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Awards and Grants

We recommend beginning with following options to receive recognition and support for your creative work and research. Apply today!

The Office of Undergraduate Research shares a range of resources and funding sources for student research—whether you have a project underway or need tips on how to get started.

Magellan Scholars receive up to $3,000 to help fund a research project, competing for this award with the submission of a research, scholarship, or creative project proposal developed in collaboration with the faculty mentor. You must have a faculty mentor, a project plan, and attend a workshop to apply.

The Undergraduate Research Enhancement Program (UREP) funds research materials and supplies. Any SVAD major can apply to receive funding and carry out their creative research projects of their dreams!

The University Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research recognizes excellent work utilizing material in our library’s collections. Students who have written research papers can apply to receive an award!

The University’s office of National Fellowships and Scholar Programs supports students seeking major fellowships beyond campus.

Graduate students are eligible for University Awards.



Make the Most of Your Educational Experience

Below are recommended ways to make the most of your time at UofSC. If you have questions, contact the listed faculty member in your area of study. We're here to help!

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact:
Professor Minuette Floyd, Area Coordinator, floyd@sc.edu

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
ARTE 560/760, 560P/760P
ARTE 705, ARTE 530
ARTE 525P/725P
ARTE 540/740
ARTE 571/771
ARTE 565/765

Sites/Experiences

  • After school programs
  • Boys and Girls club
  • St. Lawrence Place Shelter
  • Lexington County Juvenile arbitration program
  • big brothers/sisters
  • Killingsworth House
  • Palmetto Home

Why this is important
By teaching and learning in community-based situations, we are making it apparent that there is value to what people create. Classroom learning is enhanced, professional identities are formed, and situated learning becomes a life long skill.


PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s)
ARTE 201
ARTE 399

Timing for “study abroad”
Sophomore or Junior year

Destinations

  • Italy
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Ghana

Why this is important
Teaching and learning about culturally relevant art is a global experience.


PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • National Art Education Association Student Chapter
  • South Carolina Art Education Association

Opportunities

  • Fundraisers
  • Professional conference trips
  • Leading through professional development

Why this is important
Forming progressive, professional identity


PARTICIPATE: Internships

Related Course(s)
ARTE 571/771 — Student Teaching Practicum

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences 
K-12 schools in South Carolina

Professional Organizations
National Art Education Association (NAEA)

Why this is important
The student-teaching experience is a capstone semester, when everything that is learned in the undergraduate or graduate program culminates as an experiential semester.


PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s)
ARTE 399

Sample Research Projects or Topics

  • Magellan Scholars
  • Capstone Scholars
  • Honor’s College Scholars

Why this is important
Preparing students for graduate education; forming progressive professional identity


INTEGRATE

How to integrate
Integrating information is the future of teaching and learning. Opportunities include:

  • exhibitions
  • arts presentations
  • creating books and websites
  • conducting community-based art projects
  • presenting at conferences


LEAD

Initial career opportunities
Art Educators in K-12 schools and community based programs

Related graduate programs
M.A.T.
M.A.
Ed.S.
Ed.D.
Ph.D.

Future career opportunities 
Arts administrators, professors

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact:
Professor Brad Collins, Area Coordinator, collinsb@mailbox.sc.edu

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
ARTH 503 – Internship
ARTH 542 – American Architecture
ARTH 560 – Museology 

Recommended Sites/Experiences
Outreach projects within the community, such as the documentation related to the history and preservation of the historic South Carolina State Hospital; interning with museums and galleries, special collections, and other cultural organizations. 

Why this is Important
The visual and cultural literacy and the skills in writing and speaking about art, history and culture cultivated by an art history education, as part of a broad-based liberal arts education, can be applied to the public and private spheres in ways that enlarge and enhance human experience.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.


PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s)
Numerous courses in the history of art and architecture of Asia and Europe, for instance:
ARTH 345 – History of Asian Art
ARTH 524 – Topics in Renaissance Art
ARTH 549 – Topics in Non-Western Art

Study Abroad
We encourage our students to seek out study abroad opportunities, during the academic year and the summer.

Timing for Study Abroad
Sophomore or Junior year

Opportunities/Destinations
The globe is the limit of possibilities for studying art history and culture at universities, colleges and institutes worldwide.

Why this is Important
Study abroad brings art history to life. Students who study abroad gain exposure to major monuments of world art and architecture, develop their linguistic and cultural literacy, and enlarge their perspective on culture.

How Students Can Get Started
Visit the Study Abroad Office about opportunities related to Art History.

 


PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)
Art History Club

Other Leadership Opportunities
Leading by office, chairperson on boards. 

Other Recommendations 
Involvement with SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) and other educational and professional societies

How Students Can Get Started
Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.  


PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

Related Course(s)
503 – Internships (including Palmetto Curatorial Exchange)
560 – Museology

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences 

Professional Organizations

  • SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) 
  • CAA (College Art Association)
  • SESAH (Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians)
  • SEMC (Southeastern Museums Conference)

Why this is Important
Internships give students insight into the great variety of institutions, fields and cultural entities in which art history graduates pursue careers. By participating in internships, students can gain exposure to and prepare for the professional opportunities that await them after graduation.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.


PARTICIPATE: Research

Opportunities

  • Magellan Scholars
  • Capstone Scholars
  • Honors College Scholars
  • Most upper-level Art History courses 

Sample Research Projects or Topics
Our students have conducted original research on University architecture and urban development and on artworks on public view in Columbia and its museums. They have contributed articles on photographers and women artists to Wikipedia and undertaken individual research in a range of courses. 

Other Recommendations

  • Office of Undergraduate Research grants and mini grants
  • Travel grants to present original research at conferences 

Why this is Important
Students can seek funding, support and recognition for research and seek to present it at scholarly and professional meetings. Research projects in art history provide students opportunities to apply their skills in research, formal analysis, critical thinking, writing and presentation, all valuable preparation for graduate school and professional life.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact a faculty member that has a similar research interest.

 


INTEGRATE

How to Integrate
Working on the organization of exhibitions, conferences and scholarly panels, publications, websites, etc. gives student the opportunity to apply the knowledge they are learning in the classroom.


LEAD

Related Graduate Programs
M.A. and PhD programs in art and architectural history, visual culture, historic preservation, art conservation, curatorial and other visual and humanistic disciplines.
Our M.A. in Art History

Future Career Opportunities 
The major prepares students for advanced study in Art History, Architecture, and Cultural Studies. It also serves as the foundation for careers in arts administration, museums, galleries, historic preservation, art libraries, criticism, publishing, art conservation, art investment, law, and many other fields.

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact:
Evan Meaney, Area Coordinator, emeaney@mailbox.sc.edu

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
MART 499 — Internship
MART 571B — Moving Image Advanced: Documentary
MART 590 — Special Topics: check each semester, approved by advisor
MART 591 – Topics in Film and Media Studies: Critical Interactives or other approved by advisor

Recommended Sites/Experiences
Outreach projects within the community, such as working for local film and art festivals, developing public service messages for local non-profit organizations, or teaching media production skills to community youth.

Why this is Important
Projects that have consequence in our community also teach lasting lessons to Media Arts students. Forming connections with community organizations increases a students’ ability to be informed of current issues and areas for growth.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact the Leadership and Service Center for more information. Contact your faculty advisor.


PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Related Course(s)
MART 499 — Internship
*Projects in any Media Arts course at the 500 level with guidance from the professor could integrative diversity and social advocacy into your degree

Recommended Sites/Experiences
Give voice to a non-profit organization to tell the story of its mission. Help showcase current issues related to the community that you are passionate about.

Why this is Important
Creating meaningful projects that have purpose beyond the classroom leads to deeper understanding of topics and demonstrates a more accomplished body of work.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact your faculty advisor.


PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s)
MART 499 – Internship
MART 521C – Media Writing Advanced (Manga & Anime)
MART 571B – Moving Image Advanced: Documentary
MART 571C – Moving Image Advanced: Animation
MART 592 – Special Topics in Film and Media Histories
MART 594 – Topics in Global Film and Media
MART 595 – Documentary Film and Media Studies

We encourage students to travel abroad to study or take an internship, or they can study subjects that are global in scope here at home.

Timing for Study Abroad
The best time to study abroad in media arts is your junior year, but other options may work as well, so be sure to consult with your academic advisor

Destinations
Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and Germany have been recent destinations - anywhere is possible.

Why this is Important
Media production is global, and students with international experience will have a strong foothold in many industries.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact the Study Abroad Office and your faculty advisor.


PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Leadership Opportunities
Beyond the classroom, students make media for film festivals, the internet and broadcast and industry conferences. They participate and take leadership roles in faculty productions.

Why this is Important
Students with independent production experience are valuable mentors to newer students and are more competitive in the job market.

How Students Can Get Started
Connect with more advanced students. Join the Media Arts Facebook Group.


PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

Related Course(s)
MART 499 – Internship in Media Arts
MART 521 – All Sections
MART 571 – All Sections
MART 581 – All Sections
MART 590 – Special Topics
MART 598 – Media Management and Distribution

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences 
There are opportunities to do media work in every industry. In addition to working at traditional production companies, students can intern in hospitals, law firms, sports, government agencies and other industries. Students who want to complete their internship outside of Columbia may be interested in a summer internship.

Why this is Important
Students integrate the knowledge and skills learned in their prior coursework and use them in real work situations.

How Students Can Get Started
Students should research companies and non-profit organizations where they would be interested in interning. Each semester there is a mandatory internship information session where students are provided information regarding contracts and logistics. Contact the instructor of MART 499 with questions regarding internships.


PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s)
MART 571 — Moving Image Advanced: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental
MART 581 — New Media Advanced: Video Game Design, Performance
MART 591 — Topics in Film and Media Studies
MART 592 — Topics in Film and Media Histories
MART 598 — Media Management and Distribution.

All MART 500 level courses

Other Recommendations

  • Capstone Scholars
  • BA/MA Accelerated Program – 5 year program
  • Honor’s College Scholars
  • the Magellan Program
  • Office of Undergraduate Research grants and travel grants

Sample Research Projects or Topics
At the upper levels, media arts students investigate unique questions. These investigations may result in a film, screen play, video game or other art work. They present their work at film festivals and conferences every year and have used University programs like Magellan to fund their projects.

Why this is Important
To distinguish yourself in the field is to show that you can apply your media art training in new ways, not just to duplicate and follow others’ instructions. Original research and production is the best way to do that.

How Students Can Get Started
Connect with more advanced students, find out more about what productions are going on by joining the Media Arts Facebook Group.


INTEGRATE

How to Integrate
From the first to the last media art class you take, you are making things ... producing films, creating video games, writing screenplays, building interactive art projects. Assignments are developed to encourage critical thinking and problem solving skills. It is important to have an active portfolio of your own media artworks as you enter the professional world.


LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities

  • Production Assistant
  • Assistant Camera
  • Assistant Motion Picture Editor
  • Assistant Animator
  • Web Developer
  • Sound Studio Assistant
  • Television Student Production Assistant

Related Graduate Programs

  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Film or Media Production
  • Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.)
  • Ph.D. in Communications, Film/Media, Law

Future Career Opportunities 

  • Film Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Animator
  • Game Designer
  • Screenwriter
  • Theatrical Projections Designer
  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Sound Designer
  • Business Owner

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact:
David Voros, Area Coordinator, voros@mailbox.sc.edu

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
ARTS 399
ARTS 449
ARTS 545
Capstone Classes

Sites/Experiences
Students have many opportunities for outreach projects within the fine arts community, including the Columbia Museum of Art, Tapp’s Outpost, contemporary art galleries, magazines, and graphic design firms. Students also mount exhibitions at local galleries and contemporary art spaces.

