USC School of Cinematic Arts

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USC School of Cinematic Arts
USC School of Cinematic Arts logo.svg
MottoLimes regiones rerum [1]
Motto in English
Reality ends here [2]
Type Private film school
Established1929
Endowment $200 million[ citation needed ]
Dean Elizabeth M. Daley, Ph.D.
(1991–present)
Academic staff
96 full time
219 part time [3]
Administrative staff
144 full time
499 student workers [3]
Undergraduates 876 [3]
Postgraduates 715 [3]
Location, ,
Website cinema.usc.edu

The USC School of Cinematic Arts (commonly referred to as SCA)—formerly the USC School of Cinema-Television, otherwise known as CNTV—is a private media school within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. The school offers multiple undergraduate and graduate programs covering film production, screenwriting, cinema and media studies, animation and digital arts, media arts + practice, and interactive media & games. Additional programs include the Peter Stark Producing Program and the Business of Entertainment (offered in conjunction with the USC Marshall School of Business MBA Program).

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It is the oldest, largest, and arguably most reputable such school in the United States, established in 1929 as a joint venture with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [1] [4] [5] Having been ranked as one of the best film schools in the world on several occasions, SCA has most notably topped THR's ranking for seven consecutive years. As such, admissions into the school are extremely competitive, with an estimated 2–3% acceptance rate. [4] [6] [7]

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honorary organization of film professionals

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History

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The George Lucas Instructional Building (top) was demolished in 2009 after the opening of the new Cinematic Arts Complex (bottom).

The school's founding faculty include Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, D. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, William C. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, and Darryl Zanuck. [5] Notable professors include Drew Casper, the Alma and Alfred Hitchcock Professor of American Film; Tomlinson Holman, inventor of THX; film critic and historian Leonard Maltin; and David Bondelevitch, President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

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In April 2006, the USC Board of Trustees voted to change the school's name to the USC School of Cinematic Arts. [8]

On September 19, 2006, USC announced that alumnus George Lucas had donated US$175 million to expand the film school with a new 137,000-square-foot (12,700 m2) facility. This represented the largest single donation to USC and the largest to any film school in the world. [9] His previous donations resulted in the naming of two existing buildings after him and his then-wife, though Lucas was not fond of the architecture used in those buildings. An architectural hobbyist, Lucas laid out the original designs for the project, inspired by the Mediterranean Revival Style that was used in older campus buildings as well as the Los Angeles area. The project also received another $50 million in contributions from Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company. [1]

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In fall 2006, the school, together with the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, created the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA) in Aqaba, Jordan. [10] The first classes were held in 2008, and the first graduating class for the university was in 2010.

Royal Film Commission – Jordan organization

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Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts

The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA) is the first and only MFA program in Cinematic Arts for the Middle East and North Africa. It is based in Aqaba, Jordan. RSICA is a joint effort of Royal Film Commission – Jordan and the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Its students are women and men from the MENA region in a specialized learning environment dedicated to teaching the six key disciplines of the cinematic arts.

Aqaba City in Aqaba Governorate, Jordan

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Facilities

Donations from film and game industry companies, friends, and alumni have enabled the school to build the following facilities: [11]

At the center of the new television complex is a statue of founder Douglas Fairbanks. He is seen holding a fencing weapon in one hand to reflect his strong ties with the USC Fencing Club.

Distinctions

The Eileen Norris Cinema Theater, a 340-seat theater that regularly hosts film screenings, lectures, and special events. It was where THX was first developed and installed. 052707-022-NorrisCinema-USC.jpg
The Eileen Norris Cinema Theater, a 340-seat theater that regularly hosts film screenings, lectures, and special events. It was where THX was first developed and installed.
Awards for USC Cinema short films

Notable SCA alumni

See also List of University of Southern California people

SCA has more than 10,000 alumni. [3] [21] Among the most notable are:

Other notable faculty members and instructors (past and present)

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