USC was the first university in the nation to create a film school when construction began for the School of Cinematic Arts in 1929. Today, it is known as one of the largest and most prestigious film schools in the world.
The School of Cinematic Arts offers programs in Critical Studies, Animation and Digital Arts, Interactive Media, Film & TV Production, Producing, Writing, Media Arts and Practice, as well as Business of Entertainment with the Marshall School of Business.
Being in the entertainment capital of the world, the School of Cinematic Arts has been the recipient of many notable donations. In 2006, George Lucas, creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, donated $175 million to expand the school. A 137,000-square-foot building was erected in his name. Other donations include the 20th Century Fox Soundstage and the Electronic Games Innovation Lab.