USC School of
he USC School of Fine Arts provides a well-balanced education in the creative, interpre-
T tive and critical processes essential to practicing art. In lectures, seminars, studio work
and one-on-one meetings, faculty and students energetically challenge fixed notions of
art and culture. The distinguished, dedicated faculty comprises leading artists exhibiting in museums
and galleries throughout the world. The school offers B.F.A. and B.A. degrees for undergraduate
studies and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts and Public Art Studies.
Each year the school attracts approximately 275 undergraduate majors, over 1,000 liberal arts
students and 50 graduate students. As the first art school in the region, the USC School of Fine
Arts is committed to the frontier of artistic exploration. The school’s intermedia area is devoted to
the expanding role of technology in the visual arts, while maintaining a strong foundation in tradi-
tional artistic practice. This broad-based education imbues students with an appreciation for the
variety of artistic expression yet encourages them to discover their individual creative voices.
Centrally located in one of the world’s most The school boasts excellent facilities. Equipped with 15 workstations supporting all intermedia
important centers for the exhibition, production software, the new Helene V. Galen Intermedia Lab is among the most sophisticated, up-to-date
and distribution of visual culture, the USC
School of Fine Arts has one of the best internship digital studios of its kind in a school of fine arts. Also opening in 2005, the Makens Family Painting
programs on the west coast paving the way to
and Drawing Wing will offer brand new classrooms specifically designed for the interaction of
exciting career opportunities for its students.
traditional media and state-of-the-art technology. Other facilities include two spacious photography
studios with all new equipment and superb studios for woodwork, metalwork and ceramics. The
Architecture and Fine Arts Library houses more than 75,000 volumes, including unique special
collections and more than 250,000 slides. USC is a major cultural center in Los Angeles, and work
by students, faculty and renowned artists is regularly exhibited at the Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts
Gallery, the new F2 Graduate Gallery and the USC Fisher Gallery.
Southern California provides a fertile cultural environment for the practice and study of fine arts.
In Los Angeles, there are more galleries and museums per capita than anywhere else on the planet.
These include the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of
Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Norton Simon Museum, and the Pacific Asia Museum, as well as
hundreds of commercial galleries and alternative spaces, many in close proximity to the campus.
Museums, galleries, advertising agencies, design firms, artist studios, and the music and film indus-
tries offer a wealth of internship and employment opportunities.
616 USC School of Fine Arts
Watt Hall of Architecture Assistant Professor: Charlie White, M.F.A. Richard Parker, M.F.A.; Julia Paull, M.F.A.;
and Fine Arts 104 Kelly Poe, M.F.A.; Lauren Richardson,
(213) 740-2787 Lecturers: Lisa Auerbach, M.F.A.; Tad Beck, M.F.A.; Thomas Schorer, M.F.A.; Francesco
FAX: (213) 740-8938 M.F.A.; Kenny Berger, M.F.A.; Anne Bray, Siqueros, M.F.A.; Brad Spence, M.F.A.;
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org M.F.A.; Justin Bua, M.F.A.; Jedediah Caesar, Frances Stark, M.F.A.; Joel Tauber, M.F.A.;
http://finearts.usc.edu M.F.A.; Christopher Chinn, M.F.A.; Caroline Linda Venis, Ph.D.; Erika Vogt, M.F.A.; Alexis
Clerc, M.F.A.; Robbie Conal, M.F.A.; Jessica Weidig, M.F.A.; Sarah Welch, M.A.; Holly
Administration Cusick, M.A.; Drew Dominick, M.F.A.; Willis, Ph.D.; Ewa Wojciak, M.F.A.; David
Ruth Weisberg, M.A., Dean Shannon Ebner, M.F.A.; David Folender, Yamamoto, M.F.A.
M.F.A.; Keiko Fukazawa, M.F.A.; Bia Gayotto,
Faculty M.F.A.; Douglas Gilbert, M.F.A.; Sherin Adjunct Assistant Professors: Hisako Asano,
Professors: David Bunn, M.F.A.; Jud Fine, Guirguis, M.F.A.; Carmine Iannacone, M.F.A.; M.F.A.; Ann Page, B.F.A.
M.F.A.; Robbert Flick, M.F.A.*; Kenneth Wm. Everett Kane, M.F.A.; Helen Kim,
Price, M.F.A.; Ron Rizk, M.F.A.; Ruth M.F.A.; Karen Koblitz, M.F.A.; Cindy Emeritus Professors: Keith A. Crown, B.F.A.;
Weisberg, M.A.*; Jay S. Willis, M.A. Kolodziejski, M.F.A.; Arzu Kosar, M.F.A.; Edgar Ewing, B.F.A.
Caryl Levy, M.A.; Ferdinand Lewis, M.A.;
Associate Professors: Bob Alderette, M.F.A.; Haven Lin-Kirk, M.F.A.; Barbara McCarren, *Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.
