Does the scoring program offer financial aid?
At this time the scoring program is ubable to offer scholarships other than those that are externally funded. Information on these is found within the admissions information. Unfortunately, no other form of grants, scholarships, teaching assistantships, fellowships or work-study opportunities are available. However, limited financial need-based loans are available to US citizens, who can obtain further information by visiting the Office of Financial Aid.
How much does the program cost?
The total cost of tuition and related fees is determined each year by the University. For the most recent cost of attendance calculations please visit the [#a(href="https://music.usc.edu/admission/finaid/#graduatefinaid", target="_blank") Thornton Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid website]. Please also keep in mind that the cost of living in Los Angeles for a year can run between $10,000 and $20,000. Following is a link regarding costs: http://music.usc.edu/admission/finaid/
Can I work a part-time job while enrolled?
The scoring program is extremely intensive, and generally leaves little time for part-time work during the school year. In addition, students are expected to attend all classes, scoring sessions, and other events. Since many of these events happen in the evenings and on weekends, and the schedule changes from week to week, maintaining a job during the school year is logistically very difficult. For these reasons, holding a part-time job while enrolled in the scoring program is highly discouraged.
Are there entrance exams once I arrive for the program?
There are no entrance exams required for the Screen Scoring program.
Do I need a GRE score to apply?
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test. Applicants to the scoring program are NOT required to take the GRE.
What are my job prospects after graduating?
We do not have a job placement service; however, the program experience includes the opportunity to meet many industry professionals, which often leads to work prospects.
What gear/hardware/software do I need?
It is important that each composer in the program manage and maintain their own computer and complement of software. Incoming students who do not already have a music composition and writing setup are encouraged to discuss the requirements with their instructors at the start of the year, as music technology changes rapidly. Composers are expected to have professional DAW and music notation capabilities to complete their assignments and session work during the year of study. Access to a Mac laptop is highly recommended for utilizing on campus and in the classrooms.