Iovine and Young Hall is a 40,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility featuring 3D printers and laser-cutters; fabrication lab for metal, wood, plastics and electronics; multimedia lab for motion capture, photo, video and audio; alumni lab to support student startups; and a podcast studio. Photo by Jeremy Bittermann.
Courses of Instruction
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: the arts 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 apply 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, technology and the arts are deeply intertwined. In addition, the university’s proximity to the city’s burgeoning “Silicon Beach” and its vibrant downtown Arts District, as well as Northern California’s Silicon Valley, provides access to the world’s premiere creative and technology companies and institutions from which students can learn and draw inspiration.
Students who complete the undergraduate 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 and minors fine-tune their ideas and complete working models, systems or prototypes in the Academy’s new home, Iovine and Young Hall, which officially opened in 2019. The facility offers approximately 10,000 square feet of makerspace and cutting-edge technologies, workshops, and flexible studios to nurture collaboration to engender innovation and support the development of creative ideas, inventions and startups.
Students work both individually and in self-directed teams, and are guided by faculty and industry mentors who include artists, designers, technologists, founders, venture capitalists, public policy leaders, philanthropists, global entrepreneurs and more.
The Academy offers two graduate degree programs – the online Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology (MSIDBT) and the Master of Science in Product Innovation (MSPRIN). The online MSIDBT graduate degree program provides a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary education at the intersection of the educational and professional disciplines central to our changing world. The program creates leaders with diverse and creative ways of thinking and doing – professionals trained to recognize and cultivate innovation, catalyze change and leverage new opportunities to not only support, but also help shape and build our rapidly evolving economy.
In 2020, the Academy launched the Master of Science in Product Innovation – a revolutionary new degree for advanced students wishing to pursue product design for the 21st century. Reimagining the traditional concept of a product to encompass not just physical objects but also virtual, multi-dimensional and cross-platform devices, environments and experiences, this program provides students with an expertise in the development and launch of products that address the needs of a technology-enhanced global society. In addition to the traditional two-year course of study for applicants holding a qualified bachelor’s degree, MSPRIN offers a progressive option for select USC undergraduates who wish to begin work on the master’s degree while simultaneously completing their USC bachelor’s degree.
Iovine and Young Hall
3780 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3571
FAX: (213) 821-1440
Erica Muhl, DMA, Dean and Founding Executive Director
Lynn Miles, Senior Associate Dean, Advancement and External Affairs
Jessica Vernon, MEd, Associate Dean, Admission and Student Affairs
Patrick Dent, MS, Assistant Dean, Curriculum
Raul Petris, Associate Dean, Finance and Administration
Matthew Manos, MFA, Assistant Dean, Academic Strategy
Yolanda DiConti, Executive Assistant to the Dean
External Affairs, Communications, Events
Danielle Boutier, MA, Director of Events
Karine Kim, MA, Communications Manager
Miracle Bizira, Associate Director, Career and External Relations
Laura Gonzales, Development Coordinator
Bruno Correa, MA, Communications Assistant
Sam de Leve, MA, Communications Assistant
Amber Bradley, EdD, PPS, Senior Academic Adviser; Assistant Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Initiatives (IDEA)
Bria Bourgeois, Academic Adviser
Sharif Joshua, MEd, Academic Adviser, Online Programs
Patricia Rangel, Budget Analyst
Tanisha Senaratne, SHRM-CP, HR and Payroll Coordinator
Luisa Sanchez, Administrative Budget Assistant
Facilities and Information Technologies
Derek Williams, Technology Operations Supervisor
Jacob Patapoff, Makerspace Manager
Cris Argueta, Computer Services Consultant
Tucker Rae-Grant, MFA, Digital Fabrication Lab Specialist
Academic Program Administration
Michael Crowley, PhD, Director, Online Programs
Imre Meszaros, EdD, Associate Director, Online Programs
Stephen Child, MFA, Chair of Design
Grant Delgatty, BS, Chair of Product Innovation
Jennifer Ellis, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator
Jessica Hernaiz, MEd, Graduate Programs Coordinator
Joshua Alexander, MBA, Adjunct Lecturer, Entrepreneurship; Lecturer, Finance (McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin)
Jean-Michel Arnoult, BA, Entrepreneur in Residence
