School names critical studies divsion after multi-hyphenate

The dough just keeps on rolling in for USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, with a recent gift of $5 million courtesy of alum Bryan Singer.

Singer, who earned his bachelor’s degree from SCA in ’89, has participated in projects that have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide including “The Usual Suspects,” “X-Men” and “X2: X-Men United.” Gift, which was announced Thursday morning, will name SCA’s critical studies division the Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies.

“In a way, I began my career in the Division of Critical Studies at USC,” Singer said. “Watching great films and learning how to think about film from the faculty transformed me as an artist and as a person.”

Donation will provide lasting funding to enable the critical studies division to grow in stature and to include meaningful support for students, faculty and staff. Dedication also marks the first time one of the school’s six divisions will be named for an alum.

“His gift is not only a fitting recognition of the division’s importance for the next generation of scholars and media makers, but validation of critical studies as a unique path to understanding and mastering the art and practice of cinema,” said SCA dean Elizabeth Daley, who announced the gift.

Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies, one of two original divisions at SCA, teaches courses on the study of media, ranging from big-budget blockbusters to YouTube clips to cutting-edge, immersive experiences, as well as courses on business, analysis and cultural impacts of Stateside and global motion pics.

Division awards B.A, M.A and Ph.D. degrees, and holds classes accessible to students from all six of SCA’s divisions.

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