Margaret Lazzari, M.F.A.*; Sharon Lockhart, M.F.A.; Karen Moss, Ph.D.; Sandeep
M.F.A.; Margit Omar, M.F.A.*; Gary Mukherjee, M.F.A.; Thomas Muller, M.F.A.;
Simmons, M.F.A. Trevor Norris, M.F.A.; Brian Olson, B.A.;
Janet Owen, M.F.A.; Jorge Pardo, M.F.A.;
Degrees Offered and returned to USC School of Fine Arts, Graduate Admission
At the undergraduate level, the school offers University Park, Watt Hall 104, Los Angeles, Applications for admission to the graduate
the Bachelor of Fine Arts. The Bachelor of CA 90089-0292 or http://finearts.usc.edu. programs of the School of Fine Arts are eval-
Arts (fine arts-studio arts) is offered in con- Applicants applying before January 10 for the uated by the USC Office of Admission before
junction with the College of Letters, Arts and fall semester and September 15 for the spring being forwarded to the school. Students must
Sciences. The School of Fine Arts also offers semester will receive priority consideration be admitted by both the Graduate School
six minor programs in studio arts and par- for admission to the university. The deadline and the School of Fine Arts. The Graduate
ticipates in a 3-D animation minor in con- for transfer applicants for the fall semester is School’s general admission requirements
junction with the School of Engineering’s March 1. include official transcripts of all previous col-
Information Technology Program and a lege and university work.
communication design minor in conjunction A portfolio consisting of 10-15 slides, in addi-
with the Marshall School of Business and the tion to the supplemental application, is Applicants to all graduate programs in the School
Annenberg School for Communication. required for all B.F.A. or B.A. (Fine Arts- of Fine Arts must submit a supplemental applica-
Studio Arts) studio applicants. Portfolios must tion, available from the USC School of Fine
Degrees offered at the graduate level are: be sent directly to the School of Fine Arts. Arts, Watt Hall 104, Los Angeles, CA 90089-
Master of Fine Arts, Master of Public Art For additional information, please write or 0292 or http://finearts.usc.edu, and three letters
Studies, and a dual degree, Master of Public call the USC School of Fine Arts, Watt Hall of recommendation from instructors or per-
Art Studies/Master of Planning. 104, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0292, telephone sons able to comment on the applicant’s
(213) 740-2787. creative work. Please note the additional
Minimum Grade Point Average admission requirements on the supplemental
Requirements Students who have not been admitted to the application form.
A minimum grade of C (2.0) or higher is School of Fine Arts may complete a maxi-
required in all studio and art history courses mum of 20 units at USC. No further course Advisement
for all undergraduate majors and minors in the work may be taken until admitted. Students Academic advisement is provided to fine
School of Fine Arts. A grade of C- or lower who complete the maximum number of arts majors, minors and graduate students
will not satisfy a major or minor requirement. units without gaining admission to the school through the School of Fine Arts Student
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must will be advised to select another major. Services Office in Watt Hall 116, (213) 821-
be maintained by all candidates for the Students are encouraged to contact the 1290. The staff advisors provide information
Master of Fine Arts and Master of Public Art school’s Student Services Office, Watt Hall regarding academic life at the university, pro-
Studies. 116, (213) 740-7567, for advisement and gram requirements, policies and procedures
assistance. to assist students with their degree comple-
Undergraduate Admission tion. Majors are required to meet with the
Admission to the School of Fine Arts at the advisor before registering each semester.
undergraduate level is granted through the Appointments may be scheduled at most
USC Office of Admission. A supplementary times during the academic year.
application form must be obtained from
Undergraduate Degrees 617
Grading International Study Options Overseas Studies Office in CAS 104, (213)
All fine arts courses must be taken for a letter Fine Arts majors may take advantage of art 740-3636, or www.usc.edu/LAS/overseas for
grade unless otherwise noted in the course courses offered through study abroad pro- complete information, program requirements
descriptions. Auditing fine arts classes is not grams in Canberra, Australia and Florence or and applications.
allowed. Cortona, Italy. These options are described
on pages 68 through 70. Please contact USC
Bachelor of Fine Arts
The B.F.A. is a four-year studio intensive Curriculum Requirements Fine Arts electives:
program in preparation for a career in the The B.F.A. requires a total of 128 units, Select 24 additional units from the following:
fine arts, and/or related fields or pursuit of a including 96 units of fine art requirements. FA 100-299 studio, no “x” classes
master of fine arts degree. With few required
courses or electives and a wide variety of REQUIRED COURSES UNITS Select 40 additional units from the following:
media from which to choose, the B.F.A. pro- FA 101a Drawing 4 FA 300-499 studio
vides ample opportunity to explore and devel- FA 102 Design Fundamentals 4
op a strong personal vision in art. FA 106 Sculpture I 4 Total units: 96
FA 150 Visual Culture and
Introductory courses focus on technique and General Education Requirements
conceptual context while building a solid FA 350 Art Theory and
The university’s general education program
grounding in art history and critical theory. Criticism 4
provides a coherent, integrated introduction
Advanced students work on self-generated FA 450x Senior Seminar 4
to the breadth of knowledge you will need to
independent projects under the guidance and One course from the following:
consider yourself (and to be considered by
mentoring of individual faculty members. AHIS 100-299 4
other people) a generally well-educated per-
Emphasis in the last year is on the production One course from the following:
son. This new program requires six courses in
of a professional quality portfolio of work. AHIS 370 Modern Art III:
different categories, plus writing and diversi-
1940 to the Present 4
ty requirements, which together comprise the
PAS 371 Art in the Public Realm:
USC Core. See pages 60 and 219 for more
Contemporary Issues 4
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts (Studio Arts)
The bachelor of arts is a liberal arts degree REQUIRED COURSES UNITS Fine Arts electives:
