Art Studio at South Carolina

As the largest art department in the state, our art studio provides you a wide array of opportunities, with concentrations that range from photography to graphic design to drawing, and resources that include a 150,000-slide library of artworks.

What to Expect

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Studio is geared toward students serious about becoming professional artists or pursuing graduate-level study. If you choose to pursue the B.F.A. degree, you will choose a concentration from graphic design, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, painting, intermedia, 3-D Studies and photography.

The art studio program also offers a bachelor's 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.

 

Undergraduate Degree

The studio art program in the School of Visual Art and Design offers a full range of courses including painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture and graphic design. There are two undergraduate degree options for art studio majors:

B  Bachelor of Fine Arts  in Art Studio (B.F.A.)

All B.F.A. undergraduate students will

  • define and explain development of art, within their own and other cultures, from prehistory to the present.
  • critically analyze aspects of the design and art-making process and evaluate theories, philosophies and research in the practice of the studio arts.
  • through their artwork, demonstrate their competency of aesthetic literacy.
  • synthesize their learning from the curriculum into a final culminating experience within their chosen concentration.
  • have a solo exhibition of their creative research to be examined by the student’s major faculty.

B  Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio

All B.A. undergraduate students will

  • explore the development of art, within their own and other cultures, from prehistory to the present.
  • critically analyze aspects of the design and art-making process and evaluate theories, philosophies and research in the practice of the studio arts. Students' work is evaluated in portfolios and the quality of artwork in the portfolio. Students are expected to produce work that is idea-driven, follows criteria for each individual project in the portfolio, technical skills and craftsmanship. For 2010-11, we will collect data from the B.A. final project in ARTS 346 and the items listed in the learning outcomes for ARTS 315, and use this data to analyze whether or not students have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to earn a B.A. degree.
  • through their artwork, demonstrate their competency of aesthetic literacy. We will collect data from the B.A. final project in ARTS 346 and the items listed in the learning outcomes for ARTS 315, and use this data to analyze whether or not students have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to earn a B.A. degree. 

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The School of Visual Art and Design offers graduate degrees in four major artistic disciplines: art education, art history, art studio and media arts. Master's and doctoral-level degrees include:

M  M.A. in Art Studio

Graduate Director: Andrew Graciano, 803-777-6631, graciano@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Evelyn Wong, 803-777-6438, wonge@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information  for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

M  Master of Fine Arts in Art Studio (M.F.A.)

Graduate Director: Andrew Graciano, 803-777-6631, graciano@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Evelyn Wong, 803-777-6438, wonge@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.