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Student Experience

Something good is always happening here. Follow us on Instagram to stay in the loop. Between our visiting speaker series, our University of South Carolina GD+I Club, Study Abroad opportunities, and interdisciplinary projects across the School of Visual Art + Design, the College of Arts + Sciences, and the University at large, our students have their pick of ways to engage with professionals and peers, practice and hone their craft as emerging creatives. 

Renowned visitors to our program include Aaron Draplin, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Beirut, James Victore, Chip Kidd, Stitch, Kelly Walters, Gil Shuler, Blue Ion, Jay Fletcher, Noah Scalin, Leo Espinosa, Chris Belheimer, Trollback+Co., House Industries, Brad Vetter, Adrienne Miller, Dana Sherwood, Mark Dion, and Seymour Chwast, and many more. 


Our students are winning awards, exhibiting and competing on the national stage. Among various national student competitions throughout the year, here are just a few notable organizations that have recently awarded GD+I students: 

  • Creative Quarterly 
  • Applied Arts 
  • Communication Arts 
  • AIGA National Awards 
  • AIGA South Carolina Awards
  • AIGA Atlanta Awards
  • American Advertising Federation
  • University and College Design Association 

GD+I Student Resources

There are financial resources for students! Students have opportunities to apply for grants and scholarships throughout the year through the Office of Undergraduate Research. GD+I students have a history of winning Magellan Scholars grants of $2,500 and more. 

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USC Magellan Scholars 

Every year The School of Visual Art + Design recognizes students who have gone above and beyond in their practice. Our Undergraduate Awards Day is a moment to celebrate them. Students receive a certificate and some receive monetary awards. One exemplary alumni is also recognized each year. 

GD+I Undergraduate Awardees: 

Gracey Dorn, 2021 
Kylie Wilkins, 2022 
Jahnna Blyden, 2022  
Mitchell Zarkis, 2022 
Liam Owen, 2023 
Fabiana Echeverri, 2023 

GD+I Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients: 

Sam Spina, 2021, Cartoon Network Regular Show, HBO Max series Close Enough 
Maria Fabrizio, 2019, author “Cultivating Creativity” (Simon & Schuster), featured in Fast Company, Netflix, NPR.

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