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Watt and Harris Halls, 850 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The hub of USC Roski School of Art and Design resides on the main USC campus in two buildings, Watt and Harris Halls, that are dedicated to art and design. Within these buildings, Roski students have access to the Galen Ceramics Studio; three design studios, including the Galen 3D print lab; two large drawing & painting studios; a printmaking lab; as well as the Handtmann Photography Lab and the Galen Intermedia Lab. The large Sculpture Studio, with both indoor and outdoor spaces, includes a shared woodshop. At the center of it all is the Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery—open to the public Monday through Friday—where undergraduate students can apply annually to present exhibitions of their artwork. 

Click below for a complete list of the facilities and state-of-the-art equipment available to students on the Main Campus.

Main Campus Facilities

Ceramics Studios

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 gas Geil kiln and a DLB30 gas kiln. Next to the kiln yard is a covered area devoted solely to the use of plaster for moldmaking. The ceramics facility is open 24 hours, seven days a week and has a full time lab assistant.


Design Studios  

Watt Hall 105map

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 Studiomap

This 800 square-foot classroom features an Affinia Desktop 3D printer, selection of hand tools and fabrication equipment, an iMac workstation, a desktop product photography station with lights.

Harris 220/Helene V. Galen Intermedia Lab map

The Helene V. Galen Intermedia Lab is open to all Roski students and students currently enrolled in Roski courses access from 9am - 5:30pm, Monday through Friday, giving those students access to an advanced production facility in which to create all of their course work. This area includes:

  • The Galen 3D Lab features two Makerbot Desktop 3D printers, professional-level laser cutter, two desktop Cameo cutters, large photos and negative scanners, high-volume color photocopier, a heat press, consumer level 3D scanner/software, and dye sublimation printer. 
  • 2D / Print Lab with two desktop Cameo cutters, large photos and negative scanners, large-format 2D color printer, high-volume color photocopier, and five 2D medium format inkjet printers.
  • Classroom offers 17 iMac workstations with 2D and 3D software.


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, is spacious with excellent lighting and extensive walls for critiques and projects. 

Painting Studios: Harris Hall, 2nd floor | map
Three painting studios are available for the painting students. 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 all Roski students and students currently enrolled in Roski courses. Students have access to an advanced production facility in which to create their course work from 9am - 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.


Photography Labs

USC Roski School of Art and Design operates two well-equipped photography labs: The Janet & George Handtmann Photography Lab for beginning black and white traditional darkroom processes; the Advanced Photography Lab 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.

Janet & George Handtmann Photography LabHarris Hall 120 map
The Handtmann Lab is 750-square-foot space that features a gang black and white Darkroom with 17 Omega D5 Enlargers for traditional photographic processes. In addition, the lab includes the Equipment Cage, which offers a variety of photographic and intermedia equipment for Roski students. There is also a digital scan station with three computers, a Nikon and Pakon scanner for digitizing 35mm film, and an Epson flatbed scanner.

The Handtmann also utilizes Harris 211-a 900 square-foot classroom with abundant natural light and studio space for Roski student projects as a shooting studio. Students may reserve times for studio use by visiting the Equipment Cage in Handtmann Lab. 

Advanced Photography Lab
USC Roski also offers an Advanced Photography Lab housed in the Roski Studios Building, just a few blocks from main campus. Scroll down for details.


Printmaking Lab

Harris Hall 117 map
Printmaking courses facilitates a variety of traditional printmaking techniques including etching, woodcut, and monotype, in addition to new digital approaches and are in 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. 


