The School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina boasts the
most comprehensive Visual Arts program in South Carolina. We offer undergraduate and
graduate degrees in Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, and Media Arts.
A dynamic and engaging webportal for current and prospective students.
New Faculty Members
Three professors will be joining the SVAD faculty this August. Welcome!
It is an exciting time to be a student in the School of Visual Art and Design! Our
undergraduate and graduate students are engaged in hands-on art and media making,
teaching, and arts-related research of all kinds. Our students are excelling in internships,
studying abroad for immersive experiences in art and culture, designing their senior
thesis exhibitions, and participating in Columbia, South Carolina’s thriving art scene
that includes museums, galleries, community art centers, a film festival and art house
cinema, and so much more. A degree from the School of Visual Art and Design will prepare
you to launch your arts career.
Undergraduate Research Awards
Congratulations to Eric Friendly, an art history major and incoming graduate student,
for winning the first place Undergraduate Research Award for “Entering the Studio-
Raphael Soyer (c. 1935),” a research paper for Art History 501: Methodologies of Art
History. Dr. Susan Felleman, professor of art history and film and media studies,
was Eric's advisor and professor for the course and paper. Eric's paper was the first
art history paper to win a University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award since
the award's inception in 2008.
Read more about the Undergraduate Research Awards
Brad Collins, professor of Art History has received the prestigious Michael J. Mungo
Distinguished Professor of the Year award which is presented annually to an outstanding
teacher of undergraduate studies. READ MORE ABOUT BRAD COLLINS