Press Release: The University of Southern California, Condé Nast, and Wired Launch Master of Integrated Design, Business, and Technology
MARIN, Calif., October 1, 2014 - The University of Southern California, Condé Nast and WIRED today announced a partnership to create a new online Master's degree in Integrated Design, Business and Technology. The partnership creates an unprecedented learning experience, combining the expertise of the editors, writers, and designers at WIRED with the academic rigor of USC, a leading research university known for its pioneering interdisciplinary programs. The aim of the 18-24 month degree is to educate creative thinkers and technologists to better equip them to transform the world of industry and enterprise. The first cohort is scheduled to begin in the 2015-2016 academic year.
Dean of the USC Roski School of Art and Design Erica Muhl and WIRED Editor in Chief Scott Dadich made the announcement today at WIRED By Design, a live magazine event held at Skywalker Ranch in Marin, Calif.
USC's Roski School of Art and Design cemented an international reputation in interdisciplinary education with the launch of the groundbreaking USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. The new master's degree, which offers specially designed coursework from the Roski School, the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and other leading programs at the university, represents another first for higher education.
"The pace of technology development requires higher education to continue to respond with programs that are flexible and adaptable, and that meet the needs of future cultural and business leaders," said Dean Muhl.
"We've been thinking for years about what a university curriculum with WIRED would look like, and now we have a chance to build it with a terrific partner," said Dadich. "Taking the best from USC and WIRED, we can teach discipline and disruption, business fundamentals, and the very latest innovation models from Silicon Valley. This is going to be thrilling."