“USC’s unmatched leadership in the areas of digital media and creative technologies is enhanced by our location in Los Angeles, the epicenter of creative content and emerging technologies. Our proximity to Hollywood and Silicon Beach, coupled with USC’s world-class research in science, engineering and health, give way to ground breaking innovations that solve the world’s toughest problems.”
– USC Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives, Anthony Bailey
“My job is to create an environment where our entire community of students can learn and grow as designers and developers of innovative entertainment.” -Tracey Fullerton, Director of USC Games
Recognized as the premier game design program in the world, USC Games fuses the university’s excellence in cinematic arts, media production, animation, design, visual arts, engineering and computer science to encourage expansive and creative practice while building ace technical skills.
“One way I like to think about convergence is as collisions of very different ways of thinking about the same problem, and actually weaving a new type of fabric of knowledge that none of these individuals could have achieved alone.” -Steve Kay, Director of USC Convergent Biosciences
USC is making a major commitment to convergent bioscience, a new way of solving complex health problems. By bringing together talented faculty and students from a broad swath of our community, the USC Michelson Center will revolutionize and accelerate the development of new life saving medicines.
“This technology really will change the world, because on the one hand, you’re going to get access to historical figures, and on the other hand, you can talk to your great-great-grandchildren as if you’re really there. That’s a really big change to the way in which we hand down our lives to future generations.” -Stephen Smith, Executive Director of USC Shoah Foundation
USC Shoah Foundation is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action. Founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994, it has the largest archive of its kind in the world. Through its partnership with the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, high-definition cameras and natural-language software, Shoah Foundation collects the testimonies of holocaust survivors and makes talking with someone who is no longer living possible.
“USC was a natural fit for this type of work because of its leadership in areas like computer science, cinematic arts, education, and management, and because of its strong commitment to military and veteran issues.”-Randall W. Hill, Jr., Director of the Institute for Creative Technologies
An academic research institute, ICT brings film and game industry artists together with computer and social scientists to study and develop immersive media for military training, health therapies, science education and more.
“The goal here is to share the wealth, the wealth in data… [and] we need to get close to the data, and visualizing it is critical to doing that.” -Arthur Toga, Director of USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute aims to enhance discovery through the application of imaging and information technologies in the study of the brain. The Institute is dedicated to excellence in data acquisition, analysis, stewardship and computational innovation for the purpose of biomedical research.
“We are trying to understand the problems of humanity better… We now see that neuroscience — the science of the brain — can help in some way illuminate these problems and illuminate how humans relate and cope with these problems.” -Antonio Damasio, Director of USC Brain and Creativity Institute
Since antiquity, artists and philosophers have sought to explain human nature — how we perceive, interpret, and shape our existence. Fresh insights into the functioning of the human brain at the level of systems, cells and molecules provide new opportunities for uncovering the biological basis for a large array of mental functions — from feeling, consciousness, and decisionmaking to the creativity expressed in the arts, sciences and technology.
“Dr. Dre. and I found it really hard to find kids whose education encompasses technology, the arts, and innovation. So at USC, we’re creating a brand new program right here.” -Jimmy Iovine, Founder
Helping fill the growing global need for leaders in creative industries, the academy provides students with hands-on training that seamlessly combines the arts, technology and business to nurture the originality that leads to breakthrough products.