Fest of the Best
OK, it’s not an actual music festival — but we can dream with the help of a USC Viterbi student’s app!
OK, it’s not an actual music festival — but we can dream with the help of a USC Viterbi student’s app!
David Judson MA ’96, president of Judson Studios, brings a fresh eye to the centuries-old craft of stained glass.
For solutions to inequality, marginalization and divisiveness, one of USC’s newest deans wants to tap an unexpected resource: architecture.
USC architecture students reimagine ways to make the Museum of Contemporary Art even more accessible to visitors.
There’s a growing body of research that suggests music and other arts can affect childhood brain development.
From the business of live music to screen scoring, USC Thornton finds niches for music students.
If you think arts education has vanished from schools and neighborhoods, these Trojans have some news for you.
Elizabeth Holmes Fisher started from humble beginnings to become a renowned collector of the great masters.
Acting students prep for careers in virtual reality, video games and motion capture—with a firm grounding in classical training.
Designers of Grand Park in Los Angeles, including USC alumni, aim to make space for everyone.
The 12-foot-tall bronze Hecuba sculpture welcomes visitors to USC Village.
The handcrafted windows are the latest chapter in the rich story of Los Angeles and USC.
A USC Thornton student promotes hope and diversity through choral music.
Glorya Kaufman’s lifelong passion inspires the launch of USC’s newest art school.
The acclaimed pianist reflects on his role as an honorary cultural ambassador.
From murals to movies, USC museums help celebrate Pacific Standard Time LA/LA.
The conductor and pianist joins USC Thornton full time this year.
From accordions to xylophones, playing musical instruments seems to jumpstart the brain.
A USC Roski professor reflects on a lifetime spent at the intersection of community development and visual art.
The entertainment legend paved the way for women in Hollywood and beyond.
A graduate in industrial and systems engineering follows her passion for performing.
Bollywood? Afro-Cuban? Students can dive into these dance forms, and more.
Take a musical tour of the Spirit of Troy's discography.
USC Thornton gives students opportunities as precious as their dreams. (Check out our story in photos, and you’ll see what we mean.)
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center opens its doors.
Tradition-bearers, sponsors, mentors and die-hard fans, SoCal VoCals alumni follow the group from concert to concert.
Paul Revere Williams ’19 was California’s first licensed African-American architect.
The USC trustee receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
John Knuth MFA ’05 disrupts the natural order with flies, snakes and other collaborators from the animal kingdom.
Tired of waiting for good parts, the Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl co-creator shaped them herself.
Specialists keep performing artists in the spotlight.
A filmmaking icon brings his collection to the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Evan Pensis aims to offer arts to the imprisoned.
A $10 million gift will establish The George Lucas Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity.
Like his life, an artist’s meaningful, dynamic work defies convention.
A journalist with a love for language helped build one of the largest online communities for readers.
A new book about the historical landmark is the first published in more than 20 years.
Chart-topping sound engineers and DJs help design USC Thornton’s newest major.
Animators seamlessly meld their work with live action, transporting movie audiences to new worlds.
Meet some of the dancers in USC Kaufman’s historic first class of freshmen.
USC Annenberg’s Josh Kun showcases LA’s history through its menus.
As a digital revolution sweeps through the publishing world, storytelling is alive and well—and English is thriving at USC.
The USC School of Cinematic Arts wants women to make their mark on the video game design industry.
A USC Marshall alumna takes the stage as one of the most prominent and powerful advocates for the arts.
The USC alumnus left a mark on the Olympics and Los Angeles that lasted beyond his lifetime.
At USC, an arts education is more like creative entrepreneurship.
Christina Yu Yu picks four standout pieces from the USC Pacific Asia Museum.
What holds the secret to chart-topping musical success? Hint: Don’t go it alone.
Finding meaning at the intersection of art and sound.
USC Annenberg’s Sasha Anawalt keeps arts journalism alive during turbulent times in media.
The USC Iovine and Young Academy welcomes its first class of innovators, artists and entrepreneurs.
Two decades in, friendships formed through cinema only grow deeper.
The USC Kaufman School of Dance is poised to transform the world of dance education.
Trio Ellas garnered a 2012 Latin Grammy Award nomination for their first album and they haven’t stopped since.
Meet six artists from the USC Popular Music Program who are shooting for stardom.
Jam with Chaka Khan? Perform with Elton John? It’s part of the USC Thornton popular music program experience.
You know the Trojan Marching Band calls the Coliseum its home. But the band and Dodger Stadium also go way back.
USC Popular Music Program students and alumni have created an extensive playlist of eclectic songs and albums.
