University of Southern California

Iovine and Young Academy

Bachelor of Science: Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation

This unique Bachelor of Science degree offers a highly select group of students an integrated, four-year course of study that provides in-depth learning in three essential areas: art and design; engineering and computer science; and business and venture management. Through the Academy’s Core, students learn applied skills and gain understanding of the theories, concepts, and “language” common to each area. Academy Emphases serve to customize each student’s experience to his or her individual strengths or desired focus. The fourth-year “Garage Experience” moves student teams from concept to creation, vision to prototype.  Throughout the program students are taught to think seamlessly across multiple disciplines, and to apply a vast array of relevant technologies and techniques toward innovative problem solving.

The degree requires a total of 128 units, including 56 units in the Core and 32 units in Emphases. Students must select two Emphases from the Academy’s current offerings in visual design, technology, venture management, audio design, and communication. In consultation with their academic adviser, students may petition to create unique Emphases by selecting courses from across all of the Academy’s offerings, or from academic units or disciplines outside of the Academy. In addition to required courses, students have 4 units that may be applied to summer study abroad, internships, or an elective of their choosing.

Required Core Courses Units
Lower Division (32 units)
ACAD 174 Innovators Forum 1,1
ACAD 175 Innovators Roundtable 1,1
ACAD 176 Rapid Visualization 4
ACAD 177 Digital Toolbox for Design 2
ACAD 178 Digital Toolbox: Motion Graphics 2
ACAD 179 Digital Toolbox: Excel for Business Management 2
ACAD 180 Digital Toolbox: Sound and Audio 2
ACAD 181 Disruptive Innovation 4
ACAD 182 Case Studies in Innovation* 4
ACAD 275x/ITP 204x Coding I: Web Publishing and Programming 4
ACAD 276x/ITP 214x Coding II: Electronic Prototyping* 4
Upper Division (24 units)
ACAD 376 Discerning and Making I: Concept and Feasibility* 4
ACAD 377 Discerning and Making II: Creation and Implementation* 4
ACAD 475ab The Garage Experience* 8, 8
Emphases (16 units each) Choose two: Units
Visual Design Emphasis:
ACAD 230/FADN 230 3D Design: Materials and Tools* 4
ACAD 303/FADN 303 Web Design* 2
ACAD 323/FADN 323 Design Theory 4
ACAD 330/FADN 330 3D Design: Objects and Space* 4
ACAD 332/FADN 332a Typography 2
Technology Emphasis:
ACAD 335x/ITP 335x Computer Graphics and Animation Scripting* 4
ACAD 342/ITP 342 Mobile Application Development* 3
ACAD 343/ITP 343 Mobile Development for Content and Media** 1
ACAD 367x/ITP 367x Advanced Coding* 4
ACAD 387x/ITP 387x Cloud Architecture and Applications* 4
Venture Management Emphasis:
ACAD 315x/BUAD 315x Basics of Project and Operations Management for Non-Majors 2
ACAD 331x/MOR 331x Influence and Collaboration 2
ACAD 385x/MKT 385x Marketing of Creative Disruption and Innovation 4
ACAD 423/BAEP 423 Management of Small Businesses 4
ACAD 467/MOR 467 Strategic Management of Innovation 4
Audio Design Emphasis:
ACAD 200 Advanced Sound and Audio 4
ACAD 352 Digital Audio Recording and Processing 4
ACAD 354 Synthesis and Sound Design 4
ACAD 356 Audio and Media Integration 4
Communication Emphasis:
ACAD 206/COMM 206 Communication and Culture 4
ACAD 375/COMM 375 Business and Professional Communication 4
ACAD 306/COMM 306 Innovation, Entertainment, and the Arts 4
ACAD 366/COMM 366 Designing Media and Communication Projects for Social Change 4
*Prerequisite required.
**Corequisite required.

General Education Requirements

The university’s general education program provides a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. This program requires six courses in different categories, plus writing and diversity requirements, which together comprise the USC Core. See The USC Core and the General Education Program for more information.

Sample Four Year Program

Year 1 — Fall Units
ACAD 174 Innovator’s Forum 1
ACAD 175 Innovator’s Roundtable 1
ACAD 176 Rapid Visualization 4
ACAD 177 Digital Toolbox: Design 2
ACAD 178 Digital Toolbox: Motion Graphics 2
ACAD 181 Disruptive Innovation 4
WRIT 150 Writing and Critical Reasoning — Thematic Approaches 4
18
Year 1 — Spring Units
ACAD 174 Innovator’s Forum (required twice) 1
ACAD 175 Innovator’s Roundtable (required twice) 1
ACAD 179 Digital Toolbox: Excel for Business Management 2
ACAD 180 Digital Toolbox: Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations 2
ACAD 182 Case Studies in Innovation 4
ACAD 275 Coding I 4
General Education 4
18
Year 2 — Fall Units
ACAD 276 Coding II 4
ACAD Emphasis I 4
General Education 4
General Education 4
16
Year 2 — Spring Units
ACAD Emphasis I 4
ACAD Emphasis II 4
ACAD Emphasis II 4
General Education 4
16
Year 3 — Fall Units
ACAD 376 Discerning and Making I 4
ACAD Emphasis I 4
ACAD Emphasis II 4
WRIT 340 Advanced Writing 4
16
Year 3 — Spring Units
ACAD 377 Discerning and Making II 4
ACAD Emphasis I 4
ACAD Emphasis II 4
General Education 4
16
Year 4 — Fall Units
ACAD 465a The Garage Experience 8
General Education 4
Free Elective 2
14
Year 4 — Spring Units
ACAD 465b The Garage Experience 8
Diversity Requirement 4
Free Elective 2
14