Undergraduate Admission

If you are currently a USC student and are interested in applying to the art major, please click here.

For most applicants, there are five requirements: (1) USC Common App, (2) portfolio of recent artwork, (3) artist statement, (4) list of creative accomplishments, and (5) transcripts and test scores. In addition to those five requirements, transfer applicants must submit (6a) at least two letters of recommendation, and international applicants must submit (6b) TOEFL scores.

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply are below. If you have any questions at any step, please don't hesitate to contact us.

1. Complete a USC application.

Submit the Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement.

2. Upload your portfolio.

Upload a portfolio of 10 to 20 images of artwork you've made within the last two years at roski.slideroom.com.

Your portfolio should not only represent your best skills in art—in a variety of media or in a single area—but should also demonstrate the development of a personally unique idea or concepts that have inspired the work as a whole. Feel free to include in your portfolio work that you've done for assignments in class, work that you've done on your own, or both. We do not accept images in PDF format.

3. Upload your artist statement.

Upload an artist statement online at roski.slideroom.com.

Your artist statement should not be longer than 500 words:
In addition to your art work, we are interested in your ideas about art. Please give us your opinion: what is the role of the artist or designer in today's modern society?

4. Upload your list of creative accomplishments.

Upload your list online at roski.slideroom.com.

Your list of creative accomplishments should include, in chronological order, your practical experience in visual art or design, including high school courses, summer art programs, internships, private lessons, collaborative or interdisciplinary projects, and the like.

5. Submit your transcripts and test scores.

Submit your high school transcripts and scores from either (1) the SAT or (2) the ACT with the optional Writing Test. Transfer applicants with less than 30 transferable college semester units or 45 quarter units must also submit SAT or ACT scores, in addition to copies of their high school and college transcripts.

6a. For transfer applicants only

Submit at least two letters of recommendation from current or former art instructors by mail to:

USC Office of Admission
700 Childs Way

University Park Campus

Los Angeles, California 90089-0911

6b. For international applicants only

If your native language is not English, submit your TOEFL score.

All international applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. International applicants with minimum scores of 600 on SAT Critical Reading or 27 on ACT English are exempt from taking the TOEFL. Applicants with minimum scores of 100 on TOEFL iBT (with at least 20 in each section) are presumed to be proficient. The TOEFL must have been taken within the past two years from application date.

International applicants whose native language is English are presumed to be proficient. This includes applicants from countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec), where English is both the main language of the country and the language of instruction.

USC does not accept the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication).

Mail TOEFL scores to:

USC Office of Admission
700 Childs Way
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, California 90089-0911

Important Deadlines

December 1, 2015 — Freshman application and portfolio deadline for scholarship consideration

January 15, 2016 — Freshman application and portfolio deadline for regular consideration

February 1, 2016 — Transfer application and portfolio deadline for scholarship and regular consideration

For mailed materials like transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendations, all dates are postmark deadlines.