Doctor of Philosophy in Cinematic Arts (Media Arts and Practice)

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy with an emphasis in Media Arts and Practice is administered through the Graduate School. The Ph.D. program is tailored to the individual student’s particular needs and interests. The overall course of study will be designated by the student, the student’s designated adviser and, following the screening procedure, the student’s guidance committee chair. See


A bachelor’s or master’s degree in media arts, or a closely related field, is required for admission to the Ph.D. program. In addition to submitting an application to USC Graduate Admissions, applicants for the Ph.D. must submit the supplemental application and materials to the Media Arts and Practice Division. For specific instructions, contact the School of Cinematic Arts Office of Admission, University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, (213) 840-8358, or online at

For a complete list of requirements and courses offered for the Media Arts and Practice PhD, please refer to the USC School of Cinematic Arts Media Arts and Practice PhD Degree Requirements (2019-2020).