About the School

Winner of South Carolina's Governor's Award for the Arts – the state's highest award in the arts – we aim 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 rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs of study. See scholarships and awards.

In addition to a broad range of courses, we offer educational and cultural experiences, such as internships, performance opportunities, and experiential work in various fields. Our Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art  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. No matter your major, you can submit visual artwork to an annual juried student exhibition coordinated by the Halsey Institute.

Each semester, the we present an exciting array of events, and we produce events that are part of Charleston's Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Plus, you can apply for internships for the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Spoleto Festival USA.

Arts enthusiasts can join our Friends of the School of the Arts, an organization that promotes and supports our departments and programs, and assists students in their academic and artistic pursuits.