that provides the student with a combination FA 101a Drawing 4
Select 16 additional units from the following:
of studio art and the choice of a minor field of FA 102 Design Fundamentals 4
FA 100-299 studio, no “x” classes
study such as communication, multimedia, FA 106 Sculpture I 4
education, business, film or computer anima- FA 150 Visual Culture and
Select 16 additional units from the following:
tion. The B.A. program offers a more flexible Literacy 4
FA 300-499 studio
and broad academic education than the bache- FA 350 Art Theory and
lor of fine arts degree while still providing a Criticism 4 Total units: 64
meaningful experience in the studio area that FA 450x Senior Seminar 4
can be an asset in preparing for many art- One course from the following: General Education Requirements
related careers. AHIS 100-299 4 The university’s general education program
One course from the following: provides a coherent, integrated introduction to
Curriculum Requirements AHIS 370 Modern Art III: the breadth of knowledge you will need to con-
The bachelor of arts (B.A.) requires a total 1940 to the Present 4 sider yourself (and to be considered by other
of 128 units including 64 units of fine arts PAS 371 Art in the Public Realm: people) a generally well-educated person. This
requirements. Contemporary Issues 4 new program requires six courses in different
categories, plus writing, foreign language and
diversity requirements, which together com-
prise the USC Core. See pages 60 and 219 for
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Minor and Honors Programs
Minor in Fine Arts COMM 340 The Culture of New AHIS 469 Critical Approaches to
The School of Fine Arts offers a minor in fine Media 4 Photography 4
arts as a supplement to major fields of spe- COMM 375 Business and Professional FA 310 Digital Photo Studio 4
cialization in other departments and schools Communication 4 FA 315 Multimedia Studio 4
for students whose academic programs do not FA 302 Design III 4 FA 320 Video Studio 4
permit the opportunity to pursue one of the FA 310 Digital Photo Studio 4 FA 350 Art Theory and Criticism 4
school’s regular degree options. There are six FA 315 Multimedia Studio 4 FA 410 Advanced Digital
intensive studio minors — in painting, draw- FA 320 Video Studio 4 Photo Studio 4, max 12
ing, photography, sculpture, two-dimensional FA 332 Typography 2 FA 415 Advanced
studies, and digital media-based imaging — FA 402 Advanced Design Multimedia Studio 4, max 12
as well as interdisciplinary graphics minors in Projects 4, max 12 FA 420 Advanced Video
communication design and 3-D animation. FA 410 Advanced Digital Studio 4, max 12
There is a separate application for fine arts Photo Studio 4, max 12
minors. FA 415 Advanced Minor in Drawing
Multimedia Studio 4, max 12 Students enrolled in the minor in drawing
Candidates for the minors in the School of FA 420 Advanced Video will develop their creativity and technical
Fine Arts will be counseled by an academic Studio 4, max 12 drawing skills, as well as deepen their under-
advisor in the School of Fine Arts. JOUR 340 Introduction to Advertising 4 standing of contemporary art. Foundation
JOUR 342 Advertising Media and courses provide the fundamentals of spatial
Minor in Communication Design Analysis 4 rendering, composition, figure drawing and
The core of this minor is communication JOUR 343 Advertising Design and visual expression. Advanced courses require
design. In addition to courses in design, visu- Production 4 more ambitious projects, personal direction,
al literacy and digital imaging, this minor MKT 405 Advertising and Promotion research and sustained focus. The minor is
includes optional courses in business, com- Management 4 available to all USC students who wish to
munication, journalism and marketing, allow- MKT 406 Practicum in Advertising develop their abilities to communicate
ing students to translate their design founda- and Promotion Design 4 through visual means, or who wish to develop
tion in ways that are directly relevant to their MKT 450 Consumer Behavior and skills for conceptualization and problem solv-
career paths. The total number of units Marketing 4 ing. The minor in drawing can assist the stu-
required for the minor is 24-28. dents in art-related work, as well as creative
Minor in Digital Media-based Imaging pursuits such as printed works with images,
REQUIRED COURSES UNITS This minor deals with art making using new Web sites, games and animation. A total of
FA 102 Design Fundamentals 4 technologies, including digital photography, 24-28 units are required for this minor.
digital video and computer imaging. Course
One lower division course (4 units) chosen
work includes choice of classes in history of REQUIRED COURSES (24-28 UNITS) UNITS
from the following:
photography, digital media, visual literacy and FA 101ab Drawing 4-4
FA 150 Visual Culture and computer imaging. The professional aspects FA 201a Life Drawing 4
Literacy 4 of this minor assist students in developing
FA 202 Design II (corequisite: careers in fine arts, communication, engineer- Optional extra lower-division course:
FA 203) 4 ing, film, journalism and in any area where FA 150 Visual Culture and
FA 210 Introduction to Digital there is a need for flexible and creative imag- Literacy 4
ing using digital media. The total number of
FA 215 Introduction to Digital units required for the minor is 28. Three upper division courses (12 units) chosen
Video and Interactivity 4 from the following:
REQUIRED COURSES UNITS
FA 301 Advanced Drawing 4
Four upper division courses (16 units) chosen Lower division FA 331 The Human Figure in
from the following: FA 150 Visual Culture and Narrative Drawing 2
ACCT 410x Accounting for Literacy 4 FA 350 Art Theory and Criticism 4
Non-Business Majors 4 FA 209a Photography 4 FA 401 Topics in Advanced
BAEP 423 Management of Small FA 210 Introduction to Digital Drawing 4, max 12
Businesses 4 Photography 4
BAEP 451 The Management of New FA 215 Introduction to Digital Minor in Painting
Enterprises 4 Video and Interactivity 4 Within both western and non-western tradi-
BAEP 454 The Entrepreneurial tions, painting has a long history as a site for
Business Plan 4 Three upper division courses (12 units) chosen
aesthetic experience and cultural question-
BUAD 307 Marketing Fundamentals 4 from the following:
ing. This minor allows students to immerse
COMM 321 Communication in the AHIS 373 History of Photography —
themselves in painting, as well as developing
Virtual Group 4 Pictorialism to
a grasp of the critical issues surrounding it.
