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University of South Carolina (Art Department)

Art History

Art history majors generally pursue careers in gallery or museum administration, teaching, or working within historical

The Bachelor of Arts curriculum in art history gives students a broad knowledge of Western art and the cultures that generate it. Students develop skills in theory, research, analysis, and criticism. The Master of Arts allows students to pursue in-depth knowledge in areas such as Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, 18th-century to contemporary European art and architecture, American art and architecture, and photographic and film history.

Art Education

"Students pursuing art education degrees typically become teachers or professors, but some go into museum education or
art-based therapy. Art education programs are meant to help students understand the role of art in society, formulate and defend a philosophy of art, and become sophisticated consumers of art. Since a broad knowledge of art is required of art educators, students are exposed to studio art, art history and criticism, and aesthetics.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art education is intended for undergraduate students planning a career and seeking certification in teaching. The Master of Arts in Teaching is for graduate students seeking initial certification in art. The Master of Arts and Interdisciplinary Master of Arts are designed for those who are already certified to teach but wish to obtain advanced degrees.

Media Arts

* Audio
The audio component of media arts encompasses a wide variety of audio art practices including radio documentary, experimental audio art, electronic music, and sound for film. In addition to exposing students to basic foundations of audio recording, mixing and editing, the classes we offer encourage students to think of audio as an art form. As part of this experience, students are exposed to important sound-texts in the history ofthis rapidly expanding field. Students who are interested in audio specifically may choose to supplement their course work in media arts with
electronic music and recording classes in the music and theater departments. The student of audio should come out of their USC experience with a well-rounded knowledge of the technology and the art of audio

* Film & video
Media Arts film and video courses engage students in preproduction, production and post production of unique media projects. Students utilize 16mm sync sound film cameras or digital video cameras during the production process; all post production takes place on digital, nonlinear editing systems. Introductory production courses cover technical and theoretical concepts important to the study of both film and video, while advanced courses expand upon basic knowledge offering further study of narrative, documentary and commercial production modes, as well as further practice with 16mm film production technology. In the advanced 16mm Film Production course, students collaborate with Advanced Audio students to design and mix soundtracks for collaborative film production projects. All courses in production merge theoretical concepts with media practice.

* New media
Through the convergence of video, sound, graphics, photography, and digital technology, New Media combines creative, business and communication practices. Coursework includes web, CD ROM/DVD development and interface design. Students create work for both commercial and artistic purposes.

* Scriptwriting contest
Media Arts announces the Gregory Eliot Hart Screenwriting Contest, named for Media Arts alum Greg Hart who inspired students and faculty with his sense of humor and committment to creative media writing. Students are challenged to compose an original, short motion picture script to be produced by 16mm film production students in the spring of each year. The contest is
open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate USC students, regardless of major.

Programs of Study

* BA in Media Arts
* MA in Media Arts

Studio art

Students pursuing degrees in studio art have many options once they graduate, but most seek careers as professional artists or designers.

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides a well-rounded liberal arts education along with an art major. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art is geared toward students serious about becoming professional artists or pursuing graduate-level study. The BFA offers options in design, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, painting, intermedia, 3-D studies, and photography. The Master of Arts degree allows students to create their own works of art and broaden their knowledge of art, ceramics, painting, 3-D studies, and photography. Completion of the MFA affirms a candidate's mastery in studio production.

* 3D

* ceramics
Our program offers M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Ceramics. Ceramics students' personal interests vary from a strong vessel orientation to sculptural and conceptual art forms in clay. Students are encouraged to develop a sense of ceramic hitory and contemporary art issues through graduate seminars, guest speakers and Art History classes. The size of our program allows for considerable interactoin between students and faculty. The M.A. degree is a two year porgam and involves a minimum of 30 hours of course credit. the M.F.A. degree is a three year program and involves a minimum of 60 credit hours.

