On Thursday, USC announced that the director Bryan Singer had the opportunity to give back by donating $5 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Singer, an alumnus of the school stated that he is “honored to give back to the division and the school, which gave me so much.”
The School of Cinematic Arts’ Division of Critical Studies that offers courses in media and business now bears the director’s name.
“In a way, I began my career in the Division of Critical Studies at USC,” said Singer in a news release. “Watching great films and learning how to think about film from the faculty transformed me as an artist and as a person. I am honored to give back to the division and the school, which gave me so much.”
According to the Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts Elizabeth M. Daley that honoring the director was a “fitting recognition” of the school.
“We are thrilled and extremely grateful for Bryan’s generosity and vision in naming SCA’s Division of Critical Studies,” said Daley in the release. “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.”
In 1989, Singer received a B.A from USC. Many can look forward to Singer’s next film, Jack the Giant Slayer, which he produced and directed, set to debut in theaters in March.