Jul 19, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2024-2025 
USC Catalogue 2024-2025

Media Arts and Practice (BA)*

The Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Practice is a hybrid theory/practice program integrating creative and critical approaches to the history, theory and practice of digital media in the 21st century. Students learn how to work with a broad spectrum of media-making tools, including video, sound, graphic design and interactive media, while also exploring the relationships among media forms, emerging technologies, and culture. Students explore an array of methods, including worldbuilding, design fiction and critical making, as well as how to integrate research and creativity while working with faculty mentors in SCA’s varied research labs. The Media Arts and Practice major is ideal for students who are innovative storytellers eager to explore a full range of cinematic techniques and platforms; who are committed to making a positive difference in the world; and who will use their skills across diverse fields after graduation.

Program Requirements

A total of 66 units is required to complete the major. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Additional Requirements

Thesis Sequence

The media arts and practice major culminates in a digital thesis project that students research, develop and construct during their senior year. These projects will engage a key issue faced by contemporary media arts practitioners and will represent the convergence of conceptual excellence and digital innovation.

Grade Point Average Requirements

A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be earned in all required and prerequisite courses. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower will not satisfy a major requirement.

Curriculum Review

Media arts and practice majors are expected to meet with an academic adviser every semester to review their progress. Contact the Media Arts and Practice program at map@cinema.usc.edu for an appointment.