USC Roski Launches MFA in Design. Program housed in new LA Arts District facility. Classes begin in fall.

The USC Roski School of Art and Design today announced the launch of a two-year MFA in Design that will enroll its first class in Fall 2018. Within a rigorous and dynamic studio-based curriculum, students will work closely with USC Roski's internationally acclaimed design and critical studies faculties, as well as renowned professionals in an array of creative fields. The program provides a unique educational experience that focuses on wide-ranging experimental design, social practices, and teaching methodologies as viewed from a global perspective. Students will have myriad opportunities for cross-disciplinary study through electives offered in schools across USC, one of the world’s leading research universities. Details at

To house the two-year studio program, USC Roski Dean Erica Muhl announced the establishment of a new facility in the stunning At Mateo complex located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ exciting Arts District. Opening in summer 2018, the 15,000 square-foot campus will boast an open concept design studio, makerspace, classrooms, and conference and collaboration spaces, all outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to attract a new breed of designers. The space will also include a Designer in Residence studio, providing a deep-dive for students and select audiences into the creative processes of leading designers from around the world.

USC has been at the forefront of interdisciplinary education for more than a decade. Roski Design electives provide a platform for experimentation and encourage students to explore the expansive possibilities for complementary fields of study at USC’s 19 professional schools. Collaborations with Engineering, Business, Communication, Cinematic Arts, Music, Medicine, Public Policy, Social Work, USC’s groundbreaking Iovine and Young Academy, and many others can develop a strong foundation for new specializations and new career pathways for USC Roski students.

In addition to classroom and studio instruction, the program offers annual study and research opportunities via travel within the United States, Asia or Europe. These programs provide a constantly changing perspective on the discipline, and serve as an important alternative to learning in Los Angeles. The Design Study Tour consists of a faculty-guided, 7-day tour to a specific American city; the International Design Study Tour consists of a faculty-guided 14- to 16-day, multi-city tour to European or Asian destinations such as London, Berlin, Tokyo, Shanghai, or New Delhi. Both tours include visits to diverse and dynamic design firms and studios, meeting with art and design professionals, and visits to museums and other cultural institutions.

The USC Roski School of Art and Design Graduate Design Facility
The USC Roski Graduate Design facility is located in the At Mateo complex on the corner of Palmetto Street and Mateo Street, in one of the Arts District’s most sought after residential and retail areas. The design aesthetic was inspired by the District’s manufacturing and industrial past, coupled with a vision for a modern yet timeless future. Repurposed brick, concrete and wood were choses as primary materials, representative of the heart and history of the neighborhood. The Los Angeles Arts District has evolved into one of the country’s most talked about, imaginative, authentic and upscale urban neighborhoods. Fewer than forty square blocks of historical brick, concrete and wood-beamed industrial warehouses and manufacturing plants, accented by the colorful character of local artists' murals and repurposed compelling architecture which encompass this unique neighborhood.