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Art Studio, emphasis Graphic Design, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Spartanburg, SC, United States
USC Upstate awards a BA Art Studio, emphasis Graphic Design degree. Recent data from The American Institute of Graphic Arts indicates that nine out of 10 graphic artists have a college degree and the most significant trend in graphic design is an extraordinary demand for good designers that far exceeds supply.
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The program prepares students for careers and graduate work in the field of graphic design including illustration and web/electronic design. Students prepare skills for professional practice by integrating the content areas of design theory, production, history, criticism, and aesthetics. Coursework provides a foundation in creativity, critical thinking, and problem analysis. The curriculum integrates traditional art techniques with industry standards of digital technology. Graduates of the BA program are employed in creative departments of corporations, retail establishments, advertising/design firms, publishing and public relations firms.


The University’s mission is to promote global perspectives, support the regional employment objectives of its students, prepare students to participate as responsible citizens in a diverse, global, and knowledge-based society and pursue a lifestyle of continued learning. The primary mission of the Visual Arts program, BA Art Studio emphasis Graphic Design, is to support the University’s mission by improving students’ ability to be effective visual communicators and increase perception of global environments in design and consider global shifts in visual codes. The integrated content areas of design theory: production, history, criticism, and aesthetics, develops the necessary creative and technical skills involved in graphic problem solving. Attention is paid to ethical practices, students’ roles as citizens, and the impact their designs could have on society.


Students will be able to: 
  • Think and write critically about art and design with reference to historical periods, movements, artists, styles, cultures,criticism, theory, and design analysis 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and communicate art historical periods, movements, artists, styles, cultures, criticism, theory and design analysis in visual formats 
  • Demonstrate the development and application of the skills necessary to create original designs and components of visual communication 
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply and present verbal articulation in analysis of work

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • History of 20th Century Art
  • Art Studio
  • Fundamentals of Two Dimensional Design
  • Fundamentals of Three
  • Dimensional Design
  • Computer Graphics 
  • Drawing 
  • Graphic Design Studies
  • Color & Composition
  • Graphic Design 
  • Interface Design 
  • Illustration
  • Digital Photography
  • Motion Graphic Design
  • Special Topics in Art
  • Directed Projects in Graphic Design
  • Art Studio Internship
  • Senior Seminar Graphic Design

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements


  • International applicants must also provide official copies of school transcripts or certificates of satisfactory study (such as "A" or "O" levels, baccalaureate, bachillerato, Abitur or other school certificates).

Sufficient Funding

  • The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must receive official documents (originals, not photocopies) that certify that the student will have sufficient funding to attend the University of South Carolina for one calendar year.

Credential Evaluation

  • Students who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11355 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11208 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5604 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Spartanburg

  • 948 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Financial aid programs at USC Upstate make it easier for many students to attend school who could not do so if left entirely to their own resources. The three general categories of federally-sponsored financial aid programs offered by the University to qualified undergraduate students include loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs.

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