Develop your creative vision and technical painting skills in a supportive learning environment as you prepare to exhibit original art.
Our painting program offers intensive studio practice, providing a strong foundation in the skills and techniques necessary to become a professional visual artist. This degree is perfect for students interested in developing their fine art ability rather than a graphic design or commercial illustration approach.
An Accomplished Faculty
Receive a comprehensive education in both traditional and contemporary painting techniques from accomplished artists.
Emphasis on Creativity
Explore your own artistic vision, and develop your own style, through coursework and studio time.
Develop and exhibit a portfolio of original artwork, and set yourself up to become an exhibiting artist.
Diverse Student Body
Learn from and collaborate with students from different backgrounds and cultures to broaden your artistic horizons.
What You’ll Study
Build a portfolio that includes painting in various styles using a variety of techniques through our intermediate, advanced and capstone painting courses. Students work in a dedicated group studio where they form connections with other painters and have access to the arts community in Columbia, as well as a strong alumni network.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Demonstrating proficiency and talent in creating, expressing and interpreting visual or performing arts
Thinking imaginatively, generating original ideas and expressing unique perspectives through art and innovation
Identifying opportunities and creating and launching new ventures
Attention to Detail
Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project
Understanding and sharing the feelings of others, and demonstrating compassion and support
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Art Educator
- Museum of Gallery Professional
- Art Consultant
Job Titles of Alumni
- Art Director
- Creative Director
- Fine Artist
- Principal Creative
- Shop Manager / Tattoo Apprentice
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $66,398
- Design Studio
- Art Studio
- Graduate School
- Museums or Galleries
- Other Creative Industries
Employers of Alumni
- Richland Library
- Hubbell Incorporated
- University of South Carolina
- Gupta Media