COMM 339 Communication Postmodernism 4
Foundation courses provide the fundamentals
Technology and Culture 4 of color, composition, medium and drawing.
Minor and Honors Programs 619
Advanced courses require more ambitious Minor in Sculpture REQUIRED COURSES (28 UNITS) UNITS
projects, personal direction, research and sus- This minor focuses on making, organizing Four lower division courses (16 units) chosen
tained focus. Students majoring in many and manipulating objects and their spatial from the following:
areas of the humanities may pursue this relationships in a range of materials such FA 101ab Drawing 4-4
minor to augment their understanding of one as wood, fiberglass, clay, plaster, latex and FA 102 Design Fundamentals 4
of the key media in the arts. The minor is metal. Course work includes choice of FA 105 Painting I 4
available to all USC students who wish to classes in sculpture, ceramics, visual literacy, FA 150 Visual Culture and
develop their painting skills. A total of 24 public art, moldmaking, metal and casting. Literacy 4
units are required for this minor. The three-dimensional skills taught in this FA 205a Painting II 4
minor intersect with many other disciplines FA 207abx Two-Dimensional Art
REQUIRED COURSES (24 UNITS) UNITS including architecture, cinema-television, Workshop 2-2
Three lower division courses (12 units) chosen special effects, engineering design, urban FA 210 Introduction to Digital
from the following: planning and any other areas where skills in Photography 4
FA 101a Drawing 4 maquette and model building are relevant. FA 215 Introduction to Digital
FA 102 Design Fundamentals 4 The total number of units required for the Video and Interactivity 4
FA 105 Painting I 4 minor is 28.
FA 150 Visual Culture and Three upper division courses (12 units) chosen
REQUIRED COURSES UNITS
Literacy 4 from the following:
FA 205a Painting II 4 FA 106 Sculpture I 4 FA 301 Advanced Drawing 4
FA 150 Visual Culture and Literacy 4 FA 305 Advanced Painting 4
Three upper division courses (12 units) chosen FA 310 Digital Photo Studio 4
from the following: Eight lower division units chosen from the FA 315 Multimedia Studio 4
FA 305 Advanced Painting 4 following: FA 331 The Human Figure in
FA 350 Art Theory and Criticism 4 FA 101a Drawing 4 Narrative Drawing 2
FA 405 Topics in Advanced FA 112 Ceramics 4 FA 350 Art Theory and Criticism 4
Painting 4, max 12 FA 136 Modeling and Mold FA 401 Topics in Advanced
Making 2 Drawing 4, max 12
FA 206 Sculpture II 4 FA 405 Topics in Advanced
Minor in Photography FA 212 Wheel Throwing 2 Painting 4, max 12
The photography minor provides an in-depth FA 213 Clay and Glazes 2
experience in all aspects of photography. The FA 236 Metal 2
well-equipped darkrooms allow individual FA 246 Construction Techniques 2
Minor in 3-D Animation
hands-on exploration of black and white and The 3-D animation minor merges theoretical
color processes, camera types, historical and Three upper division courses (12 units) chosen
concepts and practical skills to prepare stu-
traditional printing methods, lighting and from the following:
dents for a career in their major field of work
film technology. It also includes a foundation FA 306 Advanced Sculpture 4
with incorporation of 3-D animation and
in photo theory and criticism. This minor is FA 312 Advanced Ceramics 4
interactive technologies. Through integration
appropriate for students interested in an FA 366 Art in Context 4
of three major disciplines (cinema, fine arts
intense experiential exploration of the medi- FA 406 Topics in Advanced
and information technology), students gain a
um of photography. The total number of Sculpture 4, max 12
solid foundation in a wide range of important
units required for the minor is 28. FA 412 Topics in Advanced
industry and academic skills. Two concentra-
Ceramics 4, max 12
tions are available depending on professional
REQUIRED COURSES UNITS
FA 436 Art and Technology 4
goals and career or industry objectives. Refer
Lower division courses (16 units) PAS 400 Contemporary Public Art 4
to the School of Engineering’s Information
FA 150 Visual Culture and Technology program, page 596, for course
Literacy 4 requirements.
FA 209ab Photography 4-4 Minor in Two-Dimensional Studies
This minor is designed for students who Honors in Multimedia Scholarship
FA 210 Introduction to Digital
wish to augment their understanding of art This program offers qualified undergraduate
in general in two-dimensional areas, rather students an opportunity to approach their
One upper division course (4 units) chosen from
than complete a minor that focuses on one discipline(s) of study through the critical
medium. This minor provides a broad scope application of multimedia expression and
AHIS 373 History of Photography of courses in 2-D media and studies. This scholarship. The student experience will be
minor is open to any USC student, especially characterized by smaller classes taught by
those interested in animation to sharpen leading faculty members and enriched by a
AHIS 469 Critical Approaches to
their drawing, color and compositional skills. program of lecture series, visiting scholars,
Students interested in the vast varieties of symposia and conferences. For complete
digital visual communication can develop program requirements, see the Inter-
Two upper division courses (8 units):
better color and compositional skills. Total disciplinary Programs section, page 102.
FA 309 Advanced Photography 4
number of units required is 28.
