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USC Roski MFA Continues Under New Leadership

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Nao Bustamante, “Given Over to Want”

The USC Roski MA and MFA programs are taking applications. The rigorous programs are located in the heart of Los Angeles, which by any measure is teeming with art happenings.

The MFA is a two-year studio-based program led by Vice Dean of Art Nao Bustamante. The program is designed to maximize students’ individual studio experiences, and its instructional model is focused on critical dialogue as provided by regular studio visits with faculty, guest artists, scholars, and group critiques with peers. Core courses include Critical Studies seminars with MA students on historical and theoretical concerns central to contemporary art practice.

The MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere is a two-year program in the practice and history of curating led by Vice Dean of Critical Studies Amelia Jones. With a focus on the research and exhibition of contemporary art, as well as attending to art historical curating and broader conceptions of curating such as performance art programming, instructors with international careers lead students in asking social questions about the exhibition of art in relation to its publics.

Both programs work closely with all USC Roski faculty as well as an expanded community of leading professional artists, critics, and curators. Recent guests include John Baldessari and Meg Cranston, Fred Moten, the Yes Men, Franklin Sirmans, Huma Bhabha, Zackary Drucker, Dominic Johnson, Faith Wilding, Lorraine O’Grady, Hamza Walker, and Stuart Comer.

Financial support includes merit-based fellowships as well as research and teaching assistantships. Assistantships are awarded to highly qualified candidates on a competitive basis, and include partial and full tuition remission packages, a stipend, and health care.

USC Roski graduate program applications are due January 15, 2016.