Find Your Program
The Roski School offers three degrees, plus a joint MA degree with the Price School of Public Policy. As a USC Roski graduate, you’re free to practice across disciplines within art or design, as well as take USC courses outside of your field.
MA DegreeThe Masters in Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere is an intensive course of study in the practice and history of curating, which you’ll examine through the lenses of critical theory, art history and visual culture.
MFA Art DegreeThe Master of Fine Arts in Art is a two-year, full-time, studio-based exploration that allows you to focus on interdisciplinary and wide-ranging experimental, creative and intellectual topics and studies.
MFA Design DegreeThe Master of Fine Arts in Design is a five-term, 56-unit studio-based program supporting the development of your personal contemporary practice and a concept that is both unique and sustainable.
The USC Advantage
Studying art at a major university has many benefits, including interdisciplinary freedom, extensive course offerings and cultural programming across campus. You can take electives outside of Roski starting in your first semester, and we encourage you to delve into not only art, design and critical studies offerings, but also graduate-level courses in disciplines like film, comparative literature, philosophy, gender studies, communications and the sciences.
This lecture series features presentations by prominent artists, designers and scholars working across a range of art, performance and curatorial disciplines. Talks end in group discussions, giving you a chance to raise questions and share ideas. As a first-year MFA Art or Design, or MA student, you’ll also attend closed-session seminars with the featured guests.
As a capstone to an MFA Art degree, you’ll mount a solo thesis exhibition in the spring of your second year. Shows take place in the Graduate Gallery, a 2,000-square-foot space with professionally constructed moveable walls, a lighting grid, and a high-resolution video projector; located in the Los Angeles Arts District.