Iovine & Dre: Academics Innovation

Continued from: Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre: Academy for Arts, Technology & the Business of Innovation at USC

The Academy's four core areas of curriculum:

  • Arts and Entrepreneurship
  • Technology, Design and Marketability
  • Concept and Business Platforms
  • Creating a Prototype

The Academy's prestigious partner schools:  

Erica Muhl, Dean of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, will serve as inaugural director of the program. Muhl explains, more about the goals of this unique program:

"The academy’s core education will create a common, multi-lingual literacy and fluency across essential disciplines. This ‘big picture’ knowledge and skill will equip graduates with a leadership perspective that is unparalleled in an undergraduate degree, and that will be applicable to virtually any industry."

While $70 million dollars is a staggering amount of money, it's by no means the largest donation to USC, which has an an endowment of $3.7 billion. But it still appears to rank within the top 10 donations.  More importantly the money comes with a vision, a vision that will hopefully drive innovation and leadership.

Dre & Iovine are partners in several ventures including Beats Audio.

Other major donations to USC:

  • $120 million from Ambassador Walter Annenberg to create the Annenberg Center for Communication.
  • An additional gift of $100 million for the USC Annenberg School for Communication.
  • $112.5 million from Alfred Mann to establish the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering.
  • $110 million from the W. M. Keck Foundation for USC's School of Medicine.
  • $150 million from the W. M. Keck Foundation for USC's School of Medicine.
  • $175 million from George Lucas to the USC School of Cinema-Television, now renamed USC School of Cinematic Arts (my alma mater).
  • $200 million from Dana and David Dornsife for USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to support undergraduate and Ph.D. programs (The largest donation in USC history).
  • $110 million from John and Julie Mork for undergraduate scholarships.

According to Nikias –who's tenure at USC has included innovative programs before:

"The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media."

Disclosure note:  I'm an alumni of USC, with an MFA in Cinema-Television Production. 

Video of Iovine and Dre Speaking at USC Commencement (hand-held video from the audience via pjxpnoy)

What do you think of the program? Would you like to study in a program like this? Let us know...

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