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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

Armenian-American Sergei Babayan to Perform Season Finale of Piano Series
Posted on 8 March 2017 | 11:27 am
World renowned pianist and winner of the Cleveland, Hamamatsu, and Scottish international competitions, Armenian-American pianist Sergei Babayan will perform the final concert in the 2016-2017 season of the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Babayan brings a […]
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Simons Medal of Excellence to Be Awarded to Peter Pennoyer
Posted on 8 March 2017 | 10:19 am
The Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present the Albert Simons Medal of Excellence to Peter Pennoyer for outstanding work in design, historic preservation, and education. A lecture by Pennoyer about his career and experiences will take place on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at the Recital Hall […]
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Chapel Moves! Dance Concert Choreographed by Students
Posted on 27 February 2017 | 12:27 pm
Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance, “Chapel Moves!” is an annual recital of original dances by choreographed and performed by students. These future professional choreographers and aspiring dance artists will showcase pieces selected for inclusion in the American College Dance Association’s southeastern regional conference. Exploring how the body, mind, and spirit can be challenged and […]
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CofC Children’s Opera Generously Supported by Arts, etc. Organization
Posted on 9 February 2017 | 9:50 am
The College of Charleston Opera Program, directed by Professor David Templeton, features voice majors who stage operas and musical revues for the public. In addition, the Opera Program infuses the arts and an appreciation of opera into local schools. Over the past seven years, they have performed over 100 performances of children’s stories such as Billy Goats Gruff, […]
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