The USC Iovine and Young Academy offers a dynamic, state-of-the-art workspace called the Garage, where students hone creativity, fine-tune design skills and enjoy collaboration. With networking spaces, maker and fabrication studios, and high-powered computer work stations, students work closely with faculty and industry mentors to see their ideas come to life. Photo by Chris Shinn.
With a visionary gift from entrepreneurs Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young, the University of Southern California established an academy to nurture unbridled creativity at the intersection of four essential areas: art and design; engineering and computer science; business and venture management; and communication.
Conceived as a collaborative environment that brings multidisciplinary students, instructors and professional mentors together, the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation has become a transformational presence on one of the nation's most dynamic university campuses.
The focus of the program's course of study is on creativity and critical thinking, as empowered by the languages and methodologies of the arts, technology and business. It draws on the talents and influence of faculty and leaders from multiple disciplines and industries to empower the next generation of disruptors and professional thought leaders who will ply their skills in a global arena. USC's strategic location in Los Angeles, widely viewed as the creative and media capital of the world, provides an unrivaled opportunity for students to learn in a living laboratory in which media and the visual arts are deeply intertwined. In addition, the university's proximity to the city's burgeoning "Silicon Beach" as well as Northern California's Silicon Valley provides access to the world's premiere technology companies from which students can learn and draw inspiration.
The Academy enrolled its inaugural class of students in Fall 2014, and will graduate its first class of seniors in May 2018. Students who complete a course of study in the Academy will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, and possess an unprecedented combination of knowledge and skill. Crafted via a unique and groundbreaking integration of its core disciplines, the degree facilitates each individual's ability to engage differently and successfully with a dramatically changing, tech-driven global marketplace, and to address some of the world's most intractable problems.
Academy majors fine-tune their ideas and complete working models, systems or prototypes in the Garage, the Academy's collaborative creation space. Located on the top floor of USC's Steven and Kathryn Sample Hall, adjacent to the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, the Garage contains state-of-the art learning and networking spaces, maker and fabrication studios with 3D scanning and printing capabilities, high-powered computer work stations, and spaces for individual and group work or even down time. Students working in the Garage are grouped into self-directed teams and guided by faculty and industry mentors that may include artists, designers, technology visionaries, business and public policy leaders, philanthropists, global entrepreneurs and more.
Hazel and Stanley Hall 101
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Erica Muhl, DMA, Dean and Founding Executive Director
Brian Shepard, DMA, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Admission and Student Services
Jessica Vernon, MEd, Assistant Dean for Admission and Student Affairs
Technology and Engineering
Patrick Dent, MS, Chair
Business and Entrepreneurship
Steve Barth, MBA, Chair
Douglas Thomas, PhD, Interim Chair
Art and Design
Haven Lin Kirk, MFA, Interim Chair
Professor: Erica Muhl, DMA, Art and Design and Composition (USC Roski School of Art and Design, USC Thornton School of Music)
Associate Professor: Douglas Thomas, PhD, Communication (USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism)
Professors of Practice: Haven Lin Kirk, MFA, Design (USC Roski School of Art and Design); Brian Shepard, DMA, Audio Design
Associate Professors of Practice: Michael Crowley, PhD, Engineering (USC Viterbi School of Engineering); Patrick Dent, MS, Technology and Engineering
Assistant Professors of Practice: Steve Barth, MBA, Business and Entrepreneurship; Steve Child, MFA, Design (USC Roski School of Art and Design)
Adjunct Professor: Zal Phiroz, MBA, Data Science and Operations (USC Marshall School of Business)
Lecturers: Rita Blaik, PhD, Technology and Engineering, Materials Science; Jason Ellenburg, MFA, Design; Jaime Levy, MPS, User Interface/User Experience; Robert Parke, MS, Technology and Engineering (USC Viterbi School of Engineering); Aaron Siegel, MFA, Design, User Interface/User Experience
Visiting Professors: Samir Chatterjee, PhD, Design and Innovation (Claremont Graduate School); Dan Ryan, PhD, Art, Technology and the Business of Innovation (Mills College)
The Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy offers a Bachelor of Science in Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
Minimum Grade Requirement
Iovine and Young Academy majors must receive a minimum final grade of B- (2.7) in all required courses offered by the Iovine and Young Academy. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the following:
For final grades of C+, C or C- in a required Academy course, the student must enroll in an approved 1-unit Academy Independent Study designed to ensure the student has obtained sufficient skill and knowledge in the subject area. The student must enroll in the Independent Study in the semester immediately following the term in which the insufficient grade was received (excluding summer session), and must receive a minimum final grade of B- in the Independent Study. Failure to receive a minimum final grade of B- in the Independent Study will result in a determination of unsatisfactory academic progress, and ineligibility to continue in the major. Substitutions for the Independent Study may occur at the discretion of the director, based on an evaluation of the academic needs of the student, and/or course or instructor availability.
For final grades of D+, D, D-, F or NC in a required Academy course, the student must repeat the course in order to ensure sufficient skill and knowledge in the subject area. The student must repeat the course in the semester immediately following the term in which the insufficient grade was received (or at the earliest opportunity, i.e., in the next semester it is offered), and must receive a minimum final grade of B- in the repeated course. Failure to receive a minimum final grade of B- in the repeated course will result in a determination of unsatisfactory academic progress, and ineligibility to continue in the major. Students may repeat a maximum of two required Academy courses. Receipt of a D+, D, D-, F or NC in a third required Academy course will result in ineligibility to continue in the major.
Note: If a student's grade results in the need to seek remediation as described above, students are advised that, due to prerequisites and other program elements, such remediation may affect the student's ability to register for subsequent course work and could result in a delay of the anticipated graduation date.
Responsive Learning Modules
Developed to complement Academy course work, RLM sessions augment students' classroom education and meet their individualized needs by providing them with critical learning opportunities, but without the full infrastructure of a semester-long course. As a result, RLMs are diverse enough to respond to a wide variety of student interests, and flexible enough to deliver each subject in the most useful and relevant way. Participation in RLM sessions is expected for all Academy students. Most sessions take place on Fridays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Additional alternate times may be scheduled on a case-by-case basis.
Admission to the Iovine and Young Academy is granted through the USC Office of Admission. The incoming freshmen and external transfer application deadline for Fall 2018 is December 1, 2017. Specific requirements and additional information are available at http://iovine-young.usc.edu.
Entrance Requirements for Current USC Students
The Academy will consider entrance into the major for current USC students. While completed USC course work will be taken into account, there is no guarantee it will be credited toward Academy requirements. For example, a sophomore may not be able to transfer to the Academy with sophomore standing. Credit and standing will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Admission to the Academy is limited to fall semester only. The application deadline for Fall 2018 is January 1, 2018. Specific requirements and additional information are available at iovine-young.usc.edu.
Academic advisement is provided to majors through the Student Affairs Office in HSH 101. The staff adviser provides information regarding academic life at the university, program requirements, policies and procedures to assist students with their degree completion. Majors are required to meet with the adviser before registering each semester. Appointments may be scheduled at most times during the academic year.
Waiver of Course Requirements
Under special circumstances course waivers and substitutions may be granted. All course waivers and course substitutions must be approved by the executive director of the Academy or her designee.
Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate programs are assessed the university-wide tuition rate. In addition, some Academy classes are charged technology fees, as noted in the Schedule of Classes. The university reserves the right to assess new fees or charges. The rates listed are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Trustees.
ProgramsBachelor's DegreeMaster's Degree
CoursesArts, Technology and the Business of InnovationIntegrated Design, Business and Technology