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The South Carolina School of the Arts' Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Concentration in Painting and Drawing is a hands-on studio program that trains students to become artists, to teach in K-12, or to prepare for graduate school.

Essential preparation

The Painting and Drawing program challenges students to explore, invent, and take risks on their way to discovering their personal voice and vision as an artist.

Freshman foundation

All freshmen art students complete a first-year sequence of team-taught foundation courses that cover principles of design, problem solving, and project management skills. They also learn ideation (the process of forming ideas or images) and conceptual development. Then, they branch into the Painting and Drawing concentration and coursework that includes Drawing I, which focuses on the study of the human figure, and Painting I, which emphasizes working with oils.

Advanced coursework and Christian influence

Students proceed through a carefully selected set of courses as they create a highly developed, sophisticated body of work that can help them prepare for graduate school or a career as a working artist. They develop a unique personal style and professional level of craftsmanship, with advanced classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. They learn to work with different materials and to experiment with traditional and nontraditional approaches. The time spent working with faculty and other students in studio classes fosters a deep sense of community. It's a small, nurturing, Christian environment where students have the opportunity to discover, cultivate and develop their artistic capacities under personalized direction from their professors.

Opportunities to blossom

As students hone their skills and gain confidence, they're encouraged to participate in local, regional, and national exhibitions and competitions. These experiences will help them grow and excel at their art.

Outstanding faculty

The South Carolina School of the Arts Art & Design professors are working artists who have exhibited internationally and whose work is held in collections throughout the world. These faculty members participate in artists' collaboratives and explore both traditional and new media as they guide students toward self-discovery and artistic achievement.

Your future as an artist

Graduates of our Art & Design program have gone on to graduate school and successful careers teaching at the college level, as well as running their own businesses and working for arts organizations and museums. Some, such as painter David Slone (, have become noteworthy artists while others have used the training to pursue painting and drawing as an avocation. For more information about studying painting and drawing at the South Carolina School of the Arts, contact Jo Carol Mitchell-Rogers, Chair of the Department of Art and Design, at or (800) 542-3594.