Beyond the Classroom
The Department of Visual Arts is large enough to be a diverse and challenging environment, and small enough to allow for close-knit classroom experiences and one-on-one interaction with faculty.
Lusca Pre-Professional Studio
Lusca Studio, offered as an upper-level 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 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 production.
Courses in Digital Heritage (ARTH 450, ARTH 452) leverage digital technologies as tools for studying, visualizing, and contextualizing various aspects of material culture, including sculpture, ritual objects, and architecture––even entire landscapes. Students develop interdisciplinary and transferrable skills, including 3D modeling, mapping, and photogrammetry. Critical visualization and reconstruction is a practice of growing importance in the fields of archaeology, art and architectural history, cultural geography, public history, and cultural heritage management.
Award-winning University publications Archarios, Tempo, and The Chanticleer newspaper give students the opportunity to publish their work or be involved in developing a professional-quality publication. These publications have consistently won awards at the regional, state, and national levels.
Graphic Design students started their own American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) chapter. With a rich calendar of guest speakers, events, exhibitions, and publications, the AIGA is the place for graphic design students.
CHROMA, the student organization for Visual Arts, sponsors various lectures, workshops, trips, and other events to supplement in-class experience.
More On-Campus Opportunities
For advanced, motivated students, there are many opportunities to gain professional-level experience before leaving CCU.
- The Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery offers work-study and internship experiences. ·
- The Athenaeum Press, the college's student-driven publishing lab focuses on telling local and regional stories in innovative ways. Many of the Press's projects have won awards at both the regional and national levels.
Visual Arts students gain valuable experience with discipline-specific study abroad opportunities. Past programs have included collaborating with students in China on an international exhibition, working on-site in Greece to reconstruct ancient architecture, studying street photography in London and Paris, and exploring art crime and the destruction of cultural heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean. Students can study abroad during CCU’s month-long Maymester term, or for an entire semester. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit CCU’s Center for Global Engagement to find out more about faculty-led Study Abroad programs at Coastal.
Visual Arts majors have interned at the Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum, Carolina Conservation, Brookgreen Gardens, Penland School of Craft, the New York Print Institute, as well as corporations, small businesses, entertainment venues, and non-profits from South Carolina to New York City.