BCA Program

November 28, 2017
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Mirabel Foy
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Like many high school seniors, I was uncertain of what major to pursue. I originally applied to USC as a neuroscience major and was excited to be accepted into the Freshman Science Honors Program. I had chosen to pursue a pre-med path because I felt as if I had to jump into a program right away. Time passed and I spent more time introspectively reflecting on my strengths and passions. I realized around August that pre-med was not my passion and my abilities were better suited as a business major. The USC advisors were extremely helpful and I was able to transfer into the Marshall School of Business before beginning classes.

Upon being accepted to Marshall, I was informed of the Business of Cinematic Arts Program. I was immediately interested and quickly applied in hopes of being one of the 50 freshman accepted. Ingrained in me from my learning experiences in high school, I believe that studies in different fields are extremely important for intellectual growth. I knew that whether or not I was accepted into BCA I would be pairing my business major with a major or minor of a different discipline to continue to challenge myself. Come September I was beyond excited to learn I had been accepted.

As a current sophomore, I could not be happier with my decisions and the experiences I’ve had within Marshall and the BCA program. The cinema classes I’ve had the opportunity to take have pushed me to learn compelling material from some of the top cinema professors in the nation. I’ve also had amazing opportunities through the Marshall Entertainment Association, a club composed of fellow BCA, cinema, and business students. I have attended a lunch and learn at Disneytoon studios as well as an on-set visit and tour of a Disney show taping. Other friends of mine have had the chance to visit Netflix, Paramount, and Hulu, to name a few.

This program continues to excite and surprise me every semester with new and interesting opportunities and classes. I consider myself very lucky to be getting a top-notch education at both one of the best business schools and the best cinema school in the country. Next semester, in accordance with the BCA curriculum, I’ll be accepting an internship in the entertainment industry and gaining real world experience. I would highly recommend the joint program to anyone interested in business and cinema, or someone simply looking to expand their studies. To learn more about program specifics click here: https://www.marshall.usc.edu/current-students/academic-advising/academic-programs/joint-programs/business-cinematic-arts-bca

Fight on!