Art and Design

USC Roski School of Art and Design

With a faculty of international distinction, the USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design offers emerging artists, designers, curators and critics a creative and intellectual atmosphere in which to study. Located at one of the world’s leading research institutions, Roski encourages interdisciplinary exploration throughout USC’s 18 professional schools — including six devoted to the arts. And by studying in Los Angeles, students can enhance their education with access to numerous museums as well as an extensive number of galleries, design firms, artist studios and music and film industries, providing a wealth of internship and employment opportunities for a successful future.

Roski’s BA program is a liberal arts degree, ideal for students who want to combine art with a study in a related field — or a completely different one. Though the emphasis remains on a studio practice, the flexibility of the BA allows students to pursue electives, a minor or a second major to develop a diverse academic career. For a more intensive undergraduate arts degree, the BFA in Fine Arts program allows students to immerse themselves fully in the creative process, spending the vast majority of their class time in studio courses developing high levels of proficiency. A distinguished and dedicated faculty mentors art students in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital media and critical studies. And the BFA in Design is a four-year, pre-professional degree leading to a variety of careers in advertising, publication, fashion, sports, entertainment and film design, among others.

At the graduate level, the MFA in Fine Arts program is recognized nationally for its breadth and intensity, as well as for a faculty of renowned practicing artists. The two-year, studio-based program offers a multi-disciplinary platform for diverse and experimental practices. The MFA in Design is a five-term, studio-based program that encourages a unique and relevant contemporary design practice for a rapidly changing world. The third graduate degree offered at USC Roski is the MA in Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere, a platform for scholarship in contemporary art. The program aims to bring students to a high level of understanding of the history and theory of curatorial practices, with attention paid to questions of how curating activates art in relation to a range of audiences and interacts with diverse communities.

The Master of Urban Planning/Master of Arts, Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere (MUP/MA) dual-degree program, offered by the USC Roski School and the USC Price School of Public Policy, provides an opportunity for students to become successful professionals in the arena of organizing art projects in urban public space, planning and community development.

The Graduate Certificate in Performance Studies provides deep training in the hybrid disciplinary areas of performance, live art, time-based media, and performance theory and history for USC students studying related disciplines.

All Roski graduate programs are housed in the new, state-of-the-art, Roski Graduate Building in the heart of the Los Angeles Arts District. The new facility includes individual work spaces/studios, a well-equipped Makerspace, conference rooms and the 2,000-square-foot Graduate Gallery.

USC Roski encourages students to expand their horizons through a diverse community, global initiatives and interdisciplinary opportunities. These goals better prepare them to forge entirely new paths for an arts education, utilizing every advantage of a great university to drive change, challenge others and create a better future for themselves and for the world.




Haven Lin-Kirk

Contact Information

USC Roski School of Art and Design
104 Watt Hall
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0292
(213) 740-2787