USC Roski School of Art and Design

USC Roski School of Art and Design

USC Roski Emergency Student Fund

The impact of COVID-19 on the arts community has produced unexpected needs for our students. To directly address these issues, the USC Roski School of Art and Design has created the USC Roski Emergency Student Fund to serve undergraduate and graduate students in art and design who are experiencing temporary financial difficulties. The need can include everyday living expenses related to housing, food security, job loss, medical expenses, school supplies, and other hardships related to their studies or artistic practice. We believe these funds will provide our students with the financial stability they need to continue pursuing their degrees in art and design during these unforeseen challenges.

The University’s COVID-19 Response

USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include the USC Student Basic Needs FundKeck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response FundUSC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.

USC Roski Scholarship Fund

Of the more than 300 students enrolled, 80 percent receive financial aid or scholarships. USC Roski scholarships provide a world-class USC education to students with financial needs, and to offer opportunities beyond the classroom such as travel study tours, teaching assistant positions, and post-graduate work study.

Paintings by Roski undergrads on display at Undergraduate Open Studios, 2019 (Photo by: Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging)

In addition to scholarships, each year Roski undergraduate students are invited each to apply for independent student exhibitions as well as four prizes, which help support a proposed project resulting in an exhibition in the Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery. This academic year 14 students presented exhibitions in areas such as sculpture, painting and drawing, ceramics, design, and photography.

Opening reception of BFA Art student, Griffin Mactavish, “Jealous of Birds” exhibition in the Lindhurst Gallery, 2019

Roski Annual Fund 

Undergraduate students in class in the sculpture studio

The annual fund addresses the school’s immediate needs. This fund allows us to provide supplies, upgrade our facilities, and provide state-of-the-art equipment and gallery space across all three campuses—Main Campus, Roski Studios Building (IFT), and Roski Graduate Building in the DTLA Arts District. 

MFA Art exhibition at the Roski Graduate Building located in Los Angeles’ Arts District, 2020 (Photo: Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging) 

The Roski Difference

The school is committed to the advancement and development of our students by providing the best possible creative education. This includes real-world experience and research opportunities that go beyond the fields of art and design, plus access to programs at USC’s 19 professional schools. We strive to openly support, guide, and teach outstanding and creative minds.

USC Roski follows a model where research, teaching, and practice inform and ignite each other. Our priority is to hone specific art and design skills, while working across sectors where creative needs are required. With focal areas in design, art and critical study, students are provided with an understanding of how these visually oriented practices function in the 21st century. Our goal is to have our students go out into their communities and address important societal issues—offering practical solutions that will enhance our daily lives though art and design.

At the Epicenter of the Arts in Los Angeles 

MFA Art studio at Open Studios, 2018 (Photo: Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging)

Los Angeles has the largest concentration of artists and designers in a single region—with hundreds of established galleries and more museums than any other U.S. city. USC sits at the center of this creative city, with an internationally recognized reputation for art production in every field. The Roski School offers an unparalleled array of art and design internships in professional firms around Los Angeles that allow advanced students to explore career options in museums, galleries, advertising, design firms, film companies, special effects studios, and more.

MFA Design students designing tote bags in the Makerspace at the Roski Graduate Building (Photo: Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging)

Support Creativity

Your support gives our students access to the tools, facilities, opportunities and world-renowned faculty that will help them develop the vision and intellect they need to succeed as professional artists and designers. Please take time to support creativity by making a donation today.