FA 310 Digital Photo Studio 4
FA 350 Art Theory and Criticism 4
FA 409 Topics in Advanced
Photography 4, max 12
FA 410 Advanced Digital
Photo Studio 4, max 12
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Master of Fine Arts
A two-year program administered in collabo- Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0292, along Master of Fine Arts students are evaluated by
ration with the Graduate School, the Master with a Fine Arts supplemental application. faculty during reviews held near the end of
of Fine Arts is a professional degree in the Applicants wishing to have their slides each semester. Before a student is recom-
practice of art preparing students to pursue returned should include a stamped, self- mended for the Master of Fine Arts, a com-
careers as professional artists. The opportuni- addressed envelope or mailing container. prehensive review of past work and profes-
ty to gain experience as a teaching assistant is sional goals is held. An exhibition of work at
available on a competitive basis. Applicants Program Requirements the end of the course of study and a written
must hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts, or equiva- At least 48 units are required for the Master thesis, documented with visual material,
lent, from an accredited school. The intend- of Fine Arts, to be distributed as follows: complete the Master of Fine Arts program.
ed area of primary interest must be indicated FA 560 Studies in Two-Dimensional Media; A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all
and the applicant must provide 20 slides FA 570 Studies in Three-Dimensional graduate work is required for the Master of
of work, appropriately labeled and dated. Media; FA 580 Studies in Intermedia, Fine Arts degree.
Transfer work applicable to the M.F.A. 20 units; FA 555 Seminar in Art Theory
degree must have been completed within and Criticism, 8 units; FA 550 Seminar: Complete details can be found in the School
five years of the date of application. Contemporary Issues, 4 units; FA 551 Fine of Fine Arts Graduate Studio Guidelines, obtain-
Art and Interdisciplinary Studies, 8 units; 400 able upon admission to the program.
Slides should be sent directly to: Graduate or 500-level electives outside of Fine Arts,
Programs, School of Fine Arts, Watt Hall 104, 4 units; 594abz Master’s Thesis, 4 units.
University of Southern California, University
Master of Public Art Studies
The Master of Public Art Studies program program. The following are the basic require- Program Requirements
is a two-year program administered by the ments: (1) a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of A minimum of 32 units, usually taken during
School of Fine Arts and designed to meet the Fine Arts degree or its equivalent from an a two-year period, is required, to be distrib-
special training needs of individuals whose accredited college or university comparable uted as follows:
career goals are oriented toward professional in standards to that awarded at USC; (2) a 3.0
work in public art. The long range objectives overall GPA; and (3) three letters of recom- FIRST YEAR, FALL UNITS
of the program are to provide students and mendation. Credentials for admission must PAS 549 Public Art
professionals with the necessary skills, knowl- include a complete record of all previous col- Communication
edge and experience to become successful leges or universities attended. The GRE is Management 2
administrators and problem solvers. The pro- required only if the applicant is applying for PAS 561 Administration Survey 3
gram is founded on the principle of using the financial aid. PAS 571 History Survey 3
facilities of the university both as a practical
laboratory and as a catalyst for furthering dia- Thesis Requirements 8
logue, collaboration and research. The goal of A master’s thesis committee comprises three
the program is to build bridges between dis- members: the director of the program, the FIRST YEAR, SPRING UNITS
ciplines, the university and the community. primary reader and a professional from the PAS 550a Public Art in the
student’s area of emphasis (administration, Community 1
Admission Requirements history, practice). PAS 562 Administration and
Admission to the Public Art Studies program Program Development 3
is granted through the USC Office of Grad- The thesis committee shall be established PAS 572 History 3
uate Admission, which receives and processes after the student completes the second PAS 581 Forum 2
all applications, evaluates credentials and semester’s course work. The committee, after
issues notification letters. The School of a comprehensive review of the candidate’s 9
Fine Arts establishes and monitors the stan- past work and professional goals, will deter-
dards under which students are admitted. mine if the student is to be recommended for
Admission to the university under the stan- advancement.
dard of the School of Fine Arts is determined
by the Office of Graduate Admission on the
recommendation of the Public Arts Studies
Dual Degree 621
SECOND YEAR, FALL UNITS SECOND YEAR, SPRING UNITS Elective Requirement
PAS 550b Public Art in the PAS 591 Field Internship Candidates for the Master of Public Art
Community 1 Experience 1 Studies must complete a minimum of 6 units
PAS 585 Public Space, the Public PAS 594b Master’s Thesis, or of graduate level electives, chosen from any
Realm and Public Art 3 PAS 593b Final Thesis Project 2 relevant area in the university, with depart-
PAS 594a Master’s Thesis, or Elective 4 mental approval.
PAS 593a Final Thesis Project 2
Master of Public Art Studies/Master of Planning
The Master of Public Art Studies/Master PAS 585 Public Space, the Public Dual degree students, like all other M.Pl.
of Planning dual degree program offers an Realm and Public Art 3 students, must take a comprehensive exami-
unusually rich opportunity for students inter- PAS 591 Field Internship nation and fulfill the internship requirement.
ested in developing a new knowledge base Experience 1
to become a successful professional working PAS 594ab Master’s Thesis, or Field of Study (20 units)
in the arena of public art administration, PAS 593ab Final Thesis Project 2-2 No more than 8 units from outside the
planning and community development. Schools of Fine Arts and Policy, Planning,
Los Angeles and the facilities at USC provide POLICY, PLANNING, AND and Development.
a unique learning laboratory to educate a DEVELOPMENT (22 UNITS) UNITS
more competitive professional with a better PPD 500 Cross-Sectoral Governance 4 Capstone Projects
understanding of both the administration of PPD 524 Planning Theory 2 Students must complete a master’s thesis or
public art and issues of urban planning. PPD 525 Statistics and Arguing
final thesis project through the School of
from Data 2
Fine Arts and the M.Pl. comprehensive
Students must complete the following PPD 526 Comparative International
examination through the School of Policy,
requirements in this program: 64 units, Development 2
Planning, and Development
including 22 units in public art studies, 22 in PPD 528 The Urban Economy 2
policy, planning, and development, and 20 PPD 529 Legal Environment of
in a field of study with no more than 8 units Planning 2
All students must complete 400 hours of
taken from other USC programs. PPD 531L Core Laboratory
internship through the School of Policy,
Planning, and Development. This internship
PUBLIC ART STUDIES (22 UNITS) UNITS
PPD 627 Design Skills for Urban
may be partially or completely fulfilled
PAS 561 Administration Survey 3 Planners 4
through prior professional experience.
