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USC Catalogue 2015-2016 
USC Catalogue 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

USC Iovine and Young Academy

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The Garage is a dynamic, state-of-the-art workspace that hones creativity, fine-tunes design skills and encourages collaboration. With networking spaces, maker and fabrication studios with 3D scanning and print capabilities, and high-powered computer work stations, students work closely with faculty and leading industry mentors to see their ideas come to life in the Garage. Photo by Nico Marques.





With a visionary gift from entrepreneurs Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young, the University of Southern California has established a new academy to teach critical thinking and nurture unbridled creativity at the intersection of three essential areas: art and design; engineering and computer science; and business and venture management.

Conceived as a collaborative environment that brings students, instructors and professional mentors together, the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation is 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. 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 take advantage of a living laboratory where music, film 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. 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. Crafted via a unique and groundbreaking integration of its core disciplines, this degree recognizes each individual’s ability to truly engage and to succeed in an educational experience that is constantly asking the question, “What if…?”

Academy majors fine-tune their ideas and complete working models 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 new 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 will be grouped into self-directed teams and guided by faculty and industry mentors including artists, designers, technology visionaries, business and public policy leaders, philanthropists, global entrepreneurs and more.

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FAX: (213) 821-1440

Senior Administration

Erica Muhl, DMA, Dean, Executive Director, Professor of Fine Arts and Composition

Susan E. Metros, MFA, Associate Dean, Professor of Design Practice.

Brian K. Shepard, DMA, Assistant Dean, Professor of the Practice of Audio Design

Admission and Student Services

Jessica Vernon, MEd, Assistant Dean for Admission and Student Affairs


Professor of Design Practice: Susan Metros, MFA (Roski School of Art and Design)

Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship: Gene Miller, MBA, JD (Marshall School of Business)

Associate Professor of the Practice: Michael Crowley, PhD (Viterbi School of Engineering)

Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship: Elissa Grossman, PhD (Marshall School of Business)

Associate Professor of the Practice of Fine Arts: Haven Lin-Kirk, MFA (Roski School of Art and Design)

Associate Professor: Douglas Thomas, PhD (Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism)

Senior Lecturer: Patrick Dent, MS (Viterbi School of Engineering)

Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneur in Residence (Technology): Andrea Belz, PhD (Marshall School of Business)

Lecturer: Jeffrey Cain, MFA (Roski School of Art and Design)

Lecturer: Steve Child, MFA (Roski School of Art and Design)

Lecturer: Robert Parke, MS (Viterbi School of Engineering)

Lecturer: Osvaldo Trujillo, MFA (Roski School of Art and Design)

Adjunct Faculty: Andrew Byrom, BFA (Roski School of Art and Design)

General Information

Degree Offered

The Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy offers a Bachelor of Science in Arts, Technology and the Business of innovation.

Minimum Grade Requirement

A minimum grade of B (3.0) or higher is required in all core and emphasis courses for all majors in the Academy.

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.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy is granted through the USC Office of Admission. The application deadline for fall 2016 is December 1, 2015. Specific requirements and additional information are available at The Academy is currently not accepting transfer applicants from outside of USC.

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 2016 is January 1, 2016. Specific requirements and additional information are available at


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 lab 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.


Bachelor’s Degree


Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation


Integrated Design, Business and Technology