The USC Roski MFA Art is designed to maximize each student's individual studio experience, and its instructional model is focused on critical dialogue as provided by regular studio visits with faculty and guest artists and scholars, and group critiques with student peers. Students also take courses with USC Roski's renowned Critical Studies faculty that emphasize tracing intellectual and artistic histories, understanding the complexities of theories applied to the visual arts, and addressing global art practices. Program electives provide a broader platform for experimentation, and encourage students to explore the expansive possibilities for complementary fields of research at one of the world's leading research universities. This curricular depth coupled with USC Roski's intellectual and artistic reach, its position on the Pacific Rim and in one of the world's major arts capitals, and its ability to provide a vast array of cross- and interdisciplinary opportunities for its students offers an unparalleled environment for advanced study and practice.
View the MFA Handbook, which includes a sample course of study, here.
MFA Program Outcomes can be found here.
Students work with distinguished faculty and visiting artists and scholars through a series of private studio visits. Visits typically occur weekly, but may occur more or less frequently, as determined by individual student needs and faculty advisors.
Students gain insight and perspective through a weekly seminar that investigates issues relative to current directions in the visual arts. Analysis and implications of forces contributing to conceptual development is provided by student peers, as moderated by faculty.
Capitalizing on USC's broader initiatives that promote thinking globally across disciplines, USC Roski graduate programs offer a two seminar series on global art and global curatorial histories, theories, and practices. As a way of acknowledging the specificity and limits of Western perspectives, the two Global Art Seminars address visual culture in a broad international framework via a changing focus on specific regions and case studies. A sensitivity to cultural difference and contrasting ways of making and understanding the visual arts--addressed in class through an attention to primary examples around the world--is key to these courses. For the Global Art sequence, specialists in particular regions of visual culture outside of Europe and North America address the rise of the concept of the "global" with and after colonialism.
In the first course, Global Art Seminar: The Globalization of Art and Culture, students explore in a seminar setting global networks of trade and cultural exchange in relation to the visual arts from the early modern period to the present, with a focus on postcolonial issues and contemporary global art markets.
In the second course, Global Art Seminar: Case Study and Research, students also have the opportunity to participate in a fieldwork study tour that invites an in-depth look at a specific region. Recent specialists for this course have included USC faculty in American Studies & Ethnicity and visiting faculty with expertise in art and visual culture of Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico border region.
MFA Info Sessions
These informative "open house" events feature an overview of the program and application requirements with the Director of Admissions and a tour of the MFA studios. They are scheduled for October 13, 2017, November 2, 2017, and December 8, 2017. RSVP here to confirm your attendance. Prospective students are also encouraged to attend our weekly Roski Talks during the fall and spring semesters.