The School of Visual Art and Design at USC 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.
Our Faculty Lead
Our faculty members possess national and international reputations in their areas of expertise and are
a cohesive group of cutting-edge professionals dedicated to art and teaching. We have
32 full-time faculty members, all with terminal degrees in their fields.
In the last five years, our faculty members have participated in more than 320 fine
art exhibitions, held 175 screenings of films, video, and media art, and published
10 scholarly books, 42 articles or book chapters, and several screenplays. They share
their passion for art with you, making SVAD a dynamic place to learn and grow.
Our Programs Inspire
Undergraduate students interested in art history, studio art, and media art can pursue the Bachelor of Arts
(BFA) with a general major. Undergraduate students interested in teaching can earn
the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. For practicing or aspiring artists, a
BFA in Studio Art is available with more intense concentrations.
Graduate students can pursue one of seven degrees in our department: the Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education (M.A.T.), the M.A. in Art Education,
the Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Art Education (I.M.A.), the M.A. in Art History,
the M.A. in Art Studio, the Master of Fine Arts in Art Studio (M.F.A.) or the M.A.
in Media Arts.
January 14: First day of Spring Semester classes. Welcome back!
January 18: First year graduate student critiques (open to students and faculty only).
January 24- February 21: Lauren Kalman: Devices for Filling a Void
McMaster Gallery, School of Visual Art and Design
Opening Reception: January 24th, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.
Devices for Filling a Void combines jewelry with forms of reconstructive surgical devices that is used to hold
the flesh in place as it heals. Through the use of the semiotics of gold, this work
visualizes the aesthetic, social, and ethical implications of the medicalization of
beauty, adornment, and sexuality .
February 8: Visiting Artist and Scholar Miranda Banks
Miranda Banks is Associate Professor of American Film and Television at Emerson College.
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
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