Facilities

Classrooms, Studios, and Labs
  • Facilities - Sculpture Studio

Galen Ceramics Studio

Watt Hall 107map

The spacious Galen Ceramics Studio is filled with natural light and features a series of canvas covered work tables, storage shelving and a separate glaze area. An outdoor spray booth is available for sprayed glaze application. The studio is well-equipped with electric wheels, a slab roller, extruders, and electric and soda kilns. The adjacent outdoor kiln yard features a variety of large and small gas kilns, including a raku kiln and 40 cubic foot state-of-the-art DLB40 Geil kiln. Next to the kiln yard is an outdoor covered area devoted solely to the use of plaster for moldmaking. The recently renovated ceramics facility is open 24 hours, seven days a week and has a full time lab assistant.

 

Design Studios

Watt Hall 105 | map

This 1725-square foot studio is equipped with wireless; multiple worktables for production; 3 Macintosh computer stations; digital projector with video and audio capabilities; printer and other peripherals are also available for students' use. The Design Area also provides access to a variety of finishing equipment such as wire-o-binding machines, stack paper cutter, and critique walls. Each computer station has the most current Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, and After Effects), and Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, and Excel).

 

Harris 112/Del Mar Studio | map

This 800 square-foot classroom features consumer grade 3D printer, laser cutter, selection of hand tools and fabrication equipment, 5 iMac workstations, a high volume color photocopier, new Herman Miller furniture, expanded electrical infrastructure to accommodate new and future equipment additions, ceiling mounted retractable extension cords, keyless entry, pin-up wall space for critique.

 

Harris 220/Galen 3D print lab | map

The Galen lab features professional-grade fused powder 3D printing, consumer-grade 3D printing, high-volume color photocopier, large-format 2D color printer, 17 iMac workstations.

 

Drawing & Painting Studios

Drawing Studios: Watt Hall 102 & 118 | map
The Makens Wing on the ground floor of Watt Hall houses three drawing classrooms. The largest is used for most beginning classes, and is spacious with excellent lighting and extensive walls for crits and projects. 

 

Painting Studios: Harris Hall, 2nd floor | map

Three painting studios serve the painting students at the Roski School. All three classrooms feature large north-facing windows and skylights for natural illumination. The largest is used for beginning classes. In addition, one classroom is reserved exclusively for the use of the 300-level painters, while the last room is reserved exclusively for the 400-level painters.

 

Galen Lab

Harris Hall, 2nd floor | map

Intermedia facilities include two state-of-the-art teaching labs offering an individual workstation for each student. The Intermedia area also provides digital photo, video, and audio equipment; equipment for still capture, large format scanning, and large scale printing; and equipment for video/audio capture, production, and output. In addition to our teaching labs, the Helene V. Galen Intermedia Lab is open to students from 9am-9pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 9am-5pm, Friday through Sunday, giving all students access to an advanced production facility in which to create all of their course work.

 

Photography Labs

USC Roski School of Art and Design operates two well-equipped photography labs: The Janet & George Handtmann Photography Lab is used for beginning black and white traditional darkroom processes; the Advanced Photography Lab is used for courses in color and advanced black and white photography, with a lighting studio, and both color negative and digital printing capability. The Advanced Photo Lab is also home to 3001 and Station Galleries.

 

Handtmann Photography Lab| Harris Hall 120 | map

Mon-Thu 9am-9pm | Fri-Sun 10am-6pm

The Handtmann Lab is is primarily used by the students enrolled in the beginning level photography courses. The lab is around 750 square feet and features 16 Omega D5 Variable Condenser Enlargers that accept up to 4 x 5 negatives, and one Durst 10x10 Vertical Condenser Enlarger.

 

Advanced Photography Lab

Graduate Fine Arts Building | 3001 S. Flower Street | map
Mon-Thu 9am-9pm | Fri-Sun 10am-6pm

The Advanced Photography Lab is approximately 3500 square feet with 17 enlargers and 12 private darkrooms for optical color enlargements up to 40x60" from up to 8x10" negatives. We have a 50" Kreonite chromogenic color print processor, 14 Mac workstations with digital imaging and video editing software, a black and white darkroom for fiber printing up to 30x40", a 44" Epson 9900 ink-jet printer with HDR Ultra-Chrome technology, Hasselblad Flextight high resolution film scanner and a 900 ft. shooting studio with dedicated lighting equipment.

Equipment highlights include: 

12 private darkrooms for optical color enlargements, Kreonite chromogenic color print processor, Mac workstations with digital imaging and video editing software, Black and White darkroom for fiber printing up to 30x40" 44" Epson 9900 ink-jet printer with HDR Ultra-Chrome technology Hasselblad, Flextight high resolution film scanner, 900 ft. shooting studio with dedicated lighting equipment.

 

Printmaking Lab

Harris Hall 117 | map

Printmaking courses at the Roski School are fully supported by a spacious and sky-lit studio classroom and specialized pressroom. The studio features three large presses including a state-of-the-art Takach press nicknamed "Jan" after donors Jan and George Handtmann. 

The Printmaking Studio facilitates a variety of traditional printmaking techniques including etching, woodcut, and monotype, in addition to new digital approaches.

 

Sculpture Studio

Watt Hall 108map

The sculpture facility boasts spacious indoor/outdoor studios, a well-equipped wood and metal shop with full-time technical support, a foundry for aluminum and bronze casting, and welding stations for oxy-acetylene, arc, and MIG welding. Steel and welding equipment are provided for each class. The studios are accessible 24 hours, and access to tools outside of class can be arranged.

The studio is approximately is 3760 square feet outside and includes:

• Plaster and metal facilities including wire feed welder, plasma cutters capable of cutting 3/4" mild steel, thermodynamics.

