The USC Roski School of Art and Design MFA program in Studio Art is located in the center of Los Angeles — one of the most important art capitals in the world — surrounded by renowned artists, critics, and curators, many of whom are USC faculty or participate in Roski’s Visiting Artist and Scholar Seminars.
Led by Vice Dean of Art Nao Bustamante, MFA students work closely with Roski’s roster of internationally acclaimed faculty, including Edgar Arceneaux, Patty Chang, Shannon Ebner, Sherin Guirguis, Mary Kelly, Suzanne Lacy, Keith Mayerson, Kori Newkirk, and Jennifer West.
The Roski MFA program maximizes student’s studio experience with a focus on critical dialogue as provided by regular studio visits with faculty artists and scholars, as well as guest artists, scholars, and curators. Group critiques with student peers also play a crucial role.
MFA candidates also take Critical Studies courses. The MA program, led by Amelia Jones, includes courses with Roski’s renowned Critical Studies faculty, examining intellectual and artistic histories, theories applied to the arts, and global art practices.
Program electives offer a platform for interdisciplinary experimentation; providing expansive possibilities for complementary fields of study at one of the world’s leading research universities. The program culminates with an MFA graduate thesis and thesis project for exhibition.
Prominent Roski alumni include Alex Israel, Elad Lassry, Paul McCarthy, Ken Price, Amanda Ross-Ho, and Robert Therrien.