PAS 562 Administration and
Note: 2-unit courses may be offered in seven-and-a-
Program Development 3
half week blocks.
PAS 571 History Survey 3
PAS 572 History 3
PAS 581 Forum 2
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Courses of Instruction
F I N E A R T S ( FA ) 201ab Life Drawing (4-4, FaSp) An introduc- 213 Clay and Glazes (2, Sp) Provides a foun-
tion to the representation and depiction of dation in clay and glaze materials as they
The terms indicated are expected but are not the human form. Emphasis on anatomical, relate to making ceramic art. Prerequisite:
guaranteed. For the courses offered during any compositional, gestural, environmental and FA 112.
given term, consult the Schedule of Classes. interpretive drawing. Prerequisite: FA 101b.
b: Continuation of a. 215 Introduction to Digital Video and Inter-
101ab Drawing (4-4, FaSpSm) a: An intro- activity (4, FaSp) A course in digital imaging,
duction to drawing, both skill and perception 202 Design II (4, FaSp) Exploration of essen- which through studio practice and critical
oriented, as the basic tool for all the visual tial elements of traditional and digital design, inquiry, explores the implications and poten-
arts. b: Continuation of a. including color and image-text integration, tial of digitally-based image making. (Dupli-
editing information, typography and sequenc- cates credit in former FA 210b.)
102 Design Fundamentals (4, FaSp) Intro- ing. Prerequisite: FA 102; corequisite: FA 203.
duction to the basic elements and processes 236 Metal (2, FaSp) Introduction to metal in
of visual communication and design. Instruc- 203 Digital Tools for Design (2, FaSp) fine art. Emphasis on technical proficiencies
tion includes studio projects, lectures and Exploration of the processes of germination, and effective solutions working in a variety of
readings. Various media used. ideation and application/execution in design metals. Recommended preparation: FA 106.
integrated with computer usage.
105 Painting I (4, FaSpSm) Practical intro- 246 Construction Techniques (2, FaSp)
duction to oil and acrylic pigments, painting 205ab Painting II (4-4, FaSpSm) A continua- Exploration of art fabrication and the tech-
equipment, processes, and media. Also, pri- tion of the practical and theoretical skills niques and philosophies of working with a
mary experience in: color, composition and introduced in Painting I. Color as an issue in variety of materials. Recommended preparation:
perception through representational and personal expression and perception; color as FA 106.
abstract painting. content, cultural and social subjects/objects,
symbols and to signify a personal language. 301 Advanced Drawing (4, FaSpSm)
106 Sculpture I (4, FaSp) Practical and theo- Prerequisite: FA 105. b: Continuation of a. Directed examination of personal approaches
retical introduction to sculpture as dimensional in drawing; emphasis on making visual and
manipulation. Primary exploration of form, 206 Sculpture II (4, FaSp) Continued exami- artistic decisions and developing an appropri-
mass, gravity, surface, structure and associative nation of the concepts of three-dimensional ate attitude towards individual expression.
recognition in three-dimensional art. art: interrelation of material and image, public, Prerequisite: FA 201b.
human and intimate scale. Prerequisite: FA 106.
112 Ceramics (4, FaSpSm) Practical and 302 Design III (4, FaSp) Advanced explora-
theoretical exploration of the nature of sur- 207abx Two-Dimensional Art Workshop tion of typography and image-text integration,
face, form, volume and mass as fundamental (a: 2, max 8, Fa; b: 2, max 8, FaSp) a: Studio including collaborative projects, pre-press and
elements of clay sculpture and the ceramic practice to develop standards of judgment proofing techniques, narrative concepts and
object. and appreciation of the visual arts. Not avail- information architecture. Prerequisite: FA 202.
able for credit to studio majors. b: Continua-
136 Modeling and Mold Making (2, FaSp) tion of a. 303x Fundamentals of Visual Expression (4)
Introduction to plaster mold making using Experiential and theoretical understanding
clay and wax for both ceramics and sculpture. 208abx Three-Dimensional Art Workshop of the fundamental elements and principles
Exploration of casting materials. (Duplicates (a: 2, max 8, FaSp; b: 2, max 8, FaSp) a: Stu- of visual expression; nature, purposes, and
credit in FA 208ax.) dio practice to develop standards of judgment vocabulary of visual art in historic and con-
and appreciation of the visual arts. Not avail- temporary contexts. Not available for credit
140x A Cultural Guide to Los Angeles able for credit to studio majors. b: Continua- to studio majors.
(2, FaSp) An experiential and critical survey tion of a.
of the cultural phenomena that make up Los 305 Advanced Painting (4, FaSpSm)
Angeles: dance, music, theater, film; empha- 209ab Photography (4-4, FaSp) Introduction Directed examination of aesthetic concepts;
sis on visual arts. Not available for major to the practice of photographic image making investigation into personal ideas related to
credit to fine arts majors. Graded CR/NC. within a fine arts context. Emphasis on the the development of a creative visual language
development of technical skills in relation to in painting. Prerequisite: FA 205b.
142x Contemporary Arts and Artists (2) personal vision. Work is in black and white.