• Metal and bronze casting including portable casting foundry dedicated to "lost wax" bronze casting.

• Moldmaking

• Shared woodshop

• Tool crib open 9am - 9pm Monday to Friday, for checkout of hand and power tools.

• 200 square foot mini-Mac and PC lab (secured, and with internet access) equipped with a Canon GL1 Digital Camera and Epson Powerlite projector to complimenting a 7 foot projector screen (available in class room).

• 325 square foot project space assigned for student installation and critiques. The project room is equipped with a Sony CMT-M70 audio CD system and Web Camera to fully support time-based media projects.

 

Gayle & Ed Roski Master of Fine Arts Gallery

Graduate Fine Arts Building
3001 S Flower Street | map

The USC Roski Graduate Fine Arts (IFT) Building is located three blocks north of the University Park Campus at the intersection of South Flower and 30th Street. The building houses the Master of Fine Arts and the Master of Arts Curatorial Programs, and the Advanced Photography Lab. The building features the Gayle and Ed Roski Master of Fine Arts Gallery, a stunning 2,000 square foot gallery dedicated to exhibitions by the school's MFA students, as well as spacious studios for each of the Master of Fine Arts students and research facilities for the Master of Arts Curatorial program. Generous gifts to the School of Fine Arts provided for other significant spaces including the Philion Round Table, a conference room named for Beth and Jim Philion, and the Fine Arts Associates Wood Shop.

USC Libraries and Museums

The Architecture and Fine Arts (AFA) Library

Located in the basement of Watt Hall, 850 Bloom Walk |map | website

The Architecture & Fine Arts Library (AFA) is located in a modernist setting designed by Becket Associates and Graeme Morland, a faculty member at the School of Architecture, on the ground floor of Watt Hall. It houses more than 75,000 volumes of books and journals dedicated to the studies of art history, fine arts, and architecture, as well as a notable collection of rare titles and artists' books.

In addition, the AFA Library has a growing collection of videos and dvds in the arts and design fields. The AFA Library's collection can be searched through the USC Libraries catalog, HOMER. The library also has several architectural and public-art archival collections. It is part of the USC Libraries system, and adheres to the USC Libraries policies on access and borrowing privileges.

USC Fisher Museum of Art

Located in Harris Hall | map | website

The USC Fisher Museum of Art is the first museum established in the city of Los Angeles that was opened as an art museum and remains solely dedicated to the exhibition and collection of fine art.

Founded in 1939 by Elizabeth Holmes Fisher and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum houses a permanent collection of some 1,800 objects including 19th century American landscapes; 16th and 17th century Northern European paintings; 18th century British portraiture; and 19th century French Barbizon paintings, as well as 20th century works on paper, paintings and sculpture and features exhibitions of local, international, and emerging artists.

Our exhibition schedule provides a lively offering of contemporary and old master exhibitions designed to introduce the arts to a wide range of audiences.

Located on the USC Campus in the heart of Los Angeles, the museum is part of an extraordinary complex of Exposition Park museums including the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the California Science Center, and the California African American Museum.

USC Special Collections

Located in Doheny Memorial Library | map | website

The Department of Special Collections at the University of Southern California oversees rare books, manuscripts, archives, and historic photographs. It contains more than 200,000 volumes, more than 1000 archival collections, and more than 2 million photographs. 

Special Collections serves as the access point for the Libraries' holdings of rare books and manuscripts and many of the University's archival collections. Our purpose is to collect, preserve, promote and foster access to primary source material in our main areas of strength: Southern California regional history; Lion Feuchtwanger and the European exiles of the 20th century in Southern California; Shoah Foundation video oral histories; American literature; natural history; Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland; and USC history.

 

Galleries on Campus

 

Helen Lindhurst Gallery

 

Watt Hall (WAH), ground floor | map

 

 

The Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery is located on the ground floor of Watt Hall on the USC University Park Campus. The 1,500-square-foot gallery, established in 1979, is primarily used for solo and group exhibitions by undergraduate students in the Roski School of Art and Design, as well as for occasional special programming such as faculty exhibitions and video screenings.

 

Gayle & Ed Roski Master of Fine Arts Gallery

 

Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower Street | map

 

 

The Roski MFA Gallery is located at the Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT) at 3001 S. Flower St., three blocks north of campus. The 2,000-square-foot gallery, established in 2005, is primarily used for exhibitions by students in the Master of Fine Arts program, as well as for occasional special programming such as alumni exhibitions and film and video screenings.

 

3001/STATION Galleries

 

Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower Street | map

 

 

3001 Gallery was launched in the fall of 2009. Situated in USC's Graduate Fine Arts building, adjacent to STATION, the gallery is committed to engaging current students with the larger Los Angeles art community. Each semester, the gallery exhibits new work by eight different artists or collectives The space has hosted recent exhibitions by current students, Roski staff member Morgan Cuppet-Michelsen, Marya Alford (MFA '05), Lindsay Ljunkull (MFA '06), and artists Kelly Akashi and Joey Lehman-Morris.

STATION, started by the Roski School Photography area, was designed by artist Tellef Tellefson (MFA '10) as an experimental space for artists to exhibit books and ephemera. Situated in USC's Graduate Fine Arts building, adjacent to the 3001 Gallery, the space is committed to engaging current students with the larger Los Angeles art community. The gallery exhibits new work by eight different artists or collectives each semester. Artists' visits to campus offer an opportunity for dialogue directly with students. The space has hosted recent exhibitions by current students, Roski alums Sydney Mills (BA '10) and Meredith Bayse (BA '10), and artist Nate Hess, as well as a collaborative exhibition curated by Lynda Bunting of works by Brian Kennon and Raymond Pettibon.