Into USC Film School: An Interview With an SCA Admissions Committee Member

How to get Into USC Film School: An Interview With an SCA 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...
 

Angela Jiang

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Hey! Congrats on the invitation, Angela! I'm surprised they already started making moves this early. I haven't received mine yet, but I got an interview once in the last cycle and talked to others who had interviewed as well. I didn't get in, but I could shed some light on the kind of questions they asked and the advice I received from those who got in.

It depends on your interviewer, but they tend to ask around these topics that I thought might warrant some preparations before:

1/ Your portfolio and reasons for choosing USC.
2/ Your financial plan
3/ Your favorite filmmakers and films
4/ Your future professional goals

Other than that, the questions might occur organically depended on how the conversation goes. And that's really what the interview is - a casual conversation. You should prepare but always come in being as open and authentic as you can be. You would never know what the interviewer will ultimately ask. Therefore, state what is really true to yourself, and as long as it's appropriate, I think the interviewer will appreciate that much more than a scripted, prepared answer. While you do have to be yourself, I personally think you should come in with 200% energy, even if you are an introvert. Some of these interviewers might have talked with 20 different people before you, so you gonna have to keep them engaged. I think being very enthusiastic and excited about yourself, your projects and goals are the way to do so.

Keep us updated on how it goes :)! DM me if you need more info or specific questions.
Thank you so much for the advice, I’m doing preparation for the interview. We scheduled a phone interview on Thursday. Good luck on your application😊
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
I'm scheduled for Thursday as well! Any clue what they typically ask during these interviews?

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9 Important Tips for your Film School Interview

9 Important Tips for your Film School Interview

Got your film school interview coming up? The application and admission process for a competitive film school program can be overwhelming; our forums provide tons of experience from members spread out over the years on how their interview went, the questions they asked, and, in hindsight, the...

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Chris W

Willem was robbed
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Also check out last year's application threads for USC too:


 

ScriptToScreenDream

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I think I just got an email about an interview for this upcoming Sunday. I'm a little suspicious ONLY because it begins as "Hi there" instead of addressing me by name. The email is also from a gmail account (which I understand some instructors find it easier to use their personal emails for business instead of the usc email). It's from Jeremy Kagan, who I have confirmed is part of the SCA faculty. Has anyone else received anything similar?
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
Hi, I interviewed last Thursday, and it lasts for an hour! How long is everybody’s interview last? It more like a conversation for me, instead of an formal interview.
Awesome! Be sure to add your application to the site's database with the dates and everything and how the interview went. :)

 

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