Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters may not be accepting any new students — but soon, aspiring critics will have the option of learning their trade at USC’s Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies. The X-Men director has donated $5 million to the southern California university’s School of Cinematic Arts; in return, the school announced today that it will named one of its six divisions in his honor.
Singer, a USC graduate, credits the university with stoking his interest in the entertainment industry. “In a way, I began my career in the Division of Critical Studies at USC,” the director said in statement. “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.”