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November 7, 2013

The Art of the Supplement

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Our first deadline is just around the corner. Can you believe it?! December 1st is less than a month away. Students applying for talent-based majors must submit a bit more information, so we’ve clarified a few things about the process.

In addition to completing the Common App and USC Writing Supplement, students applying to the Iovine and Young Academy, Roski School of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, School of Cinematic Arts, School of Dramatic Arts, and the Thornton School of Music must complete the Arts Supplement.

In order to do that, students need to respond “yes” to the question, “Do you intend to submit an art supplement so that your special talent in one or more of the arts will be considered as part of the admission process to University of Southern California?” on the Writing Supplement. This will allow for the link to Slideroom to appear in the left column of Common App.


Thornton: Students must be prescreened before being invited for an audition. To do this, students must upload recordings to the “Fall DecisionDesk portal” by the December 1st deadline. They must also complete the Art Supplement in Slideroom. Thornton will send students an audition confirmation in late December. Please only submit a Slideroom supplement for a major to which you are applying.

Dramatic Arts: To schedule an audition for the BFA, students must indicate their top three audition date preferences on Slideroom. If students are unable to attend a live audition, they must select “Recorded Audition” on Audition Date Preference #1 and upload a recording on the “Media” tab in Slideroom.


Dramatic Arts: All applicants applying to the BA in Dramatic Arts program are asked to schedule an interview with an admission counselor either in person or on the phone. Students can sign up for this interview on the Dramatic Arts website.

Portfolio submission:

Fine Arts: In addition to answering questions about the student’s creative experience, students must submit 10-15 images on the Media tab on Slideroom. They are added one at a time and cannot be added in PDF format.

Iovine and Young Academy: 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. In addition to this video, students may submit up to 5 media files including visual images, motion graphics, original music recordings, poems, and essays. Each of these components should be uploaded to the Media tab within Slideroom.

Architecture: Students can upload drawing, sketching, painting, graphic design, photography, video, web-design, sculpture, ceramics and furniture design project examples to the Media tab on Slideroom. The admission committee would like to see evidence of creativity. Up to 25 examples may be submitted.

Cinematic Arts: Depending on the program to which the student applies, students must submit a personal statement, writing sample, creative portfolio list, responses to short answer questions, and URLs in Slideroom. The Media tab is where students should upload visual sample, video, and photos.