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Art Studio

Coastal Carolina University’s art studio program exposes students to the various techniques, processes and experiences needed to develop personal direction and creative expression in art. Students choose between six major areas of concentration in visual arts: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Minor programs in visual arts include art education, art history, graphic design, new media and digital culture, and photography.

What You'll Study
  • Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships are available to students who demonstrate outstanding abilities in art and present SAT scores of at least 1,000 or ACT scores of 21, and have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Students must submit a portfolio for consideration. 
  • Art studio internships are available.  Students are professionally supervised and receive practical experience while working in art-related businesses, galleries or museums.
  • CHROMA, the student organization for Art Studio and Graphic Design, sponsors various lectures, workshops, trips and other events to supplement in-class experience.
  • Study abroad programs are offered each summer to destinations such as Italy, France, England, Greece, China and Thailand.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in the production of award-winning magazines: Tapestry (alumni), Archarios (literay/arts), Tempo (style/features).  Art director positions carry stipends.
  • The Pre-Professional Studio (ARTS 440/ARTD 440) offers hands-on, real world experience in the production of professional quality posters, magazines, websites and more.
  • Through the MAT graduate program, art studio majors can become certified to teach art in the public school system and enter the market at a higher pay level than with the bachelor's degree alone.
  • The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
  • The award-winning visual arts faculty is known regionally, nationally and internationally.
Experiences Beyond the Classroom

Career opportunities for visual art majors include animator, art critic, art dealer, art director, art editor, art librarian, art therapist, cartoonist, creative director, display artist, exhibits specialist, fashion illustrator, film maker, gallery director, graphic designer/artist, illustrator, medical and scientific illustrator, painter, photo editor, photographer, print maker, professor/instructor/teacher, publishing, curator, sculptor, set designer, textile designer, visual information specialist, and more.


Minor programs in vsiual arts include art education, art history, graphic design, new media and digital culture, and photography.