A successful sound engineer, music producer and DJ, this music industry veteran has a new handle at USC: “Professor Guru.”
Anthony Marnell II’s recent gift to the USC School of Architecture will launch a multidisciplinary design studio to foster design-builders.
The Tony Award nominee cemented his passion for acting at USC.
USC experts on local lore give their lowdown on Los Angeles culture.
Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young (Dr. Dre) invest $70 million to prepare USC students who’ll shape the future.
Did you know these landmarks of Los Angeles were designed by Trojans?
A talented USC Roski alumna brings the prehistoric Mesozoic Era to life.
Creativity can combine with business principles to solve societal challenges—and turn a profit.
Bryan Singer embraces the division where he made his start in film.
We will prepare stellar artists to be effective entrepreneurs and singular businesspersons to be great artists.
Sumner Redstone’s $10 million gift supports a creative space for budding filmmakers.
Students find good vibes and friendships in a vibrant dance community.
USC alum and classical pianist Hunter Noack performs BYOS—bring your own Steinway—concerts at some of the most stunning outdoor sites in the U.S. The results? Pure magic.
Students from USC Roski School of Art and Design use their creative talents to reflect on nature, how it has endured, how it struggles, and most important, how humankind has used—and misused—it.
Some people have a flair for playing instruments. Ho-Chun “Herbert” Chang PhD ’23 has a knack for inventing them.
Actor JP Karliak ’03 founded nonprofit Queer Vox to train LGBTQ+ voiceover actors and help them network and find mainstream roles in animation and video games.
A creative junior designs games for all different platforms that are both fun and heart-wrenching.
A USC School of Cinematic Arts alumna celebrates the diversity, creativity and artistry of video games.
Daniel Smythe balances his love for music with his career in consulting.
USC students drum up experience in the pop and rock music world before they even graduate.
The physicist turned artist crosses disciplines — and time periods — with his work.
A multidisciplinary artist creates portraits that reimagine notions of black women.
USC’s dance students will leave USC with an impressive slate of performances.
A hefty lineup of comedic Trojans — including Will Ferrell ’90 — have made their mark on the iconic show.
These titles garnered awards and industry attention — several before their creators even graduated from USC.
As the school hits 90, it’s about much more than movies.
A 28-year partnership between Elizabeth Daley and Marlene Loadvine helped shoot the school to the top.
Short films made by School of Cinematic Arts moviemakers bookend more than 65 years of Academy Awards.
From Star Wars to The Avengers, USC alumni have created some of the most successful movies in history.
“Through the ages, actors have provided entertainment, education and inspiration to the world,” says the Emmy Award-winning actress.
How USC and the American Film Showcase are changing the world, one film at a time.
Some of the most compelling animated stories on screen start as scribbles in a notebook.
The creator of A Discovery of Witches looks back at her “overnight success” that took a decade.
A USC Thornton alum reflects on the glamour — and hard work — of life as an operatic bass.
USC students use podcasts, performances and workshops to open public platforms for kids and adults.
With four museums and 11 galleries, USC offers an unexpectedly diverse look at the history—and future—of art in L.A.
As project architect for the Korean American National Museum, Paul Choi brings an evolving cultural legacy home.
Channing Godfrey Peoples MFA ’11 talks about the responsibility borne by Black artists, storytellers and creators today and the power of speaking your truth.
The archives of the trailblazing USC alumnus will be jointly housed at the Getty Research Institute and his alma mater.
USC art and design students build creative ties in the midst of L.A.’s Arts District.
A pair of USC Kaufman School of Dance graduates follow their dreams to Broadway on a journey they never could have anticipated.
Artists send uplifting tunes that provide moments of relief during the pandemic — and you can watch and hear some of them on video here.
Thoughts on speaking Spanish and passing as white all come out in a starkly honest Q&A with spoken word artist and USC alum David A. Romero.
As an aspiring actor pursues a creative career in entertainment, he can lean on the advice and guidance of a multitalented fellow Trojan.
They had to rethink how to connect with the public. Turns out “Botticelli on Zoom” and art talks from the couch might change the way Americans get their culture fix.
USC art students pen graphic stories during their pandemic time apart that capture adventures in ancient Rome, futuristic robots and more.
An architect-turned-woodworker draws inspiration from the natural world.
Check out these surprising links between the award-winning playwright and the Trojan Family.
See how students use poetry, viola concertos and animated whales to try to wake the world up to climate change.
Michael Ausiello wrote a heartbreaking — yet darkly funny — memoir after his husband’s death. It’s now a movie starring Jim Parsons.