About the School

Winner of the South Carolina's Governor's Award for the Arts – the state's highest award in the arts – the College of Charleston School of the Arts strives to be a pre-eminent center for the study, practice and management of the performing and creative arts. Learn about our academic departments that offer several undergraduate and graduate programs of study.

In addition to a broad range of courses, our school offers other educational and cultural experiences, including internships, performance opportunities, and study abroad. (Learn about The Jean W. Johnson Study Abroad Award.) 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 Halsey Institute provides a direct experience with works of art in all media within an environment that fosters creativity, individuality, innovation and education. Students can submit their visual artwork to an annual juried student exhibition coordinated by the Halsey Institute.

Each semester, the School of the Arts presents an exciting array of musical events, plays, dance performances, lectures and gallery exhibitions. And, in the summer, the school produces many events that are part of Charleston's Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In addition, many students are engaged as interns for the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Spoleto Festival USA.

• 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 2017-182016-172015-162014-15 or 2013-14.

What are you going to do with THAT degree?

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) is an online survey of alumni from more than 250 arts programs in a diverse set of institutions across the nation. The School of the Arts has participated in the SNAAP survey for several years, most recently in 2015. View highlights of interesting data from School of the Arts' alumni.

SNAAP has reviewed survey results to develop an understanding of the realities that students who study the arts face in the years after they graduate. One area of analysis focused on alumni evaluations of their arts training and its relevance to their current work: 

Among SNAAP respondents employed at the time they completed the survey, 64% of recent grads and 69% of prior graduates were in jobs they described as either “very relevant” or “relevant” to their educational training. These graduates compare favorably to graduates from other fields. The National Science Foundation’s Survey of Recent College Graduates (2010) reveals that 53% of mechanical engineers, 56% of accounting majors, 58% of biology majors, and 3% of journalism majors work in jobs closely related to their fields of study.

SNAAP also has produced a video that addresses opportunities that await arts majors. Using humor to make serious points, it responds to the “What are you going to do with THAT degree” question.