B.S. Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation

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This unique Bachelor of Science degree offers a highly select group of students an integrated, four-year course of study that provides in-depth learning in four core areas, deemed new literacies for the 21st century: the arts and design; engineering and computer science; business and venture management; and communication. Through the Academy's Core, students learn applied skills and gain understanding of the theories, concepts, and "language" common to each area, and the innovative potential where they intersect. Academy electives serve to customize each student's experience to his or her individual strengths or desired focus. The fourth-year "Garage Experience" moves student teams from concept to creation, vision to prototype. Throughout the program students are taught to think seamlessly across multiple disciplines, and to apply a vast array of relevant technologies and techniques toward innovative problem solving. 

The degree requires a total of 128 units, including 76 units in the Core and 12 units in major electives. Students must select elective courses from the Academy's current approved offerings in Design; Technology; Venture Management; Communication; Mechanics and Materials; Health Innovation; News and Information Innovation; or from future electives as they become available. In consultation with their academic adviser, students may petition to create unique degree paths by selecting courses from Academy graduate programs, including Integrated Design, Business and Technology and Product Innovation, or academic units or disciplines outside of the Academy. In addition to required courses, students may elect to register for other Academy experiences such as summer study abroad, internships, and industry and impact labs. 


USC Iovine and Young Academy Majors must receive a final grade of B- (2.7) or higher in all required courses offered by the Academy. For complete program information, see the USC Catalogue.

Academy majors will complete each of the following core courses and 12 units of elective areas:


Academy-Approved Electives (Complete 12 units from the following units)

USC Core

In addition to the Academy Core Curriculum and electives, Academy students must complete the USC Core which consists of courses in General Education, Writing and Global Perspectives. Together these provide training in the liberal arts - the critical skills necessary for a person to function effectively, thoughtfully and productively in a complex world. More information can be found on the USC General Catalogue


Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation will gain: 

  • A solid foundation in the languages and problem-solving tools and methodologies in the core areas of art and design; engineering and computer science; and business and venture management 
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more of the areas above, in addition to critical knowledge in related or synergistic fields and areas of endeavor 
  • Applied skills in information technology, coding and programming, 2D and 3D design, prototyping, visual and verbal communication, business modeling, management, team-based collaboration, marketing, finance and accounting, and more 
  • An ability to both manage and work in creative team environments; take part in and lead multi-disciplinary project teams; and excel in technology-driven business and creative environments 


Below is a four-year sample course of study for the degree. With the exception of the Core (listed in red), courses need not be taken in the exact sequence indicated. 


A hallmark of the Academy’s mission is the mandate to provide learning across multiple platforms that include rigorous instruction, research, and experimentation, but also deep dives into real-world problem solving with existing companies and institutions.Through the Academy’s expansive CurriculumPlus programming, students have unprecedented opportunities to learn from top-tier executives, creatives, technologists, and thought leaders from around the globe.


As innovators who are well prepared for an ever-changing global landscape, Academy students are already capturing highly competitive internships, fellowships and full-time positions at a roster of leading global organizations. Startups founded by Academy students or teams have garnered more than $120 million in development funding and acquisition payouts, and won national and international awards for design and impact. Academy student ideas have been supported by leading accelerators, venture capital firms, and foundations, and highlighted in major press and media outlets, including Forbes,Inc.,TechCrunch,Business Insider,Fast Company,Los Angeles Times,New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

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