School of the Arts

Welcome to the School of the Arts, the artistic heartbeat of Charleston. Our students are taught by world-class artists/scholars in an environment that stresses experiential learning, creative collaborations, rigorous scholarship, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Graduates of our seven academic departments and programs have been accepted to many of the world’s most prestigious graduate programs and conservatories, and many of them of are professional artists and scholars working at the very highest level, while others are working in leadership roles at some of the country’s most important cultural institutions. Also, some graduates have successful careers in industries such as business, education, engineering and government, where they apply the critical thinking and creative skills gained from our School’s training. 

Learn more about our school in Dean Edward Hart's message, check out artistic/educational opportunities available, and visit the College's Virtual Visitor Center.

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

Video Highlights
Video HighlightSchool of the Arts: Overview: Our school is a vibrant community of practicing artists who are also dedicated teacher-scholars in art and architectural history, music, studio art, theatre, dance, arts management and historic preservation/community planning.
Video HighlightArt History Class Highlight: This art history course examines the materials and techniques of Renaissance art. Hands-on experiences combined with engaging lectures are the perfect formula for learning.
Video HighlightOverview of Theatre & 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 as early as your first year.
Video HighlightLearn About Music Studies: Merging the intense focus of a conservatory with a broad education in the liberal arts, the music program is further enhanced by its location in a city renowned for its cultural heritage and devotion to the performing arts.
Video HighlightStudio Art Alumna HighlightLulie Martin Wallace is a young artist who has made 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).
Video HighlightArts Management Alumna HighlightGinger Vallen plays an integral role at Carnegie Hall as the Director of Special Events. She helps coordinate more than 50 events a year including three major fundraisers which raise $2 million to $5 million each.
Video HighlightHistoric Preservation & Community Planning MajorThis unique program of historic preservation, architectural and urban design, planning, and architectural and urban history prepares students for jobs and graduate studies in cultural resource management, architecture, urban design and real estate - to name a few.

School of the Arts News

College of Charleston School of the Arts Forms Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Posted on 1 March 2021 | 1:49 pm
This January, College of Charleston School of the Arts (SOTA) Dean Edward Hart created the first SOTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. Hart was recently appointed as Dean after serving as chair of the Department of Music since 2013.…
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School of the Arts Graduate Programs Info + Open House
Posted on 9 February 2021 | 3:01 pm
Have you considered continuing your education past a Bachelor’s degree? The School of the Arts has several graduate program options listed below. Learn more at a Zoom open house this Thursday, Feb. 11 at 2:00pm. Program Directors Dr. Karen Chandler (ARCM),…
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Recent and Upcoming News + Events
Posted on 18 January 2021 | 9:02 pm
Jan/Feb 2021 Events • Tues. 1/19: Ranky Tanky performs as part of the “We Are One” Biden/Harris inaugural event. • ICYMI: Videos of vocal and orchestral performances presented by the Dept. of Music Ongoing | Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art…
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