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Thank you for your interest in applying to the USC Iovine and Young Academy. Step-by-step instructions on how to apply, including important dates and deadlines, can be found below. The incoming freshmen and transfer application deadline for Fall 2019 is December 1, 2018. No late applications will be accepted after this date. Top applicants will be invited to a required interview that will take place mid-February 2019. 

The Fall 2019 application information will become available in August 2018.

USC UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION

FIRST YEAR APPLICANTS must submit the Common Application and USC Writing Supplement online at www.commonapp.org. Please select "IYA: Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation B.S." as your first-choice major. For detailed information, please visit USC’s Undergraduate Admission website.

In addition to the Common Application and USC Writing Supplement, applicants must also submit a proposal video and creative portfolio or evidence of cross-disciplinary versatility. Details are provided below.

TRANSFER APPLICANTS are welcome to apply with the understanding that the Academy curriculum is cohort-based and requires a full four years to complete at USC. While your completed coursework will be taken into account, there is no guarantee it will be credited toward Academy requirements. For example, if you are a sophomore, you may not be able to transfer to the Academy with sophomore standing. Credit and standing will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Submit your Common Application and USC Supplement online at www.commonapp.org. Please select "IYA: Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation B.S." as your first-choice major. For detailed information, please visit USC Undergraduate Admission Transfer website.

In addition to the proposal video and creative portfolio or evidence of cross-disciplinary versatility described below, all internal USC transfer applicants must also submit a response to the following essay prompt in 600 words or less.

You are applying to transfer to USC for a major that will take 4 years to complete. What will the Academy allow you to accomplish that your current degree program/institution will not?

Follow the instructions for uploading the required essay here.  

INTERNAL USC TRANSFER APPLICANTS: The Academy will consider internal transfers from current USC students. It is important to note that the curriculum is cohort-based, and in most cases will require four years to complete. While your completed coursework will be taken into account, there is no guarantee it will be credited toward Academy requirements. For example, if you are a sophomore, you may not be able to transfer to the Academy with sophomore standing. Credit and standing will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In addition to the proposal video and creative portfolio or evidence of multi-disciplinary versatility described above, all internal USC transfer applicants must submit a response to the following essay prompt in 600 words or less:


You are applying to change your major, which will likely mean extending your time at USC beyond the standard four years (the Academy curriculum is cohort-based and in most cases will require 4 years to complete). What will the Academy allow you to accomplish that your current degree program will not?

Internal USC transfer applicants must submit all application materials via this link by January 1, 2019.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS can find information here

Proposal video

All applicants are required to submit an original video of no more than one minute that illustrates an original idea for an innovative product, service or system that solves a problem, addresses a need, or provides an opportunity. The selected focus may be local or global, and the proposed idea need not have a market value or predictable consumer base. The idea should encompass considerations of desirability, feasibility and viability.

It is recommended that you submit more than just a “selfie video” discussing your pitch. The video should exemplify your ability to think creatively and illustrate both your personal style and facility with visual communication and storytelling.

Creative Portfolio OR Evidence of CROSS-disciplinary THINKING

The Academy is looking for expressions of creativity and cross-disciplinary thinking. In particular, we are looking for demonstrated ability in integrating disciplines toward the creation of things that are bigger or more impactful than the sum of their parts. In addition to the required one-minute video proposal, all applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a portfolio or collection of creative work (up to five additional submissions). In this context “creative work” may include creative solutions to problems in the realms of technology or science. You must include a title and description for each of your submissions, and details of your role and the methods used in the development of each.

Select one or more of the following (up to five total submissions):

Visual arts and design: This may include images of 2D or 3D work produced in the fields of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, product or industrial design, graphic design (including style guides), fashion design, environmental design, web-based or mobile digital media design, etc.

Time-based media: This may include examples of narrative or art film and video, games, motion graphics, audio recordings, etc. Audio recordings can include performances of original music, readings of creative texts, etc. Audio recordings of non-original content are discouraged as evidence of creativity, but may be included as supplementary to other creative entries to show high levels of ability in performing or production techniques.

Written materials: This may include creative stories, poems, essays, business plans, marketing plans, process books, etc.

Evidence of creative science or technology: This should cover scientific or technological projects, residencies or internships that required ability in and integration of multiple disciplines or creative problem solving. Evidence may include abstracts, papers, photos, wire frames, schematics, video, etc.

Follow the instructions for uploading the required creative portfolio at usciovineyoungacademy.slideroom.com.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL APPLICANTS: It is impossible to efficiently review lengthy or large submissions. If you wish for faculty to understand your creative output, we strongly urge careful selection and curation of submissions to show your best work in the most concise way possible. Excerpts, clip reels, and compilations are preferable to complete submissions. It is also important to select entries that will differentiate you from others, and highlight your individuality.

InterVIEWS

The USC Iovine and Young Academy has a two-stage selection process. Applicants must submit all application materials by December 1, 2018. After a faculty review of all materials, a select number of top applicants will be invited to an on-campus Interview Weekend which will take place mid-February 2019.

All applicants will be notified if they have received an interview by email in late January. Those who are not selected for an interview with the Academy will still be considered for admission to the University for their second choice major or undecided.

The Academy will provide travel reimbursements to help cover the cost of airfare to Los Angeles for the candidate only. Video conference interviews will be available for students who are unable to travel to Los Angeles.

Detailed information about Interview Weekend will be provided to finalists in a later confirmation email.

DATES AND DEADLINES

December 1, 2018 Application deadline for first-year applicants and transfer students entering Fall 2019
January 1, 2019 Application deadline for internal USC transfer applicants
Late January, 2019 Applicants notified if they receive an interview invitation
February 15-18, 2019 Interview Weekend. On-campus interviews (invitations will be extended to top applicants)
April 1, 2019 Freshmen applicants notified of their admission decision
May 1, 2019 National Candidates Reply Day for freshmen applicants
May 31, 2019 Transfer applicants will receive either a request for spring grades or an admission decision

USC has several off-campus and on-campus events for prospective students throughout the year. For dates and more information, please visit here.

The University of Southern California admits students of any race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability or mental disability. The University’s full non-discrimination policy can be found on the Web at policies.usc.edu.