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College of Arts and Sciences


School of Visual Art and Design

School of Visual Art and Design

Whether it’s making art, understanding art or learning to teach art, we’re here to bring your artistic vision to light.

The purpose of art, said Pablo Picasso, is to “wash the dust of daily life off our souls.”  At the University of South Carolina, great artists of the future can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in four major artistic disciplines:  Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, and Media Arts.  Classes are held in our 85,000-square-foot facility designed specifically for the study and creation of the visual arts.

Students pursuing a degree in Art Education receive broad exposure to studio art, art history and criticism, and aesthetics.  Depending on their interests, they can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, a Master of Arts degree, or the Interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree. The Art Education program provides most of South Carolina’s K-12 art teachers.

The curriculum in Art History gives students a broad knowledge of Western art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present.  Students develop skills in theory, research, analysis, and criticism.  Those desiring a Master of Arts degree in Art History pursue in-depth knowledge in areas such as Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, 18th-century contemporary European art and architecture, American art and architecture, and photographic and film history.

In Studio Art, a full range of course is offered, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and graphic design.  B.A., B.F.A., M.A., and M.F.A. degrees are offered.

Students in Media Arts work in a broad spectrum of screen-based art, from mobile devices and Internet art to video games and motion pictures. The B.A. and M.A. degrees are offered.  Unique partnerships are available with such resources as the local arts theatre and the university’s Moving Image Research Collections, one of the ten largest academic film and media archives in the nation.

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