Art Education at South Carolina

Students pursuing a degree in art education in the School of Visual Art and Design receive broad exposure to studio art, art history, art criticism and aesthetics. 

What to Expect

The perfect match for anyone who wants to teach art to K-12 students, our art education program provides most of South Carolina’s K-12 art teachers. As an art education major, you will learn the role of art in society, formulate and defend philosophy of art and become sophisticated consumers of art.

Since a broad knowledge of art is required of art educators, you will be exposed to studio art, art history, art criticism and aesthetics. You will gain valuable hands-on experience by teaching in elementary and secondary schools, while also having the opportunity to seek out research and service opportunities.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B  Bachelor of Fine Arts 

The School of Visual Art and Design boasts an 85,000-square-foot facility designed specifically for the study and creation of the visual arts. Our faculty members possess national and international reputations and have dedicated their lives to art and its teaching. The School of Visual Art and Design is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a bachelor of fine arts with a major in art education, noting that students wishing to teach art in K-12 settings will have to take additional courses to satisfy certification requirements:

  • Introduction to Visual Arts Computing
  • Fundamentals of Art
  • 3-Dimensional Design I and II
  • Color and Composition
  • Basic Drawing I and II
  • Introduction to Painting
  • Introduction to Printmaking
  • Introduction to Three-Dimensional Studies
  • Beginning Ceramics

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  Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Art Education (I.M.A.)

Graduate Director: Andrew Graciano, 803-777-6631, graciano@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Lawona Hill, 803-777-6438, lhill@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

M  M.A. in Art Education 

Graduate Director: Andrew Graciano, 803-777-6631, graciano@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Lawona Hill, 803-777-6438, lhill@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

M  Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education (M.A.T.)

Application Contact: Jennifer McFall, 803-777-6732, jguinan@mailbox.sc.edu
Graduation Director: Erik Drasgow, drasgow@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Advisor-Art: Karen Heid, 803-777-2594, Heid@sc.edu
Program Contact-Art: Lawona Hill, 803-777-6438, lhill@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact-Ed: Courtney Hoover, 803-777-6732, HOOVER5@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.