Dual Degree: Master of Planning / Master of Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere


Art reflects the character, tradition and ambition of a vibrant community. The Master of Planning/M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere dual degree program offers an unusually rich opportunity for students develop professional skills for leadership in advancing urban public art within the larger context of community development. Los Angeles and the facilities at USC provide a unique learning laboratory to educate a more competitive professional with a better understanding of both the administration of public art and issues of urban planning.

Students must complete the following requirements to earn the dual degree: 70 units, including 28 units in the USC Roski MA Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program, 22 in USC Price policy, planning, and development, and 20 in related fields of study (with no more than 8 units taken in other USC programs).

Required Roski Courses

The following Roski courses are required for the degree (26 units):

Course Title Units
ART 515 Visiting Artist and Scholar Seminar 2
CRIT 510 History and Theory of Art and Exhibitions 4
CRIT 512 Art and Curatorial Visits 2
CRIT 555 Methods of Curating: Introduction to Curatorial Practicum 4
CRIT 556 Curatorial Practicum: Individual/Group Projects 4
CRIT 557 Curatorial Practicum: Group Project Summation 4
CRIT 594a Master’s Thesis 2
CRIT 594b Master’s Thesis 2

Required Planning Courses

The following Planning courses are required for the degree (26 units):

Course Title Units
PPD 500 Intersectoral Leadership 2
PPD 501a Economics for Policy, Planning and Development 2
PPD 524 Planning Theory 2
PPD 525 Statistics and Arguing from Data 2
PPD 526 Comparative International Development 2
PPD 529 Legal Environment of Planning 2
PPD 531L Planning Studio 4, 8, 12
PPD 533 Planning History and Urban Form 2

Concentration Gateway

Choose one course from the following:

Concentration Course Units
Economic Development PPD 639 Introduction to Community and Economic Development 4
Preservation and Design PPD 644 Shaping the Built Environment 4
Social and Community Planning PPD 628 Urban Planning and Social Policy 4
Sustainable Land Use PPD 619 Smart Growth and Urban Sprawl: Policy Debates and Planning Solutions 4
Transportation PPD 634 Institutional and Policy Issues in Transportation 4

Additional Requirements for the Dual Degree

  • There are 6 units of open electives;
  • There is a required comprehensive exam for Planning in the spring of the second year (fourth semester);
  • There are 400 hours of internship required for the degree, usually pursued in the summer of the second year (fifth and final semester).