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 Art Handbook, which includes a sample course of study, here.
MFA Art 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 offers a seminar on global art and global curatorial histories, theories, and practices. As a way of acknowledging the specificity and limits of Western perspectives, the Global Art Seminar addresses 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 this course. For the Global Art Seminar, 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.
MFA Art Info Sessions | October 8, November 19 and December 3
We encourage potential applicants to attend one of our regularly scheduled Info Sessions in the fall. These informative "open house" events feature an overview of the program and application requirements, along with a tour of the new MFA Art facilities and studios at the USC Roski Graduate Building in the Los Angeles Arts District. They are scheduled for 4 - 6pm on Tuesday, October 8, 2019; Tuesday, November 19, 2019; and Tuesday, December 3, 2019. RSVP here to confirm your attendance. Info Sessions are held at the USC Roski Graduate Building in the Los Angeles' Art District located at 1262 Palmetto Street, LA, 90013. Each Info Session will be followed by a Roski Talk presented by an artist, designer, or scholar: details here. Prospective students are also encouraged to attend other weekly Roski Talks during the fall and spring semesters.