University of Southern California

Roski School of Art and Design

Courses of Instruction

The terms indicated are expected but are not guaranteed. For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.

Fine Arts (FA)

FA 140x A Cultural Guide to Los Angeles (2, FaSp) An experiential and critical survey of the cultural phenomena that make up Los Angeles: dance, music, theater, film; emphasis on visual arts. Not available for major credit to fine arts majors. Graded CR/NC.

FA 207abx Two-Dimensional Art Workshop (a: 2, max 8, Fa; b: 2, max 8, FaSp) a: Studio practice to develop standards of judgment and appreciation of the visual arts. Not available for credit to studio majors. b: Continuation of a.

FA 208abx Three-Dimensional Art Workshop (a: 2, max 8, FaSp; b: 2, max 8, FaSp) a: Studio practice to develop standards of judgment and appreciation of the visual arts. Not available for credit to studio majors. b: Continuation of a.

FA 300 Professional Practices (2, FaSp) Instruction on producing written and visual documentation of art/design work, proposals, statements, and portfolios; applications for art/design employment opportunities, grants, research projects, and graduate school. Open only to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

FA 390 Special Problems (1-4) Supervised, individual studies. No more than one registration permitted. Enrollment by petition only.

FA 418 Independent Studies in Studio Arts (1-4, max 10, FaSpSm) Independent research of specific topics under the direction of a faculty member. Administrative and faculty approval required. Recommended preparation: appropriate 300-level course work.

FA 419 Professional Internship in the Arts (2, max 4, FaSpSm) An experiential/academic opportunity in a museum, gallery, community cultural center, or related facility. Lectures, seminars, written analysis, and working internship. Open to upper division fine arts majors.

FA 490x Directed Research (1-8, max 12, FaSpSm) Individual research and readings. Not available for graduate credit.

FA 499 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, FaSpSm) Comprehensive exploration of particular aspects of visual art.

FA 515 Visiting Artist Forum (1, max 4, FaSp) Lecture and discussion course in the professional practice of art featuring formal presentations by visiting artists.

FA 520 Individual Studies (1-5, max 8-12, FaSpSm) Investigation of creative problems through various media. Course may be repeated; maximum number of units to be determined by adviser.

FA 550 Seminar: Contemporary Issues (1, max 4, FaSp) Study of issues relative to current directions in the visual arts; analysis and implications of forces contributing to conceptual development.

FA 551 Fine Art and Interdisciplinary Studies (4, max 12, Fa) Issues and theories of contemporary art in relation to philosophy, history, literature, music, theatre, film, culture, politics, science, psychology and other disciplines.

FA 555 Seminar in Art Theory and Criticism (4, max 8, Sm) An intensive seminar taught by well-known visiting critics, writers and artists addressing the deconstruction of a variety of theories in the humanities, including art, film, literature, and philosophy.

FA 590 Directed Research (1-12, FaSpSm) Research leading to the graduate degree. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC. Prerequisite: departmental approval, approval by Dean of School of Fine Arts or formal contract for research project.

FA 594abz Master’s Thesis (2-2-0, FaSpSm) Credit on acceptance of thesis. Graded IP/CR/NC.