University Of Southern California - Roski School Of Fine Arts

At the USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Fine Arts our first priority is the education and cultivation of our students through the study of visual art. We provide a challenging context for students to research, produce, and critically evaluate their creative work within a cultural and historical framework. The School recognizes that the marriage of concept and form that has preoccupied artists for centuries has become critical to all human endeavors today.

With the 21st Century well launched, we are witnessing momentous shifts in culture and university education and dramatic growth of career opportunities open to art students upon graduation. The USC Roski School of Fine Arts takes a leadership role in addressing these developments by teaching modes of thought and providing tools of expression that bring contemporary issues into the studio and classroom, giving students access to new directions in art making and critical theory. Students develop material and research skills through thoughtful investigation and the rediscovery of the real, tactile, and genuine, observed human experience. While other art schools tend t... [ Read All ]

Los Angeles

United States

Watt Hall 104, University Park Campus
CA 90089-0292
Phone: 213.740.2787
Fax: 213.740.8938

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Sample Student Art Work (7)

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Department and information about the department

The USC Roski School of Fine Arts offers B.F.A. and B.A. degrees for undergraduate studies and graduate degrees in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) and Public Art Studies (M.P.A.S.). Undergraduate areas include Painting and Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, New Genres, Intermedia (Digital Media), and Ceramics.  

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Information For  Undergraduates

The USC Roski School of Fine Arts supplemental application consists of a portfolio of 10-15 slides in a clear plastic slide sheet, or scanned images on a CD, plus a personal statement. DO NOT submit original artwork or prints or books of artwork. Transfer students are required to additionally submit two letters of recommendation from their art instructors. Submit supplemental application and materials in a simple, manila-type envelope directly to the Roski School of Fine Arts, postmarked by the application due date. For return of your materials please include a self-addressed STAMPED envelope; otherwise, materials will not be returned.

A panel of studio faculty evaluates applications for originality, clarity, personal insight, and artistic excellence. Considerable importance is placed on the personal statement, portfolio, and letters of recommendation (for transfer students only) which give the committee a sense of the individual and play a critical role in determining the final selection. Recommendations for admission are sent to the USC Office of Admission for final decision rev...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

USC Roski School of Fine Arts has two graduate programs: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Public Art Studies (MPAS). There are two dual degree options within the Public Art Studies program: Master of Public Art Studies/Master of Planning (MPAS/MPl) and Master of Public Art Studies/Master of Jewish Communal Service (MPAS/MA).

Applicants must submit two applications: a USC Graduate Application available at, and a Roski School supplemental application, available at Dual Degree applicants must apply separately to both degree programs.

All Roski School supplemental applications include a personal statement and three letters of recommendation from instructors or persons able to comment on the applicant's creative and academic potential. These materials can be submitted electronically via the USC Graduate Application website or mailed directly to the Roski School. Two copies of official transcripts of all college work must be sent: one to the USC Office of Admission and one to the Roski School of Fine Arts.

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