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Art Studio: What to Expect

Art Studio majors will benefit from a wide array of opportunities at Carolina from photography to graphic design to drawing! The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art Studio is geared toward students serious about becoming professional artists or pursuing graduate-level study. If you choose to pursue the BFA degree, you will choose a concentration from the following areas: Graphic Design, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Painting, Intermedia, 3-D Studies, and Photography. The Art Studio program also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree that provides a well-rounded liberal arts education along with an art major. As an Art Studio major, you will benefit from outstanding facilities and hands-on experience through internship and research opportunities.

Take a look at what some of our concentrations have to offer:

  • The Graphic Design program offers courses that cover publication and editorial design, logo design and branding, packaging, illustration, poster design, multimedia, motion graphics, and interactive design. You can also pursue a variety of internship opportunities around the United States!
  • The Drawing program is designed to provide a wide range of drawing experience and approaches. There are three dedicated drawing studio classrooms that have high ceiling, lots of windows, and overhead specialty lighting.
  • The Printmaking area is housed primarily in three classrooms at McMaster College, the facilities for all the major printmaking processes including relief, intaglio, serigraphy, lithography, and digital imaging.  In addition to creating prints in traditional methods, many students create installations and combine printmaking processes with photography, drawing, painting, or three-dimensional work.
  • The Ceramics program caters to students’ personal interests, which may vary from a strong vessel orientation to sculptural and conceptual art forms in clay.
  • The Painting program’s objective is to expose students to the history and aesthetic breadth of the medium, to challenge them to develop their own initiatives, and to pursue excellence. You will be able to develop into a serious, committed artist with the ability to express yourself through painting.
    The 3-D Studies program occupies more than 4,000 square feet of studio and shop space and is equipped with a wide-range of equipment. Students in this program will gain exposure to the realities of the professional art world and get the chance to exchange ideas with some of today’s artists through the Visiting Artists program.
  • The Photography program offers a classroom with print finishing and display areas, two black and white darkrooms, a film developing area, and a fully equipped lighting studio. An emphasis is placed on personal exploration of ideas within the context of contemporary art and critical theory. You will also be required to create an individual portfolio to display your work.

A detailed list of degree requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Enhancing your Experience

Study Abroad allows you to earn academic credits toward your USC degree while seeing the world! Overseas study can complement any academic program or major. You may also choose to intern, volunteer, or conduct research abroad. You are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Web site for more information on opportunities to broaden and extend your knowledge and perspectives.
Student Organizations can be instrumental in helping you adjust to life on campus and network within your field. The University of South Carolina has a family of nearly 300 student organizations. Getting involved in an organization that interests you can help you network, meet new friends, and develop leadership skills. You can also seek out volunteer opportunities that relate to your major. Find a student organization on campus that interests you!
Graduate School is one of many possibilities following graduation. Art Studio majors often go on to pursue graduate degrees in a variety of areas including Art Studio, Visual Communication, Media Arts, Art History, and Teaching.
Departmental Scholarships may be awarded to outstanding entering freshmen or current students. The Art Department awards a variety scholarships each year.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences often help you confirm your career interests, give you hands-on experience in a professional setting, help build your resume, reinforce what you’ve learned in class and can often lead to full-time employment. Likewise, pursuing professional research opportunities as an undergraduate student can also help enrich your academic experience while at the University. As an undergraduate student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors and explore a discipline that interests you. Both internship and research opportunities help you build a competitive edge in the job market.

As a USC student you will have numerous resources at your disposal to assist you with locating internship and research opportunities. The USC Career Center is the central location at USC for assisting students with internship preparation and finding an internship. In addition, be sure to visit your academic department as many programs offer supplemental internship guidance specific to your major. The Office of Undergraduate Research assists all USC undergraduates by providing research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields.

Career Opportunities

The USC Career Center offers numerous resources which provide more information about career opportunities for students in this major. Once admitted, a Career Development Coach is available to help you assess your interest areas, make decisions about your career path, and identify the experiences and skills that will help you accomplish your goals. Spur Connections will help you locate mentors from among USC alumni, employers and community members who can provide insights based on their careers and experiences. Early planning and preparation are keys to success.

You can find more information about career options in the US Department of Laborís Occupational Outlook Handbook.

About the Department of Art

The Department of Art boasts an 85,000-square-foot facility designed specifically for the study and creation of the visual arts. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in four major artistic disciplines: Art Education, Art History, Art Studio, and Media Arts. Our faculty members possess national and international reputations in their areas of expertise and are a cohesive group of cutting-edge professionals who have dedicated their lives to art and its teaching. The Department of Art is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Points of Pride

  • The University of South Carolina Department of Art is the largest and most comprehensive art department in the state.
  • Our facilities include extensive studio space, a slide library of more than 150,000 artworks, and the Huntington Gallery, a department exhibition area for students and faculty.
  • We sponsor a Students’ Annual Art Sale at the end of each fall semester, and an annual art auction of student and faculty work.

Additional Resources.
Department of Art Website
College of Arts and Sciences Website
University Career Center
Undergraduate Bulletin