Visual art in Los Angeles. Introduction to b: Continuation of a. 306 Advanced Sculpture (4, FaSp) Directed
modern and contemporary art through lec- examination of three-dimensional aesthetic
tures, discussions and guided tours to muse- 210 Introduction to Digital Photography concepts; development of an individual cre-
ums and galleries. Seminars, readings and (4, FaSp) An introductory course exploring ative vision. Prerequisite: FA 206, FA 436, or
written papers. Not available for major credit the processes and practices of digital capture, FA 366.
to fine arts majors. imaging and printing, from web-based image
posting to large-scale printing. (Duplicates 309 Advanced Photography (4, FaSp) Con-
150 Visual Culture and Literacy (4, FaSp) credit in former FA 210a.) tinuation of the practice of photographic
Exploration of visual thinking and communi- image making within a fine arts context, fur-
cation in art and popular culture: interpreta- 212 Wheel Throwing (2, FaSp) An introduc- thering technical and conceptual abilities.
tion of the personal and social context, func- tory course using wheel throwing techniques Continuation of critical readings. Prerequisite:
tion and lineage of the image. for ceramics to explore a variety of forms FA 209b.
through three-dimensional exercises.
Courses of Instruction 623
310 Digital Photo Studio (4, FaSp) A techni- 390 Special Problems (1-4) Supervised, indi- 419 Professional Internship in the Arts
cally and conceptually intensive studio in vidual studies. No more than one registration (2, max 4, FaSpSm) An experiential/academic
digital 2-D imaging/photography. Prerequisite: permitted. Enrollment by petition only. opportunity in a museum, gallery, community
FA 210. cultural center, or related facility. Lectures,
401 Topics in Advanced Drawing (4, max 12, seminars, written analysis, and working
311 Printmaking (4, FaSp) Introductory FaSpSm) Continued directed examination internship. Open to upper division fine arts
course in various printmaking techniques; of personal approaches in drawing, emphasis majors.
necessary skills and inherent expressive qual- on making visual and artistic decisions and
ities of different printmaking methods are developing an appropriate attitude toward 420 Advanced Video Studio (4, max 12,
explored. visual expression. Prerequisite: FA 301. FaSp) An intensive open studio environment
for individually-directed student art projects
312 Advanced Ceramics (4, FaSpSm) 402 Advanced Design Projects (4, max 12, in the digital media, with an emphasis on
Directed examination of aesthetic concepts FaSp) Advanced information design within video. Prerequisite: FA 320.
and investigation into personal ideas as they a flexible curriculum. Emphasis on team-
relate to the development of a creative visual oriented projects. Prerequisite: FA 302. 432 Special Projects in Design (2, max 6,
language in ceramics. Prerequisite: FA 112. FaSp) Students work on projects for outside
405 Topics in Advanced Painting (4, max 12, clients, and receive instruction in professional
315 Multimedia Studio (4, FaSp) An inten- FaSpSm) Directed painting with continued practices, advanced design techniques, and
sive multimedia studio in the understanding emphasis on personal choices regarding sophisticated technology. By invitation or
and method of interactive, web design, and appropriation of conceptual images and portfolio review only. Only open to upper
game-based creative work. Prerequisite: arrangement, material processes, scale, num- division students. Prerequisite: FA 302.
FA 215. ber of paintings. Ongoing critical response
to painting. Prerequisite: FA 101ab, FA 102, 436 Art and Technology (4, Sp) An interdis-
320 Video Studio (4, FaSp) An intensive FA 305. ciplinary course between art and engineering
video studio in the understanding and that addresses creative thinking in the
method of time-based, narrative and non- 406 Topics in Advanced Sculpture (4, max 12, manipulation of media and the communica-
narrative art. Prerequisite: FA 215. FaSp) Individual direction of the study of aes- tion of ideas. (Duplicates credit in former
thetic issues in sculpture; investigation of an FA 336).
325 Three-Dimensional Imaging Studio individual creative vision. Prerequisite: FA 306.
(4, FaSp) A technical and conceptual 3-D 450x Senior Seminar (4, FaSp) Contempo-
digital media course for students who wish 409 Topics in Advanced Photography rary professional issues facing the studio
to incorporate computer arts technology (4, max 12, FaSp) In-depth exploration of artist; current directions in the visual arts;
and thought in their 3-D work. Prerequisite: photographic and artistic concepts as they forces and attitudes affecting the practicing
FA 106, FA 215. apply to the articulation of personal work. artist in our society. Available for credit to
Prerequisite: FA 309. Fine Arts majors only.
331 The Human Figure in Narrative Draw-
ing (2, Sp) An introduction to visual story- 410 Advanced Digital Photo Studio (4, max 499 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, FaSpSm)
telling in both its historical and contemporary 12, FaSp) Intensive open studio environment Comprehensive exploration of particular
contexts. Emphasis on aesthetic, conceptual for individually-directed student art projects aspects of visual art.
and technical skills for figurative narration. in the digital media, with an emphasis on
Prerequisite: FA 101a. 2-D photography. Prerequisite: FA 310. 550 Seminar: Contemporary Issues
(1, max 4, FaSp) Study of issues relative to
332 Typography (2, Fa) The study of visual 411 Topics in Advanced Printmaking current directions in the visual arts; analysis
communication through the use of letter- (4, max 12, FaSp) Directed examination of and implications of forces contributing to
forms from historical tradition to contempo- specific printmaking media in relation to per- conceptual development.
rary experimental rebellion. sonal aesthetic goals and expressive concepts.