Why this is important
The Visual Arts enrich our lives. They contribute the forms that shape and guide our daily experience and have a profound effect on our mental state, health, job satisfaction and consumer tendencies.


PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Timing for “study abroad”
Sophomore or Junior year

Destinations

  • Italy
  • Spain
  • England

Opportunities
Summer study abroad with SVAD faculty-led programs. Most recent programs have gone to Japan and Kenya.

Why this is important
Study abroad is an enriching experience that not only allows the student to gain a larger world perspective, but allows them to mature as an artist.


PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • UofSC Photographic Society
  • Ceramics Club
  • Printmaking Club (Ink and Paper)
  • Avant Grads (Graduate students)
  • WeMakeManga
  • NASHI
  • The Artist Guild

Opportunities
Officer positions in student art organizations, Garnet and Black, Daily Gamecock, McKissick Museum

Other Recommendations
Demonstrated leadership and community involvement is considered in departmental awards and successful application to graduate school.


PARTICIPATE: Internships

Related Course(s)
ARTS 449
ARTS 545
Capstone Classes

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences 

  • The Columbia Museum of Art
  • George Fulton Studios
  • Tapp’s Art Center
  • 701 Center for Contemporary Art
  • graphic design firms

Why this is important
Demonstrated leadership and community involvement is considered in departmental awards and successful application to graduate school.


PARTICIPATE: Research

Sample Research Projects or Topics

  • BFA thesis portfolios and exhibitions
  • Magellan Scholars
  • Capstone Scholars
  • Honor’s College Scholars

Why this is important
Capstone projects in the arts help students transition from student to artist by creating work without assignment limitations. These projects help facilitate the beginning of a sustainable studio practice. Extensive portfolio and exhibition projects also help prepare students for successful application to MFA programs.


INTEGRATE

How to integrate
Our students CREATE photographs, paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramic pieces, illustrations and more. Throughout the year students implement their creative works by organizing Exhibitions, Portfolios, Books, Magazines, Installations, and Websites all within the context of contemporary art and a sustainable studio practice. Students are allowed the time and freedom to develop their own voice as artists. In order for artists to execute their ideas they must become good problem solvers. Today’s art students should be versatile and prepared to participate in a variety of fine arts fields as practicing artists and industry professionals.


LEAD

Initial career opportunities

  • Arts Administrator
  • Art Critic
  • Art Director
  • Arts Intern/Apprentice
  • Assistant Curator
  • Book Designer
  • Ceramicist
  • Commercial Artist
  • Editorial Illustrator
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Freelance/Editorial Photographer
  • Photography Editor
  • Typographical Artist
  • Web Designer

Related graduate programs
M.F.A. in Studio Art (photography, painting, drawing, etc…)
M.A. in Studio Art
M.A. in Critical and Curatorial Studies
M.A. in Art History
M.A.T. in Art Education

Future career opportunities 

  • Arts Administrator
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Art Historian
  • Art Therapist
  • Curator
  • Gallery Director
  • Professor



Graduation with Leadership Distinction

Students with any major in the School of Visual Art and Design can earn Graduation with Leadership Distinction if they meet the requirements, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.


Share Your Work

You can share your research and creative work at official UofSC programs, such as Discover USC.

We recommend joining a student organization to take advantage of the opportunities for local networking and exhibition opportunities.

Garnet and Black is a student-run publication that features student work created at UofSC, highlighting diversity, arts and culture, and local individuals.

The Lettered Olive, UofSC's undergraduate literary review, features creative writing and visual art by undergraduates, exclusively.




Career Center Resources for Students


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