Studio Art (B.A.)

Women’s College

Studio Art (BA, Minor)

Art History (Minor)

The strength of the Columbia College Art Program derives from its emphasis on art and design in combination with a broad and effective liberal arts tradition. Art majors have many outstanding opportunities in studio and academic classes to work with, study, and experience the visual arts from diverse cultural sources, historical periods, and media.

The department’s faculty are regionally and nationally recognized artists and scholars. Through their guidance and instruction, students learn to:

  1. Analyze and interpret the non-verbal language of art and design;
  2. Demonstrate foundation level skills in art, two-dimensional design, and three-dimensional design;
  3. Demonstrate competence in a number of art and/or design techniques;
  4. Establish an emphasis in at least one specific studio area;
  5. Recognize major achievements in the history of art, including the works and intentions of leading artists in the past and present;
  6. Identify and analyze contemporary issues about art or design; and
  7. Critique works of art and design.

In addition, the Program provides survey and activity courses for the non-major seeking learning experiences in visual arts.

The Art Program is located in the R. Wright Spears Center for the Arts. This facility houses large well-equipped studios, darkrooms, a framing and exhibition preparation lab, the Goodall Gallery, classrooms, and faculty and staff offices. A ceramics and three-dimensional design studio is located in Cottingham. In addition, an Apple computer lab, located in Edens Library, gives students access to the latest in computer-based graphic design and imaging techniques.

Generous Financial Aid Packages

  • Generous Art Program Scholarships
  • Substantial Academic Scholarships based on SAT or ACT scores
  • State tuition grants (free money to SC students to attend a private college or university)
  • Life or Hope Scholarships (most SC students qualify)
  • Many other forms of financial aid

Staff in our Financial Aid offices are very helpful in putting together an overall financial aid package to make the possibility of attending Columbia College a reality for you.

How to Apply for an Art Program Scholarship

Art Program Scholarships are based on a review of an applicant’s portfolio of original artwork. Art faculty are looking for evidence of basic skills, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to art. Portfolios should include 8 to 12 works of the student’s choice and may be in a variety of media or all in one or two media. Works do not need to be polished, nor is it necessary to mat or frame works. Inclusion of a sketchpad is optional.

We encourage you to bring your portfolio to campus and meet with faculty for a review of your work. You may do so by attending any of the Admissions Open Houses throughout the academic year or you may contact Alice Martin (e-mail or call 803 786-3810) to schedule an individual appointment. You may also submit a portfolio by e-mail or provide a website that displays an appropriate selection of your works.

Join the Ranks of Illustrious Graduates

Many art majors have pursued graduate degrees in studio art, art education, art therapy, art history, and other areas. Graduates from the Art Program have become teachers in public schools throughout South Carolina and beyond. They have pursued careers in graphic design, worked in galleries and museums, opened their own advertising agencies, and become practicing artists.

Alpha Beta Tau

Alpha Beta Tau is an honor society composed of art majors. The society promotes a deeper interest and fuller appreciation for art and its ideals. Membership is open to students with nine hours in art and a “B” average. Students must also maintain a “C” average in other courses.

Columbia College’s eleven honor societies recognize outstanding scholastic achievement and superior leadership. In addition to membership in the campus honor societies, special scholastic honors include the President’s Honor List, the Dean’s List, College Marshals, and graduation with honors.