University of Southern California
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Dual Degree

Master of Public Art Studies/Master of Planning

The Master of Public Art Studies/Master of Planning dual degree program offers an unusually rich opportunity for students interested in developing a new knowledge base to become a successful professional working in the arena of public art administration, planning and 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 in this program: 64 units, including 22 units in public art studies, 22 in policy, planning, and development, and 20 in a field of study with no more than 8 units taken from other USC programs.

Public Art Studies (22 units)Units
PAS 561Administration Survey3
PAS 562Administration and Program Development3
PAS 571History Survey3
PAS 572History3
PAS 581Forum2
PAS 585Public Space, the Public Realm and Public Art3
PAS 591Field Internship Experience1
PAS 594abMaster's Thesis, or
PAS 593abFinal Thesis Project2-2

Policy, Planning, and Development (22 units)Units
PPD 500Cross-Sectoral Governance4
PPD 524Planning Theory2
PPD 525Statistics and Arguing from Data2
PPD 526Comparative International Development2
PPD 528The Urban Economy2
PPD 529Legal Environment of Planning2
PPD 531LCore Laboratory Workshop4
PPD 627Design Skills for Urban Planners4

Note: 2-unit courses may be offered in seven-and-a-half week blocks.

Dual degree students, like all other M.Pl. students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill the internship requirement.

Field of Study (20 units)
No more than 8 units from outside the Schools of Fine Arts and Policy, Planning, and Development.

Capstone Projects
Students must complete a master's thesis or final thesis project through the School of Fine Arts and the M.Pl. comprehensive examination through the School of Policy, Planning, and Development

All students must complete 400 hours of internship through the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. This internship may be partially or completely fulfilled through prior professional experience.