USC School of Cinematic Arts

“Just keep sending me magicians,” said Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg at the dedication of the Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Center for Animation. “For us to be able to invest in the next generation of artists, filmmakers, storytellers and dreamers is a blessing.” Fellow School of Cinematic Arts supporters George Lucas (right) and Steven Spielberg spoke at the gala ceremony.

The USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is one of the nation’s preeminent centers for the creation, study, research and development of film, television and interactive media. With a new 137,000 square-foot main complex, the school confers degrees ranging from the bachelor’s to the doctorate. The SCA is composed of six divisions: John C. Hench Animation and Digital Arts, Critical Studies, Film and Television Production, Interactive Media, Peter Stark Producing, and Writing, in addition to the interdivisional Media Arts and Practice Ph.D. The school also has two organized research units – the Institute for Multimedia Literacy and the Entertainment Technology Center.

Since its founding in 1929 as the first course of study in film at any college or university in the United States, USC’s cinema program has consistently set the academic and professional standards for excellence. Besides offering the first undergraduate and doctoral degree programs in the field, the school has established a record-breaking number of endowed chairs in the discipline; created production facilities that rival or exceed industry counterparts; and gathered extraordinary faculty and staff who impart their guidance, skills and knowledge as they work one-on-one with students.

Thanks to its location in the heart of Los Angeles, SCA students have access to the country’s leading film, television, animation and interactive gaming producers; world-class literary and talent agencies; libraries and archives brimming with research materials; and a vast alumni community that actively supports the school and the men and women in its academic body. The school is also home to USC’s Trojan Vision television station, which reaches nearly two million households.

Perhaps the school’s most important attribute, however, is its time-tested philosophy that recognizes a student can only truly excel in his or her chosen area of expertise after exposure to all elements of the art form. Consequently, there is an emphasis on cross-disciplinary course work that ensures writers get behind the camera; critical studies scholars edit footage; and production majors examine the canon of work from a rigorous academic perspective.


Elizabeth M. Daley, Ph.D., Dean

Office of Student Services

Brian Harke, Associate Dean, Student Services
(213) 740-8358

Critical Studies

David James, Division Chair
School of Cinematic Arts 320
(213) 740-3334*

Film and Television Production

Michael Taylor, Division Chair
School of Cinematic Arts 434
(213) 740-3317*

Interactive Media

Tracy Fullerton, Division Chair
School of Cinematic Arts 2nd Floor
(213) 821-4472*
FAX: (213) 821-2665

Writing for Screen and Television

Jack Epps Jr., Division Chair
School of Cinematic Arts 335
(213) 740-3303*
FAX: (213) 740-8035

Peter Stark Producing Program

Lawrence Turman, Division Chair
School of Cinematic Arts 366
(213) 740-3304
FAX: (213) 745-6652

John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts

Kathy Smith, Division Chair
School of Cinematic Arts – Building B 210
(213) 740-3986*
FAX: (213) 740-5869

Institute for Multimedia Literacy

Holly Willis, Director of Academic Programs
746 W. Adams Blvd.
(213) 743-2198

Media Arts and Practice Ph.D. Program

Institute for Multimedia Literacy
746 W. Adams Blvd.
(213) 743-4421
FAX: (213) 746-1226

*For information regarding admission, call (213) 740-8358.


Steven J. Ross/Time Warner Endowed Dean’s Chair in Cinema-Television: Elizabeth M. Daley, Ph.D.

Dana and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli Endowed Chair in Producing: John Watson, M.A.

The Larry Auerbach Endowed Chair: Larry Auerbach

Electronic Arts Endowed Chair in Interactive Entertainment: Tracy Fullerton, MFA

Conrad Hall Chair in Cinematography and Color Timing: Judy Irola

Hugh M. Hefner Chair for the Study of American Film: Richard B. Jewell, Ph.D.

Alma and Alfred Hitchcock Chair for the Study of American Film: Drew Casper, Ph.D.

Stephen K. Nenno Endowed Chair in Television Studies: Ellen Seiter, Ph.D.

Jack Oakie Chair in Comedy: Jack Epps Jr., B.A.

Mary Pickford Foundation Endowed Chair: Doe Mayer, M.A.

The Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture: Todd Boyd, Ph.D.

Kay Rose Endowed Chair in the Art of Sound and Dialogue Editing: Midge Costin, M.A.

Fran and Ray Stark Endowed Chair for the Study of American Film: Lawrence Turman, B.A.

Ken Wannberg Endowed Chair in Music Editing: Kenneth Hall, M.A.

Dino and Martha De Laurentiis Endowed Professorship: Mary Sweeney, M.A.

Presidential Professor of Cinematic Arts: George Lucas, B.A.

Judge Widney Professor: Robert Zemeckis

Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts: Henry Jenkins, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor: Mark J. Harris, B.A.

Professors: Anne Balsamo, Ph.D.; Don Bohlinger, MFA; Todd Boyd, Ph.D.; Drew Casper, Ph.D.; Elizabeth M. Daley, Ph.D.; Scott Fisher, M.S.; Norman Hollyn, B.A.; Tomlinson Holman, B.S.; David Howard, MFA; Judy Irola; David Isaacs, B.A.; David James, Ph.D; Henry Jenkins, Ph.D.; Richard Jewell, Ph.D.; Robert Jones; Jeremy Kagan, MFA; Barnet Kellman, Ph.D.; Akira Lippit, Ph.D.; Doe Mayer, M.A.; Christine Panushka, MFA; Michael Peyser, B.A.; Amanda Pope, B.A.; Michael Renov, Ph.D.; Howard A. Rodman, B.A.; Ellen Seiter, Ph.D.; Michael Taylor, B.A.; Lawrence Turman, B.A.; John Watson, M.A.

