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Essay Prompts 35 Result(s)

About You Essay

Required

Please respond to one of the prompts below.

250 words

Academic Interests Essay

Required

Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests and why you want to explore them at USC specifically. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections.

250 words

Gap Term Essay

Not Required

Starting with the beginning of high school/secondary school, if you have had a gap where you were not enrolled in school during a fall or spring term, please address this gap in your educational history. You do not need to address a summer break.

250 words

Roski's Art Essay

Required

"The job of the artist is to always deepen the mystery" (Francis Bacon). Please discuss.

500 words

Roski's Design Essay

Required

"Art is to be free. Design is to fix" (Kanye West). Please discuss.

500 words

World Business' Experiences Essay

Required

What experiences and/or skills best prepare you for success in our World Bachelor in Business program?

250 words

World Business' Goals Essay

Required

How does the WBB program meet your educational and/or professional goals?

250 words

World Business' Environment Essay

Required

What skills do you find most useful in adapting to changing environments?

250 words

World Business' Alternative Education Essay

Required

Acknowledging that the WBB does not offer a “traditional” or fixed residential experience, please explain why this alternative education experience is a good fit for you. Please share examples of how you plan to create unique or new opportunities in the WBB environment.

250 words

Film and TV Production's Personal Statement

Required

The Cinematic Arts Personal Statement will be read by the Film & Television Production admissions committee as a measure of creativity, self-awareness and vision. We are looking for a sense of you as a unique individual and how your distinctive experiences, characteristics, background, values and/or views of the world have shaped who you are and what you want to say as a creative filmmaker. We want to know about the kind of stories you want to tell. Bear in mind that enthusiasm for watching films, descriptions of your favorite films and the involvement in the filmmaking process is common in most candidates. As a result, we encourage that you focus on your individuality. Note that there is no standard format or correct answer.

1000 words

Film and TV Production's Proud Project Essay

Required

Provide an example of a project that you have contributed to or led. Choose a project that left you feeling proud. Please describe the context of the project (e.g. the people involved the goals, etc.) and also describe your role in the project. Finally, state what about your role in the project gave you a feeling of pride.

1 pages

Film and TV Production's Failure Project Essay

Required

Describe a project that you have worked on that was a failure. Describe the situation in which the project took place, the objectives of the project and others (if any) who were part of the project team. Be clear about your role in the project. Describe how and why the project failed. Finally, summarize what you learned from the project and what you would do differently next time.

1 pages

Interactive Media's Personal Statement Essay

Required

The Cinematic Arts Personal Statement is an opportunity to express your ideas about and interest in Interactive Entertainment, help us to understand your background and creative potential, and explain why you would like to study interactive media production at the School of Cinematic Arts. This statement will be read by the admissions committee as a measure of creativity, self-awareness and vision. Your statement should give the committee a sense of your long-term goals and artistic ambitions. It should answer the questions: "Who are you as a person? What are you trying to say, using interactive media? Why do you want to attend the Interactive Entertainment Program? What are your career/professional/artistic goals?"

Interactive Media's Experience Essay

Required

Describe an experience that has inspired you to enter the field of interactive media. This might be the experience of playing a particular game, visiting a museum installation, seeing an interactive artwork, etc. Or, it might be a story about how you created an interactive experience for others to participate in or play with. Tell us the story of how and why this experience affected you, how it changed your way of thinking about interactive media, and what it means for your plans for the future.

Interactive Media's Proud Project Essay

Required

Provide an example of a project that you have contributed to or led. Choose a project that left you feeling proud. Please describe the context of the project (e.g. the people involved the goals, etc.) and also describe your role in the project. Finally, state what about your role in the project gave you a feeling of pride.

1 pages

Interactive Media's Failure Project Essay

Required

Describe a project that you have worked on that was a failure. Describe the situation in which the project took place, the objectives of the project and others (if any) who were part of the project team. Be clear about your role in the project. Describe how and why the project failed. Finally, summarize what you learned from the project and what you would do differently next time.

1 pages

Kaufman's Opportunities Essay

Required

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is uniquely positioned as a conservatory embedded within one of the world’s leading private research universities. How will you take advantage of the many academic, artistic and social opportunities available at the university as a whole?

250 words

Dramatic Arts' Benefits Essay

Required

Describe the benefits of pursuing a degree in your primary major choice.

Dramatic Arts' Why USC? Essay

Required

What sets USC apart from other institutions you are considering?

Dramatic Arts' Become You Essay

Required

In what way has theatre helped you become who you are today?

Dramatic Arts' Entrepreneurial Spirit Essay

Required

Today's artistic environment has become increasingly competitive and multi-faceted. In what ways have you demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit?

Dramatic Arts' Additional Information Essay

Not Required

Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., perceived weaknesses in academic performance, life circumstances or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.

Pre-pharmacy's Interest Essay

Required

Please describe how you became interested and reached your decision to pursue a career in pharmacy.

0 pages

Pre-pharmacy's Learning Essay

Required

What have you learned about the pharmacy profession and/or the practice of pharmacy? Why does this appeal to you?

0 pages

Pre-pharmacy's Experiences Essay

Required

What health-related experiences have you had, if any? These may be your personal experiences or those of a friend or relative.

0 pages

Media Arts and Practice's Global Issue Essay

Required

How would a Media Arts + Practice major help you solve a global issue facing society in the 21st century?

200 words

Media Arts and Practice's Proud Project Essay

Required

Provide an example of a project that you have contributed to or led. Choose a project that left you feeling proud. Please describe the context of the project (e.g. the people involved the goals, etc.) and also describe your role in the project. Finally, state what about your role in the project gave you a feeling of pride.

1 pages

Media Arts and Practice's Failure Project Essay

Required

Describe a project that you have worked on that was a failure. Describe the situation in which the project took place, the objectives of the project and others (if any) who were part of the project team. Be clear about your role in the project. Describe how and why the project failed. Finally, summarize what you learned from the project and what you would do differently next time.

1 pages

Writing for Screen and TV's Character Sketch Essay

Required

Write a creative essay or short story that evokes an understanding of how you became who you are. This should reflect your individuality. It’s not a resume.

2 pages

Writing for Screen and TV's Elevator Essay

Required

Write a scene between two very different kinds of people who get stuck in an elevator on New Year's Eve.

5 pages

Writing for Screen and TV's Family Essay

Required

Write a scene between two people (e.g., a parent and child, roommates, spouses, etc.) who live together. The first character strongly desires to go out; the second desperately wants the first to stay home. Emphasize visual elements as well as dialogue.

5 pages

Writing for Screen and TV's Challenge Essay

Required

Convey in writing the greatest challenge you have faced and how you responded to it. The challenge may be of any kind you care to write about – physical, emotional, moral, creative, personal, professional or some other sort.

2 pages

Writing for Screen and TV's Why Writing Essay

Required

When did you want to be a writer? Why do you want to be a writer? What keeps you writing?

300 words

Writing for Screen and TV's Creative Writing Essay

Required

One sample of your creative writing. This may be an excerpt with a note explaining the context. Writing in script form is not required. Please only include original material—do not submit a television spec episode of an existing television show.

10 pages

Short Responses

Required

Respond to the following short response questions: 1) Describe yourself in three words. 2) What is your favorite snack? 3) Best movie of all time 4) Dream Job 5) If your life had a theme song, what would it be? 6) Dream trip 7) What TV show will you binge watch next? 8) Which well-known person or fictional character would be your ideal roommate? 9) Favorite Book 10) If you could teach a class on any topic, what would it be?

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