The Fine Arts Department seeks to provide students with a broad knowledge of and appreciation for the arts and to prepare students for careers and further study. The Department is composed of four (4) areas: Visual Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre. The curricula are designed to provide general education courses in support of a strong liberal arts education. The majors in the Department are Studio Art, Teaching of Art, and General Music. The Teaching Program requires the passing of PRAXIS I by the end of the sophomore year, PRAXIS II in the senior year, ED 460S Student Teaching and achievement of a minimum 2.50 GPA. (Reference the Department of Education for additional guidelines of all Teaching Programs.) The Visual Arts Program is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
The Mission of the Department is to provide instructional programs in the arts which stimulate intellectual activity and exploration of artistic expression, humanistic study, enduring values and ethical positions, critical analysis, dialogue and inquiry, and an understanding and appreciation for the fine arts as tools for social change.
Students who choose the teaching option in Art follow an approved program of study which meets requirements for professional education and/or certification by the South Carolina State Department of Education and The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). (see also section under Teacher Education Program).