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School of Visual Art and Design

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Media Arts

The home of filmmakers, animators, game designers, screenwriters, and artists working in emergent digital art forms.

Our students learn versatility and can adapt to a changing media landscape.

We encourage students to diversify their creative portfolio while they pursue their area of specialization. Whether you want to be a cinematographer, screenwriter, game designer or animator, we prepare you to be an agile, independent artist able to carve your own career path. In media arts classes you master television pilot design, screenwriting for feature-length and short films, manga writing and design, camerawork and lighting design, sound recording and art design, directing actors, ethical representation of documentary subjects, motion capture video game work on our green screen, and the history of global action fight design.  

Recent courses in media arts include: TV Writing, Advanced Animation, Comedy, Tarantino, The Art and Business of Manga and Anime, Hong Kong Action Cinema, Documentary Production, and Narrative Production. 


Internships, careers, alumni

Our seniors intern at national leaders in the media industries and our alumni are creative professionals, working in industry, government, freelance media production, and as entrepreneurs. University of South Carolina Media Arts alumni are globally influential media makers at Netflix, Blizzard, Marvel, IBM, iD Software, Kodansha USA, Turner Studios, HBO Films, Nickelodeon, and CBS Television. Our alumni are self-starters, global creatives, film and television industry executives, and local media pioneers.  

While many Media Arts students seek careers as filmmakers, screenwriters, or video game designers, there are also students and faculty in our program working in global media industry studies, virtual reality, mobile media applications, sequential art, installation, and emerging media forms. Find out more about our classes in the Undergraduate Bulletin, Graduate Bulletin, or contact us for more information or a tour of our facilities. Tours of the School of Visual Art and Design are possible on Mondays and Fridays at 1:15 PM. 


Get Connected

Area Coordinator of Media Arts and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Simon Tarr,

Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator,  Rebecca Boyd,, 803-777-8179

Graduate Student Coordinator:  Anna Toptchi,, 803-777-4184



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