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Beyond the Classroom

The Department of Visual Arts is large enough to be a diverse and challenging environment, and small enough to allow for one-on-one interaction with faculty and close-knit classroom experiences.

Lusca Pre-Professional Studio

Lusca Studio, offered as a upper-division course for advanced students to gain hands-on experience, provides graphic design and photography services to small businesses, non-profit organizations, and departments throughout the University. Students gain first hand, real-world experiences through completing real design and photography projects for audiences within CCU and the local community. Students also learn essential business practices such as maintaining client relationships, time management, design and development, implementation and final production. 


Ashes2Art combines cutting edge digital technologies, art history, graphic and web design, and digital photography to recreate monuments of the ancient past. The course is completely hands-on and provides an extraordinary opportunity for students to combine various skills from disparate disciplines. Students will conduct focused research on a specificmonument (or city or object), write essays that summarize various opinions, and document those sources with an extended bibliography. Students then incorporate that research into a web-based project utilizing cutting edge technologies, including Adobe Photoshop, Google Earth, Sketch Up, Panoweaver, Tourweaver, Studio Max, Dreamweaver, Cinema 4D and Macromedia Flash animation.

Student Media

Award-winning University publications ArchariosTempo, and The Chanticleer newspaper give students the opportunity to publish their work or be involved in designing a professional-quality publication. These publications have consistently placed at the regional, state and national levels of the American Adversiting (ADDY) awards.

Student Organizations

Graphic Design students started their own AIGA chapter. With a rich calendar of guest speakers, events, exhibitions, and publications the AIGA is the place for graphic design students.

Art Studio majors started the Student Artist Society. The club sponsors a speaker series, fundraisers, trips to other cities and museums, exhibitions, and various events to prepare students for graduate school or a career in art.

More On-Campus Opportunities

For advanced, motivated students, there are many opportunites to get professional-level experience before leaving CCU.

  • The Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery offers work-study and internship experiences.
  • Students are able to work on projects through The Athenaeum Press, the college's student-driven multimedia publishing labl. Many of the Press' projects have won ADDY design awards at both the regional and national levels.

Study Abroad

Visual Arts students in all of our programs of study gain valuable experience with discipline-specific study abroad opportunities. Past trips have included an international exhibition collaboration with students in China, working on-site in Greece to reconstruct ancient architecture in Delphi and studying street photography in London and Paris. Students can study abroad over a semester or over CCU's month-long Maymester term. Scholarships are available. For more inforamtion, visit the university's Global Experiences Program.

Student Careers

Art Studio and Graphic Design majors have interned at the Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum, Brookgreen Gardens, the Penland Craft Center, the New York Print Institute, as well as corporations, small businesses, entertainment venues, and non-profits from South Carolina to New York City.