USC Roski School of Art and Design

USC Roski School of Art and Design

The Roski Difference

The USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design is committed to the advancement and development of our students by providing the best possible creative education, which includes real-world experience and research opportunities that go beyond the fields of art and design and consider important programs at USC’s 19 professional schools. We strive to openly support, guide and teach outstanding creative minds.

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

2018-2019 Accomplishments

In August 2018, USC Roski launched a 2-year MFA in Design program in a new facility located in the epicenter of creativity – Los Angeles Arts District. The first cohort brought a new level of design and talent to Roski, while taking advantage of the design studios, museums, and galleries in the neighborhood. Students looked beyond the classroom and collaborated with the Los Angeles Poverty Department on the design of the “Skid Row Arts Festival for All” and made canopies and signage for the event.

MFA Design students work on canopy for the Skid Row Arts Festival for All (October 2018)  


MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere class of 2019 unveiled their exhibition Out of Character: Self-Imaging though Narrative and spent more than 8 months working with renowned artists, securing art loans from collectors, contributing scholarly essays for the catalogue and ultimately showcased the work of ten Pacific Rim artists in a professionally installed exhibition.

Installation view of MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere class of 2019 exhibition Out of Character: Self-Imaging though Narrative (November 2018)  


As a capstone to their graduate degrees, MFA Art students each present a solo thesis exhibition that  cover topics that include personal narratives, timely social issues and more. The ambition, talent and level of professionalism was evident in each student’s exhibition.

Installation view of By the Rivers, I Stood and Stared into the Sun by Star Montana (May 2019)  
Installation view of People Write Congrats Because They Can’t Spell Congrajulashins by Reed Van Brunschot (May 2019)  


Each year, Roski undergraduate art and design students are invited each to apply for independent student exhibitions held in the Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery on campus. Last year 18 solo exhibitions were presented, and the year culminated with the annual student exhibition at the Fisher Museum of Art.

Exhibition view of undergraduate student, Leor Alon’s solo exhibition From the Same Mold in the Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery (2019)  
Exhibition view of the 2019 Annual Student Exhibition featuring undergraduate work in the USC Fisher Museum of Art (May 2019)


At the Epicenter of Creativity

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 with an internationally recognized reputation for art production in every field. USC Roski offers an unparalleled array of art and design internships in professional firms around Los Angeles that allow advanced art and design students to explore career options in museums, galleries, advertising and design firms, film companies, special effects studios and more.

Roski students designing tote bags in the Makerspace  

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.


Success stories of USC Roski alumni:

Patrisse Cullors, MFA ’19, thesis show featured in the LA Times

Sharif Farrag, BFA '18, obtained gallery representation at Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles

Richelle Gribble, BFA’ 13, was the 2018 artist in residence at the Biosphere 2

Elena Hutchinson, BFA Design ’14, launched a new line of activewear called Lorica  

Mia Locks, MPAS ’10, was appointed Senior Curator at MOCA Los Angeles

Seymour Polatin, MA ’19, named one of the “10 Young Movers and Shakers Taking the Los Angeles Art Scene by Storm”

Ehren Tool, BFA ’00, featured in The New York Times Magazine