PRINT December 2015


Course Corrections

Cover of Artforum October 2015: Andrei Koschmieder, Untitled #02, Untitled #03, Untitled #04, Untitled #05, Untitled #06 (detail), 2014, paper, spray paint, epoxy resin, ink-jet dye, dimensions variable.

I APPRECIATED THE ROUNDTABLE “Class Dismissed” [Artforum, October 2015], as I share many of the concerns of the participants about the state of universities and art schools today, having experience with these pressing issues from teaching in three countries (the US, the UK, and Canada), in public and private universities. However, some of the claims about USC Roski School of Art and Design’s MFA program and the University of Southern California are incorrect.

Having just arrived at Roski last summer (2014) as vice dean of critical studies, I found myself in the middle of this storm. While I was not at Roski when the changes to the MFA were initiated, it became clear that the impetus to revise the program and its funding structure came from an external review (by well-known arts educators), followed by two years of extensive internal faculty discussions highlighting both strengths

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