Studios & Labs

2D Studios

  • The Makens Wing on Watt Hall’s ground floor houses three drawing classrooms. The largest, used for most beginning classes, offers a spacious workspace with excellent lighting and extensive walls for critiques and projects. 

    Watt Hall Studios | map

  • As a Roski student, you have three painting studios available to you. All three feature large, north-facing windows and skylights for natural illumination. The largest is used for beginning classes. A second classroom is reserved exclusively for the use of 300-level painters, while the third is reserved exclusively for 400-level painters.

    Harris Hall, 2nd floor | map

  • Used for printmaking courses, this space offers you facilities for a variety of traditional printmaking techniques including etching, woodcut and monotype, in addition to new digital approaches. The lab comprises a spacious, sky-lit studio classroom and a specialized pressroom featuring three large presses, including a state-of-the-art Takach press nicknamed “Jan,” after donor Jan Handtmann. 

    Harris Hall 117 | map

3D Studios

Ceramics Studio

The spacious Galen Ceramics Studio in Watt Hall is filled with natural light and features a series of canvas-covered worktables, 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 has a full-time lab assistant and is open to you 24 hours, seven days a week.

Galen Ceramics Studio |  Watt Hall 107| map

  • The Watt Hall 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 in every class. The studios are accessible 24 hours a day and you can arrange for use of tools outside of class. 

    The 3,760-square-foot outdoor studio includes:


    • A moldmaking area for the production of plaster, latex, slipcast and silicone molds
    • A wire feed welder, plasma cutters capable of cutting 3/4″ mild steel, thermodynamics and shelves to store molds in progress
    • Metal- and bronze-casting facilities including a portable casting foundry dedicated to “lost wax” bronze casting
    • A shared woodshop open to enrolled students at USC Roski and USC Architecture, including a table saw, radial arm saw, band saw, jig saw, panel saw, chop saw, planer, sander/grinder, lathe, shears and drill press
    • The tool crib is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am-9 pm, and Fridays from 9 am–5 pm for checkout of hand and power tools.
    • The Mitchell enclosed hallway gallery, a 200-square-foot space, is ideal for site-specific installations, performances or projections, and is equipped with a Canon GL1 Digital Camera and Epson Powerlite projector with a complimenting seven-foot projector screen (available for use only in the classroom).
    • A 325-square-foot project space assigned for student installation and critiques is 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 (available only in the Fall Semester)

    Watt Hall 108 | map

Helene V. Galen Intermedia Lab

  • This space includes two state-of-the-art teaching labs offering an individual workstation for each student and an intermedia area with 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. The lab is open to you if you are a Roski student or a student currently enrolled in Roski courses, offering access to an advanced production facility for creating course work from 9 am-5:30 pm Monday through Friday. The area includes:

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


    Harris 220 | map

  • This 750-square-foot space features a gang black-and-white Darkroom with 17 Omega D5 Enlargers for traditional photographic processes, and the Equipment Cage offers you a variety of photographic and intermedia tools. You’ll also find a digital scan station with three computers, a Nikon and Pakon scanner for digitizing 35mm film and an Epson flatbed scanner. The Handtmann utilizes Harris 211—a 900-square-foot classroom with abundant natural light and studio space—as a shooting studio for Roski student projects. You may reserve times for studio use by visiting the Handtmann Lab Equipment Cage. 

    Harris Hall 120 | map

Design Studios

  • This 1725-square-foot studio is equipped with wireless; multiple work tables for production; three Macintosh computer stations; a digital projector with video and audio capabilities; and a printer and other peripherals. 


    The Design Area offers access to a variety of finishing equipment such as wire-o-binding machines, a 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).


    Watt Hall 105| map

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

    112/Del Mar Studio| map

Harris Hall /Del Mar Studio 

The USC Roski Graduate Fine Arts Building is the hub for MFA and MA students, and houses graduate studios, labs, classrooms and other facilities. 

1262 Palmetto St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 | map

  • As an MFA Art candidate, you’ll enjoy a private 176± square-foot studio. If you’re an MFA Design student, you’ll be assigned a large, open-concept workstation that encourages collaboration.

  • This space for bringing your visions to fruition offers state-of-the-art printing equipment including a 3D Systems ProJet CJP 360 3D powder printer, a Stratasys Fortus 250mc 3D printer, a Makerbot Replicator Desktop 3D printer, a Riso SF9450 printer and a Cameo Silhouette. The space also houses a Roland CAMM-1 Large Format Vinyl Cutter and a Boss LS-3655 Industrial Laser. 

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

  • This is an additional space where, as a graduate student, you can do hands-on “dirty” work outside of your studio or assigned space. It features negative air pressure for safety and a sediment sink to filter and keep waste particles out of the public drains. 

  • The Advanced Photography Lab, used for graduate courses in color and advanced black-and-white photography, has approximately 3,500 square feet of work space and offers you access to a 900-square-foot shooting studio with dedicated lighting equipment and a black-and-white darkroom equipped with eight enlargers for fiber printing enlargements up to 20”x24” from up to 4”x5’’ negatives. The digital lab includes 16 Mac workstations with digital-imaging and video-editing software; 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- and large-format film camera kits; Canon EOS 5D Mark II, III, and IV cameras; Sony a7 ii and iii cameras; tripods; strobe and hot light kits; and light modifiers.

  • As an MA Curatorial candidate, you’ll meet with your peers exclusively in this conference room. A well-appointed meeting space for team projects, it is named for donors Beth and Jim Philion, and provides stunning surroundings for MA Curatorial Practices group conversations, critiques and collaborations.

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

    3001 S. Flower Street, LA 90007 (enter off of 30th Street) | map