Get hands-on experience with many art forms in the largest university art department in South Carolina, while maintaining a close-knit environment with excellent faculty mentors.
Our program encompasses seven areas of concentration: graphic design and illustration, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and 3D studies. These areas are taught by accomplished, award-winning artists who strongly emphasize creativity and invention, allowing you to explore your own unique artistic vision.
Flexibility and Adaptability
Explore a variety of materials and methods in both 2D and 3D artmaking.
Collaborate with other programs across the university with a great degree for students interested in double-majoring.
Gain an understanding of the principles of visual organization to communicate through multiple art media.
Exhibit your work on campus, or apply for competitive undergraduate residences at Columbia's Stormwater Studios.
What You’ll Study
Some of the most popular courses include Introduction to Jewelry Making and our drawing sequence with intermediate, advanced and capstone courses. Practice creating art in well-equipped studios, including a woodshop, an outdoor forging area, a jewelry and metalsmithing studio, and more.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Creating visual content to communicate messages effectively
Demonstrating proficiency and talent in creating, expressing and interpreting visual or performing arts
Thinking imaginatively, generating original ideas and expressing unique perspectives through art and innovation
Attention to Detail
Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Art Director
- Museum or Gallery Professional
- Art Handler
- Art Consultant
- Art Educator
Job Titles of Alumni
- Art Director
- Creative Director
- Fine Artist
- Principal Creative
- Shop Manager / Tattoo Apprentice
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $66,398
- Creative Industries
- Art Studios
- Design Studios
- Museums and Galleries
Employers of Alumni
- Richland Library
- Hubbell Incorporated
- University of South Carolina
- Gupta Media