Sculpture Studio

Watt Hall 108 map
The sculpture facility boasts spacious indoor/outdoor studios, a well-equipped wood and metal shop with full-time technical support, a foundry for 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 3,760-square-foot outdoor studio includes:

  • Moldmaking area for the production of plaster, latex, slipcast, and silicone molds.
  • Facility includes wire feed welder, plasma cutters capable of cutting 3/4" mild steel, thermodynamics, and shelves to store molds are in progress.
  • Metal and bronze casting including portable casting foundry dedicated to "lost wax" bronze casting.
  • Shared woodshop open to enrolled students at USC Roski and USC Architecture. The facility includes a table saw, radial arm saw, band saw, jig saw, panel saw, chop saw, planer, sander/grinder, lathe, shears, and drill press.
  • Tool crib is open Monday through Thursday, 9am - 9pm, and 9am – 5pm Fridays for checkout of hand and power tools.
  • Mitchell enclosed hallway gallery, a 200-square-foot space, is ideal for site-specific installations, performances, or projections and equipped with a Canon GL1 Digital Camera and Epson Powerlite projector to complimenting a 7-foot projector screen (available for use only in class room).
  • A 325-square-foot project space assigned for student installation and critiques equipped with a Sony CMT-M70 audio CD system.
  • The Chapel Gallery, a 400-square-foot, outdoor space for sculpture or installations that need natural light. Only available in the Fall Semester.


Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts 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 for solo and group exhibitions by undergraduate students enrolled in the Roski School of Art and Design, as well as for occasional special programming such as faculty exhibitions and video screenings.


3001 S. Flower Street | map
IFT access and hours are 9am - 5pm, by using USC ID cards  

Located a half-mile from campus, at the corner of 30th and Flower Streets, is the newly repurposed USC Roski Studios Building. This building, which is under renovation, will offer shared undergraduate studios for Roski BFA Art and Design seniors. In addition, the building includes the Advanced Photography Lab, a photo studio/classroom, student lounge, lecture forum, conference room, outdoor work area, office suite, and the stunning, 2,000 square-foot Gayle and Ed Roski Gallery—featuring a variety of exhibitions by students, alumni, and members of the arts community.

Click below for a complete list of the facilities and state-of-the-art equipment available to students at the Studios Building.

USC Roski Studios Building Facilities


Upon completion of the renovation, spacious studios will be offered to Roski seniors in art and design.


The Roski MFA Gallery is a 2,000-square-foot gallery, established in 2005, is primarily used for exhibitions by upper-level students, as well as for occasional special programming such as alumni exhibitions and film and video screenings.



The Advanced Photography Lab is approximately 3500 square feet where students have access to a 900 square foot shooting studio with dedicated lighting equipment, a black and white darkroom equipped with 8 enlargers for fiber printing enlargements up to 20x24” from up to 4x5’’ negatives, and a digital lab.   The digital lab includes 16 Mac workstations with digital imaging and video editing software, a Hasselblad Flextight X1 and Hasselblad Imacon FT646 high resolution film scanners, an Epson Expression 10000 XL flatbed scanner, a 44" Epson 9900 inkjet printer, a 64’’ Epson P20000 inkjet printer, and five Epson 3880 inkjet printers. Equipment for checkout highlights include medium format film cameras, large format film camera kits, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, III, and IV cameras, Sony a7 ii and iii cameras, tripods, strobe kits, hot light kits, and light modifiers.



The 450 square-foot woodshop offers graduate students Sawstop table saw, Agazzani 12” bandsaw, 1hp Drill press, 12” DeWalt miter saw, 12” disc/belt sander and 8” panel saw capable of handling full 4’ x 8’ sheets of various materials.


Los Angeles Arts District, 1262 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles 90013

This new complex in the LA Arts District, one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Los Angeles, houses the MFA Design, the MFA Art, and the MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere programs. In Fall 2018, USC Roski established the new 25,000-square-foot campus that features a 2,000-square-foot Graduate Gallery, private studios for the MFA Art students, open concept studios for the MFA Design students, the Philion Roundtable for MA students, a makerspace, classrooms, and conference and collaboration spaces all outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and technologies. 

Click below for a complete list of the facilities and state-of-the-art equipment available to students at the Graduate Building.

USC Roski Graduate Building Facilities


Each MFA Art candidate enjoys a private 176± square-foot studios. MFA Design candidates are each assigned a large, open concept work station that encourages collaboration. The MA Curatorial candidates meet exclusively in The Philion Rount Table conference room, a well-appointed meeting space for team projects.