Associate Professors: Tom Abrams, MFA; Mark Bolas, M.S.; Ted Braun, MFA; Linda Brown, MFA; Midge Costin, M.A.; Pamela Douglas, M.A.; Jack Epps Jr., B.A.; Tracy Fullerton, MFA; Kenneth Hall, M.A.; Helaine Head, B.A.; Aniko Imre, Ph.D; Priya Jaikumar, Ph.D.; Georgia Jeffries, B.A.; Kara Keeling, Ph.D.; Everett Lewis, MFA; Tara McPherson, Ph.D.; Kathy Smith, B.A.; Sheila M. Sofian, MFA

Assistant Professors: Steven Anderson, Ph.D.; Andreas Kratky, MFA; Laura Isabel Serna, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor: Michael Fink, MFA

Visiting Associate Professor: Michael Patterson, BFA

Professor of Practice (Animation): Tom Sito, BFA

Professor of Practice (Writing): David Balkan, B.A.

Professor of Practice (Production): Jed Dannenbaum, Ph.D.

Associate Professors of Practice (Production): Christopher Chomyn, MFA; Jason Squire, M.A.; Douglas Vaughan, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Practice (Interactive Media): Peter Brinson, MFA

Visiting Associate Professor of Practice (Production): Peter Sollett, BFA

Associate Professors of Practice: Eric Hanson, B.A.; Michael Uno, MFA

Assistant Professor of Cinema Practice: Virginia Kuhn, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor: Julia Himberg, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturers/Lecturers: Steve Albrezzi; Robert Ballo; Pablo Frasconi; Robert Gardner; Brenda Goodman; Don Hall; Angelo Pacifici; Earl Rath; Mark Shepherd; Douglas Vaughn; Jennifer Warren; David Weber; Tristan Whitman; Paul Wolff; William Yahraus

Research Professor: Larry Auerbach

Research Associate Professors: Perry Hoberman, B.A.; Richard Weinberg, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professors: Marientina Gotsis, MFA; Holly Willis, Ph.D.

Instructors of Cinema Practice: Reine-Claire Dousarkissian, M.A.; Jeremy Gibson, MET; Evan Hughes, Ph.D.; .; Louis Kleinman, B.A.; Robert Kositchek, BFA; Elisabeth Mann, MFA; Maks Naporowski, B.A.; Shelley Wattenbarger, MFA

Adjunct Faculty: Ioan Allen; Kate Amend; Tom Anderson; Wendy Apple; Larissa Bank; David Baron; Deborah Baron; Anne Beatts; Karen Beavers; Sandra Berg; Alan Berger; Fred Bernstein; Danny Bilson; Bruce Block; Mitch Block; Steve Blume; Peter Bonerz; Chuck Braverman; Paul Bricault; Musa Brooker; Robert Brown; Richard Burton; Bobette Buster; Ed Callahan; Will Carter; Bonnie Chi; Frank Chindamo; Joseph Cohen; Martin Daniel; Johanna Demetrakas; Paul DeMeo; Paul Demeyer; Dariush Derakhshani; Heather Desurvire; Vincent Diamante; Sharon Doyle; Richard Edlund; Peter Exline; David Fain; Mike Fink; Van Flesher; Robert Freedman; Ron Friedman; Eric Furie; Maureen Furniss; Elizabeth Gill‑Brauer; Andrew Given; Scott Gorden; Janet Graham‑Borba; Barbara Greyhosky; Michael Gruber; Andre Guttfreund; Chevon Hicks; John Hight; Michael Hoey; Joe Hoffman; Todd Hoffman; Michael Hoggan; William Huber; Joan Hyler; Angie Jones; Gabor Kalman; Peter Kang; Aaron Kaplan; Thomas Kemper; Darren Kiner; Jeff Kleeman; Lou Kleinman; Randal Kleiser; Michael Kontopoulos; Jeffrey Korchek; Matt Kregor; Stu Krieger; Jon Kroll; Lucas Kuzma; Clifford Latimer; Ken LaZebnik; Lisa Leeman; Richard Lemarchand; Robert Levin; Andrew Licht; David Lloyd; John Mahoney; Laird Malamed; Leonard Maltin; Andrew Marlowe; Morgan Martin; Peter Marx; Frank McAdams; Alex McDowell; Bill Mechanic; David Milton; Jay Moriarty; Jan Nagel; Robert Nashak; Rob Nederhorst; Noel Nosseck; Jim O’Keeffe; Joseph Olin; Bob Osher; Rod Perth; Gary Randall; Candace Reckinger; Sandy Reisenbach; Brad Riddell; Vincent Robert; Howard Rosenberg; Bruce Rosenblum; Alan Rucker; Reid Shane; Fred Silverman; Jennifer Stein; Brandon Stoddard; Noreen Stone; Jeffrey Stott; Mark Stratton; Danny Sussman; Brian Swardstrom; Mark Taft; Ella Taylor; Jonathan Tolins; John Underkoffler; Duke Underwood; Marcel Valcarce; Jon Wagner; Ken Wales; Jordan Weisman; David Weitzner; Will Weston; William Whittington; David Wirtschafter; David Zeiger

Emeritus Professors: Ron Curfman, MFA; Trevor Greenwood, M.A.; Richard Harber, M.A.; Edward Kaufman, Ph.D.; K. Kenneth Miura, M.A.; Woody Omens, M.A.; Morton Zarcoff, M.A.