The curriculum is designed and delivered by faculty from across USC, including faculty from the schools of design, engineering, business and communication. Together, they are a cross-disciplinary team dedicated to helping students advance and succeed. Professors are available to students through the online campus, and students can meet with professors one-on-one in the virtual campus to discuss work or ideas. USC faculty guide students through the program, acting as mentors and guides to graduation and beyond.
Students apply concepts they learn through coursework, projects and research at two in-person residencies. At each residency students come together with classmates and professors to explore new concepts, generate and critique work, and solve complex problems. In cross-disciplinary teams, students collect data and conduct research to tackle a unique challenge.
During the first residency, students work at the Academy’s Garage, a dynamic, state-of-the-art workspace that fosters creativity, fine-tunes skills and encourages creative collaboration. The Garage has networking spaces and maker and fabrication studios that include 3D scanning and printing capabilities. Students work closely with faculty and leading industry mentors to envision ideas, build prototypes and see their ideas come to life.
Students also have the chance to spend time socially with classmates and professors at dinners, informal get-togethers and outings.