Programs of Study:
- BA in Ceramics
- BFA in Ceramics
- MA in Studio Art
- MFA in Studio Art

* drawing
The drawing program is designed to provide a wide range of drawing experiences and approaches. Introductory courses (100 level) heighten visual awareness and develop traditional drawing skills. Figure Structure is offered at the 200 level with the option of taking subsequent classes. Inter-mediate level courses (300 level) introduce more physical and tactile materials and techniques as well as theoretical and expressive concepts. Drawing projects are set up to make you more aware of your culture with an emphasis placed on personal creative thinking. Advanced courses (400 level) offer the opportunity to learn to be more independent and creative through mentored personal investigations and thematic drawing series leading to portfolio preparation for career opportunities after graduation. Class enrollments are limited to insure lots of one-on-one instruction.

There are three dedicated drawing studio classrooms (two for general drawing and one for figure drawing) that are available for students both during classes and during off class hours. Each studio has a high ceiling, lots of windows and overhead specialty lighting.

The drawing faculty: Prof. Roy Drasites, MFA, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Prof. Deanna Leamon, MFA, Southern Illinois University and James Edwards, MFA University of California-Santa Barbara, are all exhibiting professional artists and excellent teachers who look forward to working with you to achieve your creative potential. Numerous visiting and adjunct faculty also teach in the drawing area.

Programs of Study:
- BA in Drawing
- BFA in Drawing
- MA in Studio Art
- MFA in Studio Art

* Graphic design
The graphic design program teaches the theory, history and practice of visual communications design by providing students a firm foundation in formal and conceptual design. Our courses cover publication and editorial design, logo design and branding, packaging, illustration, poster design, multimedia, motion graphics and interactive design, etc.

Programs of Study:
- BA in Graphic Design
- BFA in Graphic Design
- MA in Studio Art
- MFA in Studio Art

* Printmaking
The Printmaking Area in the Department of Art at the University of South Carolina is housed primarily in three classrooms at McMaster College. In McMaster there are facilities for all the
major printmaking processes: relief, intaglio, serigraphy, lithography, and digital imaging. There are two hand-driven lithograph presses (and many stones to go with them), three
hand-driven etching presses, a large vacuum table for screen printing, an exposure unit for large-format screen printing, and a photographic plate maker. There is also a well-equipped
computer lab with a large plotter printer.

In addition to the facilities in McMaster College, there is a variety
of letterpress and papermaking equipment in the new USC Studio for Book Arts. Along with the presses, there is another large vacuum table for screen printing and a motorized fiber beater for papermaking.

The atmosphere of the Printmaking Area at USC is one of
tradition, experimentation and variety in terms of format and technique. In addition to creating prints in traditional methods, many students create installations and combine printmaking processes with photography, drawing, painting or three-dimensional work. There is a strong communal aspect among students and faculty, and a great deal of interaction with the other areas and programs in the Department of Art.

* Photography
The photography program in Art Studio is located on the second floor of the McMaster College. We offer a classroom with print finishing and display areas, two black & white darkrooms with a total of 20 enlargers (including 3 new Saunders 4x5 VCCE's), a film developing area, and a fully equipped lighting studio. Digital facilities include: film and flatbed scanners, large-format inkjet printers, piezography and archival inkjet output, a comprehesive ICC profile library, and 20 calibrated E-Mac workstations. A selection of cameras and equipment are available for check-out through Media Services.

In the Art Studio photography program, emphasis is on personal exploration of ideas within the context of contemporary art and critical theory. BA and BFA photography students will explore a variety of techniques & concepts including: advanced black & white printing, medium & large-format, studio lighting, digital imaging, non-silver, early processes, critical theory, and career practices. At the 400-level, students pursue individual projects in depth and work to create a course web gallery and an editioned portfolio project. Additionally, 400-level students complete an individual portfolio and group exhibition.

The photography concentration in Studio Art prepares students for a variety of careers including: fine art photographer, educator, curator, critic, gallery owner, and arts administrator.

The MFA degree in photography consists of a 60 hour program of study, which typically takes three years to complete. Successful completion of the program requires an understanding of one’s work within the context of critical theory and contemporary art. Upon completion of the degree rquirements, students are expected to demonstrate expertise within the field of photography through the exhibition of a substantial body of work.

School name:University of South CarolinaArt Department
Address:Office of Admissions
Zip & city:SC 29208 South Carolina
Phone:(803) 777-7000

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