The entire first-year MFA class at USC Roski School of Art and Design drops out
The entire class of first-year MFA students at University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design have dropped out.
In a long statement, all seven students have listed their grievances with the administration, funding, and pedagogy of the school.
Many students were promised aid with tuition, to later learn that these promises were fake. Furthermore, two key faculty and administrators stepped down, completely changing the educational landscape.
The students plan on forming communities of their own apart from the institution. An excerpt from the official statement released by the students reads: “Our collective and interdependent force is energizing as we progress toward supportive and malleable spaces conducive to criticality and encouragement. These sites are more important than ever in the current state of economic precarity that reaches far beyond the fates of seven art students.”