Prerequisite: FA 311. 551 Fine Art and Interdisciplinary Studies
334 Space/Motion/Site: Investigating Per- (4, max 12, Fa) Issues and theories of con-
formance and Installation (2) Exploration of 412 Topics in Advanced Ceramics (4, max 12, temporary art in relation to philosophy,
performance and installation art, including FaSpSm) Continued directed examination of history, literature, music, theatre, film, cul-
historical influences and integration of multi- aesthetic concepts and investigation into per- ture, politics, science, psychology and other
media and new technologies. sonal ideas as they relate to the development disciplines.
of a creative visual language in ceramics.
350 Art Theory and Criticism (4, FaSp) An Prerequisite: FA 312. 555 Seminar in Art Theory and Criticism
intellectual framework for the practice of art (4, max 8, Sm) An intensive seminar taught
making; the historical context for current 415 Advanced Multimedia Studio (4, max by well-known visiting critics, writers and
ideas. (Duplicates credit in former FA 204.) 12, FaSp) An intensive open studio environ- artists addressing the deconstruction of a vari-
ment for individually-directed interactive- ety of theories in the humanities, including
366 Art in Context (4, Fa) Exploration focus- and web-based student art projects. Prerequi- art, film, literature, and philosophy.
ing on context as a major component of art- site: FA 315.
work in both content and form, emphasizing 560 Studies in Two-Dimensional Media (1-8,
multidimensional work in relation to site, 418 Independent Studies in Studio Arts max 22, FaSpSm) Investigation of creative
material and intent. Prerequisite: FA 106 or (1-4, max 10, FaSpSm) Independent research problems through two-dimensional media.
PAS 371. of specific topics under the direction of a Course may be repeated; maximum number
faculty member. Administrative and faculty of units to be determined by advisor.
approval required. Recommended preparation:
appropriate 300-level course work.
624 USC School of Fine Arts
570 Studies in Three-Dimensional Media 549 Public Art Communication Manage- 581 Forum (2, FaSp) Study of public art
(1-8, max 22, FaSpSm) Investigation of ment (2, Fa) Managing communication activ- philosophy, programs and practicalities of
creative problems through three-dimensional ities, communication through intra-firm administration utilizing professionals with
media. Course may be repeated; maximum publications; research methods; report and diverse backgrounds. Numerous field trips
number of units to be determined by proposal preparation; communicating institu- required. Prerequisite: PAS 561, PAS 562,
advisor. tional policy and grant writing. (Duplicates PAS 571, PAS 572.
credit in MPW 950.)
580 Studies in Intermedia (1-8, max 22, 582 Seminar: Contemporary Issues (3, Sp)
FaSpSm) Investigation of creative problems 550ab Public Art in the Community (1-1, Study of issues relative to current directions
through intermedia. Course may be repeated; Fa, Sp) An administrative involvement within in public art; analysis and implications of
maximum number of units to be determined a community context. The collaborative forces contributing to conceptual develop-
by advisor. experience shall involve developing public ment. Graded CR/NC. Prerequisite: PAS 561,
art solutions for projects specifically unique PAS 562, PAS 571, PAS 572, or departmental
590 Directed Research (1-12, FaSpSm) to the community. approval.
Research leading to the graduate degree.
Maximum units which may be applied to the 561 Administration Survey (3, Fa) Survey of 585 Public Space, the Public Realm and
degree to be determined by the department. administrative approaches utilized by both Public Art (3, FaSp) Exploration of the eco-
Graded CR/NC. Prerequisite: departmental private and public art agencies. nomic, political and social dimensions of pub-
approval, approval by Dean of School of Fine lic art from the “public” rather than from the
Arts or formal contract for research project. 562 Administration and Program Develop- “art” point of view.
ment (3, Sp) Comparative case studies of the
594abz Master’s Thesis (2-2-0, FaSpSm) administration of private/public art agencies 590 Directed Research (1-12, FaSpSm)
Credit on acceptance of thesis. Graded and their development. Concluding with the Research leading to the master’s degree.
IP/CR/NC. development of individual program policy Maximum units which may be applied to the
statements. Prerequisite: PAS 561. degree to be determined by the department.
P U B L I C A R T S T U D I E S ( PA S ) 571 History Survey (3, Fa) An introductory
survey of the history of public art from pre- 591 Field Internship Experience (1, max 2,
371 Art in the Public Realm: Contemporary historic monuments to the present. Emphasis FaSpSm) Supervised internship participation
Issues (4, FaSp) Critical frameworks and the- upon the recent developments. within the context of a public/private art
oretical perspectives of contemporary public agency. Administrative involvement with
art issues explored through case studies 572 History (3, Sp) Continued investigation community, artists, designers, professional
and discussions with artists, architects, and of contemporary public art projects based agencies, and research. Graded CR/NC.
designers engaging the public realm. upon case studies and the investigation of Recommended preparation: successful comple-
public art aesthetics and topics. Prerequisite: tion of PAS core requirements.
400 Contemporary Public Art (4) A survey of PAS 571 or departmental approval.
contemporary public art, its historical context 593abz Final Thesis Project (2-2-0) Written/
and current trends, focusing on significant 575 Practice of Public Art (2-6, max 12, FaSp) visual documentation of final thesis project.
pieces and artists in Los Angeles and South- Collaborative experience between artist, Graded IP/CR/NC. Credit on acceptance of
ern California. designer, and problem solver involved in final thesis project. Prerequisite: successful
developing public art solutions. Development completion of all other requirements.
499 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, FaSp) Com- of principles, processes, and skills utilized
prehensive exploration of particular aspects during the preparation of public art proposals. 594abz Master’s Thesis (2-2-0, FaSpSm)
of public art. Credit on acceptance of thesis. Graded
599 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, FaSpSm)