Carsten Becker, MA, Adjunct Lecturer, Communication
Safir Bellali, BS, Adjunct Lecturer, Design
Estevan Carlos Benson, Adjunct Lecturer, Technology
Krystina Castella, BFA, Adjunct Lecturer, Design; Faculty, Humanities and Sciences (Art Center College of Design)
Samir Chatterjee, PhD, Visiting Professor of Technology and Innovation; Fletcher Jones Chair of Technology, Design and Management (Claremont Graduate University)
Steven Child, MFA, Associate Professor of Teaching, Design
Jay Clewis, MS, Adjunct Lecturer, Communication
Michael Crowley, PhD, Professor of Teaching, Technology
Grant Delgatty, BS, Associate Professor of Teaching, Design
Patrick Dent, MS, Associate Professor of Teaching, Technology
Trina Gregory, MS, Senior Lecturer, Information Technology (USC Viterbi School of Engineering)
Matthew Hanson, PhD, Adjunct Lecturer, Entrepreneurship
Adam Hughes, BSME, Adjunct Lecturer
Trent Jones, BS, Maker in Residence
Wayne Jones, MM, Adjunct Lecturer, Audio Design
Nayeon Kim, BS, Lecturer, Information Technology (USC Viterbi School of Engineering)
Matthew Manos, MFA, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Design
Phil More, PhD, Professor Emeritus (USC Marshall School of Business)
Erica Muhl, DMA, Professor of Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation; Professor of Composition (USC Thornton School of Music)
Zune Nguyen, BS, Lecturer, Information Technology (USC Viterbi School of Engineering)
Michael Overing, JD, Adjunct Lecturer, Entrepreneurship
Robert Parke, MS, Senior Lecturer, Information Technology (USC Viterbi School of Engineering)
Leon Rodriguez, BS, Adjunct Lecturer, Design
Aaron Siegel, MFA, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Design
Chris Swain, Adjunct Lecturer, Communication
Sue-Tze Tan, MS, Adjunct Lecturer, Design
Douglas Thomas, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication (USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism)
Davina Wolter, BFA, Assistant Professor, Design
The Iovine and Young Academy offers a Bachelor of Science in Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, a Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology, and a Master of Science in Product Innovation and graduate certificates in the Business of Product Innovation and the Foundation of Product Innovation.
Minimum Grade Requirement
Iovine and Young Academy undergraduate 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.
The Iovine and Young Academy offers minors as supplements to major fields of specialization in other departments and schools. The minors offered in the Academy include: Product Design, Disruptive Innovation, Designing for Digital Experiences, Designing for Live Experiences, Health Innovation, News and Information Innovation, and Multimedia for Designers and Entrepreneurs. There is a separate application for Academy minors available at iovine-young.usc.edu. Candidates for the minors in the Iovine and Young Academy will be counseled by an academic adviser in the school.
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, RLM sessions 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 undergraduate Academy students and open to graduate 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 2021 is December 1, 2020. Specific requirements and additional information are available at iovine-young.usc.edu/admissions/index.html.
Entrance Requirements for Current USC Students as Internal Transfers
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 2021 is January 1, 2021. Specific requirements and additional information are available at iovine-young.usc.edu/admissions/index.html.
Entrance Requirements for External Transfers
The Academy will consider entrance into the major for current students at other two-year and four-year higher education institutions. While completed 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 2021 is December 1, 2020. Specific requirements and additional information are available at iovine-young.usc.edu/admissions/index.html.
Admission to the Academy’s Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology program is offered for fall, spring and summer semesters. Specific requirements and additional information are available at design.usc.edu/admissions.
Admission to the Master of Science in Product Innovation is offered once a year. Specific requirements and additional information are available at iovine-young.usc.edu/program/ms-product-innovation.html.
Academic advisement is provided to Academy major and minor students. The staff advisers provide information regarding academic life at the university, program requirements, policies and procedures to assist students with their degree completion. Undergraduate 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 dean of the Academy or her designee.
Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate and graduate programs are assessed the university-wide tuition rate. 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.
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