About the Bachelor of Arts in Art (Art History, Graphic Design, Studio and Digital Art)
The Art and Art History Program fosters a supportive, hands-on environment, where students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts – Major in Art (B.A. in Art) with concentrations in Art History, Graphic Design, and Studio and Digital Art. B.A. in Art majors receive individualized attention from faculty committed to high-impact teaching and learning, professional training, intellectual growth, and creative discovery.
In following a curriculum that blends current media and technology with the traditional arts, B.A. in Art majors develop a solid foundation in the principles of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital design. Complementary courses in art history help students build upon their understanding of context, including the dynamic connection between artistic form and cultural practice. Once B.A. in Art majors complete the foundation courses, they specialize in one of the three concentrations offered by the Art and Art History Program, working specifically on career-based training, applied practice, research methods, and professional projects respectively.
B.A. in Art majors also expand professional skills by participating in internships, exhibitions, and lectures/workshops from professionals in the field. Our facilities include two state-of-the-art computer labs, spacious 2D and 3D studios (where courses in ceramics, drawing, mixed media, painting, printmaking, and sculpture are taught), an outdoor sculpture studio with gas kilns, a well-equipped darkroom, a design studio, and three galleries.
The Art and Art History Program is distinguished by its commitment to transformative teaching made possible through high impact learning, undergraduate research, small classes, and individual attention. Aligned with the University of South Carolina Aiken’s mission, the B.A. in Art degree “encourages excellence in research and creative pursuits and prepares students for success by challenging them to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and acquire breadth and depth of interdisciplinary knowledge.” The foundational and professional training provided in the B.A. in Art curriculum offers students career-preparation, practicums in the field, internships, and capstone experiences—all of which are intended as springboards into bright outlook occupations that serve the region, state, and nation.
After completing a capstone project, B.A. in Art majors graduate with career-ready portfolios and professional skills for employment in creative industries, gallery/museums, design firms, education, and graduate school. Recent graduates have benefited from internships and employment with the following companies: Allison South Marketing; C Berkshire Designs; Innovative Solutions; Howell Printing Company; Wier / Stewart Branding, Marketing, and Websites; Kruhu Branding and Design Studio; TranterGrey Media; Vetrya, and the Aiken Center for the Arts. For more, see our list of recent internships and employment.
Art and Art History Faculty
The following talented faculty teach courses for the B.A. in Art: