USC began offering art classes in 1883 and later founded the university's art school in 1895. As one of the oldest art schools in Southern California, the USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design boasts a noteworthy history, illustrious alumni, internationally renowned faculty, and bright, talented students. The school is a unique, supportive environment for creativity, experimentation, and collaboration in the visual arts and design. USC Roski features an open approach to art that allows for both the integration and overlap of a number of artistic fields, as well as opportunities for cross-discipline research and collaboration at 18 professional schools at USC, one of the world’s leading research institutions. This gives students the extraordinary ability to seek a wide range of paths and to customize their degree in a way that’s as individual as they are.