The MFA Program


Open Studios, 2014.

The Master of Fine Arts Program is a two-year, full-time, studio-based program located in the center of Los Angeles. The expansive city is home a vital local art community and international gallery and museum scene with 5 arts districts: Downtown, Culver City, Mid-Wilshire, Hollywood and Chinatown. With a select cohort enrolled each year, the program provides a unique experience that focuses on interdisciplinary and wide-ranging experimental, creative, and intellectual exploration. Students work closely with USC Roski's internationally acclaimed faculty, as well as an expanded community of leading professional artists, critics, and curators who participate in the weekly Visiting Artist and Scholar Seminar and the Resident Artists and Scholars Program. USC Roski boasts 5 exhibition spaces and has formal affiliations with the USC Fisher Museum of Art, The Hancock Memorial Museum, The Pacific Asian Museum, and the California African American Museum.

In addition to Roski's distinguished full-time faculty, recent and current visiting faculty in the MFA program have included Tala Madani, Allen Ruppersberg, Ali Subotnick, Sadie Benning, Paul Sietsema, Evan Holloway, Paul Chan, Britt Salvesen, Glenn Phillips, and Stanya Kahn. Recent guest lecturers include John Baldessari, Meg Cranston, Fred Moten, Ian Svenonius, the Yes Men, Silke Otto-Knapp, Franklin Sirmans, Huma Bhabha, Nao Bustamante, Benjamin Bratton, Jim Hodges, Zackary Drucker, Dominic Johnson, Chon Noriega, Nance Klehm, Ken Gonzales-Day, Jane Burton, Lorraine O'Grady, Meiling Cheng, Stuart Comer, Sheila de Brettville, Mary Kelly and Lucía Sanromán.

MFA Info Sessions

Next Lecture

Harry Dodge, artist
6pm Tuesday Jan 12 @ USC IFT

Jennifer Doyle, art historian
6pm Tuesday Jan 19 @ USC IFT

Lynn Hershman Leeson, artist & filmmaker
6pm Tuesday Jan 26 @ USC Wong Auditorium