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School of the Arts

The School of the Arts is a vibrant community of practicing artists who are also dedicated teacher-scholars. Collectively, our faculty and administrators strive to give students in this school the best possible arts education within a liberal arts curriculum while also meeting the diverse educational and cultural needs of the campus and community. You can read more about our outlook by viewing the school's mission statement. Learn about the academic and cultural opportunities at the School of the Arts.

Message from Dean Valerie B. Morris

Valerie B. Morris

As a winner of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award – South Carolina's highest award in the arts, the School of the Arts has been recognized for its tremendous academic programming, dedicated artist-scholars and extensive community outreach. Read more

Events Calendar

Spring 2017 Arts EventsArts Abound! With events ranging from fully-staged, professional dance and theatre productions to scholarly lectures on art and architectural history, we offer numerous arts experiences for our students, as well as seasoned patrons and curious novices alike. View a calendar of our events.

Video Highlights
Video HighlightThe School of the Arts: Overview: The School of the Arts at the College of Charleston is a vibrant community of practicing artists who are also dedicated teacher-scholars. The School offers studies in art and architectural history, music, studio art, theatre, dance, arts management and historic preservation/community planning. View Video
Video HighlightArt HIstory Class Highlight: If this were the 15th century, you might think you'd stumbled into an alterpiece workshop, but this is an art history course examining the materials and techniqes of Renaissance art. Hands-on experiences combined with engaging lectures are the perfect formula for learning. View Video
Video HighlightOverview of Theatre and Dance Studies: No matter your theatrical or dance interests, you'll find your niche at the College. The Department of Theatre and Dance provides multiple production opportunities through four aspects of the department. View Video
Video HighlightLearn About Music Studies: Merging the intense focus of a conservatory with a broad education in the liberal arts, the music program at the College of Charleston is further enhanced by its location in a city renowned for its cultural heritage and devotion to the performing arts. View Video
Video HighlightStudio Art Alumna HighlightLulie Martin Wallace ’09 is a young artist who is making national waves with her commercial pieces (being sold in Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie and being recognized by Southern Living, Better Homes and Garden and HGTV Magazine). View Video

School of the Arts News

Piccolo Spoleto Festival: College of Charleston Young Artists Series
Posted on 23 May 2017 | 1:14 pm
The Young Artists Series features some of the College of Charleston School of the Arts’ most accomplished music students and alumni. Tickets are $11 (FREE for kids 12 and under) and available for purchase(up to 2 hours before performance) at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Box Office in the Charleston Visitors Center, by calling 1-(866)-811-4111, online, or at […]
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Piccolo Spoleto Stelle di Domani Theatre Series
Posted on 23 May 2017 | 12:43 pm
Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival present a 17-day feast of the arts featuring some of the most talented artists from the School of the Arts, from the local area and from around the world. The cultural adventure begins on Friday, May 26 and continues through Sunday, June 11. Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s Stelle di Domani series features […]
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2016-17 School of the Arts Awards
Posted on 11 May 2017 | 12:31 pm
The School of the Arts honors the achievements of a select group of students who have demonstrated excellence in their respective disciplines. The Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 11 recognizes those who have set a standard for their peers as well as those who will follow in their footsteps. The School also acknowledges illustrious alumni: ALUMNI AWARDS Award of Achievement […]
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Cellist/Alumnus Wade Davis ’08 to Perform
Posted on 27 March 2017 | 1:53 pm
The 2nd Monday Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present a concert by cellist Wade Davis, a 2008 alumnus. An active solo and chamber performer, he has prepared for this concert a virtuosic collection of music by Francois Couperin, Gabriel Faure, Johann Sebastian Bach, plus others. Pianist Robin Zemp will join Davis […]
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