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. 

Read our statement in support of Black communities and equity, diversity and inclusion.

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 remarkable academic programming, dedicated artist-scholars and extensive community outreach. Read more

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

CofC Violin Student Wins National Performance Competition
Posted on 1 May 2020 | 10:11 am
Each year thousands of students gain educational experience at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Competition while vying for top prizes and national recognition. The competition aims to highlight exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical…
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Ranky Tanky on IN THE MIX series at College of Charleston
Posted on 4 March 2020 | 9:39 am
***As per the directive from the College of Charleston and recommendations from DHEC and the CDC related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), IN THE MIX: A Conversation with Ranky Tanky will be postponed until further notice. If participants have an Eventbrite…
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