About the School
Winner of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award – South Carolina's highest award in the arts – the School of the Arts strives to be a pre-eminent center for the study, practice and management of the performing and creative arts. The School is made up of four departments, which include art and architectural history, music, studio art, and theatre and dance, as well as two stand-alone programs: arts management and historic preservation and community planning. We also offer a degree in Computing in the Arts, which is a collaborative program with the School of Science and Math. Our professors also participate in offering master's programs in arts management, historic preservation and community planning, an artist certificate program in music, a graduate certificate in arts management and a master of arts in teaching (choral music and theatre).
We offer a broad range of courses in these fields, as well as other educational and cultural experiences, including study abroad opportunities. (Learn about The Jean W. Johnson Study Abroad Award.) Students in this school enjoy multiple opportunities to exhibit their work and talents. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, administered by the School of the Arts, serves as an extension of the undergraduate curricula at the College and as a cultural resource for the region. The Institute provides a direct experience with works of art in all media within an environment that fosters creativity, individuality, innovation and education.
Each semester, the School of the Arts presents an exciting array of musical events, plays, dance performances, lectures and gallery exhibits. [View a calendar of events.] And, in the summer, the school produces many events that are part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In addition, many of our students are engaged as interns within the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Spoleto Festival USA.
• Read a message from Dean Valerie B. Morris.
• Join the Friends of the School of the Arts, an organization that promotes and supports the school's departments and programs, and assists students in their academic and artistic pursuits.
• Read the School's Annual Reports for 2015-16, 2014-15 or 2013-14.