The Roski School of Fine Arts announced that it changed its name to the USC Roski School of Art and Design on Monday.
“The new name represents a subtle yet momentous shift in how our students identify themselves and their work within contemporary visual culture,” Roski Dean Erica Muhl said in a press release. “Tailoring ‘Fine Arts’ to ‘Art’ reflects an expanded definition of contemporary art practice, inclusive of traditional and new media. The new name points at a new direction for the school, according to the press release. This fall, Roski presented its first-ever graphic design course in fashion marketing and announced a new minor in 3-D design. The lecture program this spring will include talks in both art and design, which are meant to engage students in the larger conversation about art in the field today.
“USC Roski’s intradisciplinary program fosters a community of artistic exchange in which students engage with traditional techniques and cutting-edge technologies,” USC Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Elizabeth Garrett said in a press release. “USC scholars in virtually every field rely on visual strategies of perception and communication to imagine, explain and transmit their work in the world.”
This approach to art has helped uphold Roski’s reputation for producing successful alumni across a spectrum of professions. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Roski eighth in the nation in multimedia and visual education.
At the undergraduate level, Roski offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts. At the graduate level, it offers a Master of Fine Arts and a Master in Curatorial Studies.
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