Minor Programs

The ever-increasing value of creativity and visual literacy in the age of the Internet makes the study of art relevant to almost every field today. Classes in the USC Roski School of Art and Design provide a foundation in theoretical concepts and practical skills crucial to visual communication and representation. USC Roski offers an exciting array of art and design minors that can help you achieve your creative and career goals, regardless of your major.

USC Roski offers seven studio-intensive minors, each focusing on a different area of visual art. There are four interdisciplinary minors including Communication Design (with coursework in graphic design, advertising, marketing, and business), Fashion, Performance Art, and Visual Narrative Art.

USC Roski's most recent interdisciplinary minor - in Fashion - was launched along with other USC professional schools – Iovine and Young Academy, the School of Dramatic Arts, the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, the Marshall School of Business, and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The minor will challenge the current norms of the fashion industry and inspire students to create powerful, astute, technology enabled, and sustainable practices to facilitate meaningful change. The minor is available to all enrolled undergraduate students at USC beginning in the Fall ‘23 term. Learn more here.

Studio Minors

Interdisciplinary Minors


We recommend that students have completed or be in-progress for a class (ART, DES, or CRIT) at the Roski School of Art and Design at the time of application. This is to familiarize yourself with our courses, and to ensure that a minor in Roski is well suited for you. Consult your major Academic Advisor to make sure that you have enough elective space in your academic program for a minor. It is can be helpful to meet with an Academic Advisor in the Roski School before beginning a minor program. During this meeting, we will try to determine if you will be able to complete one of our programs. We will also discuss important information with you regarding catalogue years, the sequential nature of our classes, and what course order and timeline might be most appropriate for you.

Things to remember:

  • Deadlines are October 1st in fall and March 1st in spring
  • Students will be notified via email 2-3 weeks after the deadline
  • No late applications will be accepted
  • A portfolio is not required for the minor

Students must take at least four courses (at least 16 units) that are unique to the minor (i.e., not required to fulfill the student's major, another minor). All upper-division course work required for the minor must be taken at USC. All course work for the minor must be taken for a letter grade, with a minimum grade of "C" earned in each course.

Roski Minor Application:


Contact Information:

(213) 821-1290