Welcome from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Visual and Performing Arts! USC Aiken’s tradition of providing thoughtful activities, performances, and education in the fine and performing arts has enriched the community and surrounding region since its inception in 1961. Whether preparing for a career as an artist, teacher, actor, or scholar, a student wanting to learn, develop or refine artistic skills, or a patron seeking continuing education in the arts, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts offers a range of programs, experiences, and courses to suit almost any area of interest.
Our programs integrate intellectual scholarship and creative practice, challenge assumptions about what is possible, and empower the individual. Artists view the world from new and unique perspectives, engage in creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration to connect disparate ideas in new ways, making the world a more humane and beautiful place. Artists are often called upon to wear many hats in the practice of their craft – as marketers, accountants, agents, legal experts, web designers, entrepreneurs, and freelancers – all while being musicians, actors, and visual artists. At USC Aiken, we seek to balance creativity, knowledge, and dispositions to prepare students for careers in the arts.
We offer degrees in art (concentrations in art history, graphic design, and studio and digital art), music (concentrations in instrumental, piano, and vocal studies), K-12 teacher certification in choral or instrumental music), and theatre and liberal studies. Students may also minor in studio art, art history, music, and theatre.
Our faculty are practicing artists and scholars, as well as dynamic educators. Small class sizes allow instructors to know students individually, encouraging one-on-one interaction and mentoring. We are committed to providing high-quality, distinctive experiences for all students and patrons.
I invite you to attend a performance, visit an art exhibit, listen to a gallery talk or master class, or participate in one of our continuing education opportunities. Explore the department's website to discover the exciting opportunities provided by our faculty. Learn how you can support the many offerings we provide. It’s all within your reach.
Thank you for your interest, and please let us know how we can serve you.Joel Scraper, DMAChair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts