USC/SCA Technical Support

USC Information Technology Services

USC ITS supports USC NetID accounts and passwords, campus wireless networks, email and collaboration tools, web hosting, research computing, educational technology (Blackboard, etc.) and software packages for faculty and students.

Contact information is available here: .

SCA Knowledgebase

The SCA Knowledgebase contains several resources for SCA students including how-to's, instructional videos, technical support information, Sound Department resources and hours for the SCA Post Production Facilities.

Online Resources

Code Academy

Code Academy is an online freemium interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS. is an online training provider offering more than 2,380 video-based courses on a broad range of computing and technology topics. These courses can be accessed around-the-clock for convenient, self-paced learning. USC faculty, staff and students can access directly by going to and entering your USC NetID and password.

Technology Purchases


The School of Cinematic Arts is now requiring most students to purchase a laptop for classwork. It is also recommended that students purchase an external hard drive to backup their work. Students may be eligible for a one-time financial aid increase to cover these expenses.

For details on recommended technical specifications, pre-configured laptops, and financial assistance options, please refer to the .


Free Campus-Wide Software
USC provides access to several free software packages, such as the Microsoft Office suite. Learn more here:

Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud is required for most MA+P courses. Creative Cloud plans are available with student discounts. An email address is usually all that is required to confirm student status.

It is recommended that you do not purchase a plan until your classes require it. The promotional price is only available with your first membership and only with a 1 year commitment. Following years will be billed at the full Educational price.

Dual Boot

OS X and Windows

Most iMacs in SCA and SCI run both OS X and Windows. Different software and capabilities are available depending on which operating system you are running. Follow this procedure to switch operating system at any time:

  1. Shutdown the computer.
  2. Find the power button on the back left of the iMac, but don't press it yet.
  3. Press and hold the Option key on the keyboard.
  4. Press the power button to start up the computer.
  5. Once you are presented with the different disk images, you may release Option now.
  6. Choose the operating system you need.
  7. The iMac will boot into the operating system you chose.