The Art Education program at the University of South Carolina prepares students for teaching art and visual culture in various settings that include K-12 classrooms, community art programs, and museums. Due to the rapidly changing visual world and proliferation of new media and technologies, we prepare our students to understand and interpret a wide range of imagery from fine arts to popular visual phenomena. This provides them with foundation for designing relevant and innovative curricula for children and youth that promote personal growth, thinking skills, and sophisticated understanding of art and broader visual world around them. Because of a wide scope of knowledge that is required of contemporary art educators, our students are exposed to studio arts, art history, art criticism, aesthetics, visual culture, new media and technologies, children’s artistic development, and curriculum development.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education is intended for undergraduate students planning a career and seeking certification in teaching art. The Master of Arts in Teaching is for graduate students seeking initial certification in art education. The Master of Arts and Interdisciplinary Master of Arts are designed for those who are already certified to teach but wish to obtain an advanced degree.
Our students are active in the National Art Education Student Chapter at USC. Regular meetings are scheduled and various activities, lectures, and outreach programs are planned each year.