USC began offering art classes in 1883 and later, in 1895, founded the University’s art school, one of the oldest in Southern California. The USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design boasts a noteworthy history, illustrious alumni, internationally renowned faculty and diverse, talented students.
An Education for the Adventurous
USC Roski is a forward-thinking, supportive environment for creativity, experimentation and collaboration in the visual arts and design. The school’s open approach to art allows for both the integration and overlap of a number of artistic fields, and fosters opportunities for cross-discipline research and collaboration at 18 professional schools across USC, one of the world’s leading research institutions. This gives Roski students the extraordinary ability to seek a wide range of paths and to customize their degree in ways that are as individual as they are.
Immersed in L.A.’s Art Scene
Located in the heart of Los Angeles, USC Roski is at the center of a vital local art and design community, and an international gallery and museum scene. The school’s faculty and alumni are helping to fuel the city’s growth as a global art and design capital, and students find career-building experiences and opportunities here.
Engaged With the World
We believe that art and design are important means of expression that critically examine the complex, globally networked world in which we live. All of our teachings are contextualized within issues of diversity, equity and sustainability, and we inspire students to create aesthetically powerful, politically responsible and inclusive work.
At the Forefront of Contemporary Practice
Our academic culture favors interdisciplinarity. In an active quest to support, guide and develop great creative minds, Roski faculty together with students explores innovative, hybrid forms of art, design and consistently updates critical studies practices, forging new ways of imagining the future.
We Guide the Journey of Becoming
Beyond technical proficiency in methods and materials, at the Roski School, students learn what it means to be an artist, designer or curator. They learn to share and evolve ideas with fellow artists, both emerging and professionally accomplished—and with USC musicians, actors, architects, journalists, biologists and screenwriters, all of whom are among their classmates.