The entire graduate class of 2016 at the University of Southern California's art and design school has dropped out, protesting faculty and curriculum changes.

The seven fine arts students on Friday posted a letter online, saying they're withdrawing from USC's Roski School of Art and Design because of changes to the visual arts graduate program after they enrolled and the loss of several prominent professors.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1KV7yK4 ) reports that the students were also upset about the loss of guaranteed teaching assistant positions.

The school says it regrets the students' decision and adds that issues involving the curriculum and financial aid were considered resolved.

USC's graduate visual arts program is intimate but highly respected. It has produced many well-known contemporary artists.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/