The Makerspace

The Makerspace offers state-of-the-art printing equipment, including a 3D Systems ProJet CJP 360 3D Powder Printer, Stratasys Fortus 250mc 3D Printer, Makerbot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, Riso SF9450 Printer and a Cameo Silhouette, as well as a Roland CAMM-1 Large Format Vinyl Cutter and a Boss LS-3655 Industrial Laser. 


The Edit Room 

Graduate students have access to a private video editing space featuring an Apple Mac Pro, color accurate/calibrated displays, and studio monitors in a room lined with acoustic panels. 


The Work Room 

An additional space for our graduate students to do hands on “dirty” work outside of their studios or assigned spaces. It features negative air pressure for safety and a sediment sink to filter and keep waste particles out of the public drains. 


The Philion Round Table 

A conference room named for Beth and Jim Philion, is a stunning conference room for the MA Curatorial Practices candidates. 


The USC Roski School graduate students also have exclusive access to the USC Fine Arts Associates Woodshop located at the USC Roski Studios Building. This space is capable of handling most general wood working tasks with its Sawstop table saw, Agazzani 12” bandsaw, 1hp Drill press, 12” DeWalt miter saw, 12” disc/belt sander and 8” panel saw capable of handling full 4’ x 8’ sheets of various materials.


Founded in 1939, the USC Fisher Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of some 1,800 objects and maintains an exhibition schedule designed to introduce the arts to a wide range of audiences—featuring art from Old Masters to contemporary works. The Art and Architecture Library offers more than 75,000  books and journals dedicated to the studies of art history, fine arts, photography, and architecture, as well as a notable collection of rare titles and artists’ books. The Special Collections at the University of Southern California oversees archives, manuscripts, historic photographs, and rare books. It contains more than 200,000 books, over 1,000 archival collections, and more than 2 million photographs. Further afield, the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California, is one of few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands.  

Click below for addtional information on USC's museums and libraries.

In addition to the art museums and libraries on campus, USC is situated directly across the street from Los Angeles’ Exposition Park, which features important museums, including the Natural History Museum, the California African American Museum and soon to open, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.


USC Fisher Museum of Art

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 USC Fisher Museum houses a permanent collection of some 1,800 objects including 19thcentury American landscapes; 16thand 17thcentury Northern European paintings; 18thcentury British portraiture; and 19thcentury French Barbizon paintings, we well as 20thcentury works on paper, paintings and sculpture and features exhibitions of local, international, and emerging artists.

The museum’s 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.


Pacific Asia Museum

Established in 1971, the museum is one of few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands, serving the city of Los Angeles and the Greater Southern California region. The museum’s mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

The museum’s collection to grow to more than 15,000 objects, spanning more than four thousand years and the region extending from Persia to the Pacific Islands. The museum fulfills its mission by organizing and presenting exhibitions, performances, lectures, classes, workshops, and festivals, all drawing on the arts and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. These programs provide quality arts programming and education to children and families, ensuring greater access to the arts for area residents and nurturing new audiences.

In its brief history, the museum has organized and presented a number of groundbreaking exhibitions, including the first North American exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art after the Revolution and the first exhibition of Aboriginal art in the United States. Exhibitions originated by the museum have traveled across the country and to Japan. The museum is also committed to scholarship and has produced more than 50 exhibition catalogues.


The Architecture and Fine Arts Library (AFA)

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 Special Collections

Located in Doheny Memorial Library |  map  | website

The Department of Special Collections at USC 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. The purpose is to collect, preserve, promote and foster access to primary source material in our these main areas of strength: Southern California regional history; Lion Feuchtwanger and the European exiles of the 20thcentury in Southern California; Shoah Foundation video oral histories; American literature; natural history; Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland; and USC history.


Just three miles south of Downtown Los Angeles, the USC University Park Campus covers 226 acres and comprises a vibrant mix of green and park spaces, fountains and sculptures, and contemporary and traditional architecture. With its grand opening in fall 2017, the newly constructed USC Village has become a town center comprising 1.2 million square feet of retail and residential space. Eight new residential colleges provide 2,700 beds for USC students. From engineering programs that promote the design and development of “green” technologies, to our rideshare and commuter services, to healthy dining options, USC remains committed to the environment and sustainability.

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