Programs of Study
The mission of the art department is to teach students to think analytically and use art to express their ideas and demonstrate competencies in their major concentration. Students learn to communicate visually, orally and in writing. Our mission is an essential component of the liberal arts. Students meld ideas from diverse areas of academe with their search for personal expression in their art production. Students who are engaged in art making as an extension of their total development, are prepared for graduate study and multiple careers in the arts.

Our goal is to provide students with fundamental knowledge in the theory and practice of art. Students will create artworks that convey an awareness of art history and an understanding of art fundamentals.

Students who major in Art, select a concentration in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Photography or Art Education. All majors meet frequently with faculty. The Art Department's faculty members are artists with records of significant academic achievement. Because of the extraordinary student/faculty ratio, students are able to investigate ideas and develop a mature body of work on a one-to-one basis.

National and international visiting artists and exhibitors engage students in the discovery of new ideas and processes, opening doors to other viewpoints and other parts of the world. Travel opportunities also broaden a student's perspective. Each year, the Art Department organizes trips to urban art centers such as New York City or Washington, DC to visit museums, galleries and special exhibitions. Other travel opportunities include Art Department sponsored programs in Europe and the annual Susan Coker Watson Scholarship for travel abroad which has provided grants for senior art majors to study in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico and Africa.
Studio or Fine Arts
students develop a broad appreciation for a variety of artistic styles and techniques while focusing on a particular area of interest. It prepares students for careers in the arts and art related fields through the development of a professional portfolio. Students concentrating in Fine Arts may also continue their studies on an advanced level in graduate school.

Graphic Design
students develop skills in a wide range of areas related to graphic design, from typographical design, page layout, package design, and illustration to web design and web animation. Students also learn the technical aspects of preparing art for printing. A concentration in Graphic Design prepares students for careers in most forms of graphic design (web interface and print), advertising, illustration, and publishing as well as preparation for advanced study in graduate school.

combines a selection of courses in the studio arts with a concentration in the art and techniques of photography, both tradition and digital. The Photography concentration prepares students for careers as commercial or studio photographers as well as for further growth and study in graduate school.

Art Education
Students are prepared to become highly qualified professional educators who have the potential to be successful in the region, state and nation. Our mission is to prepare well-educated art teachers with sound foundations in art content knowledge, the liberal arts and professional education. Coker College's Art Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Art Scholarships
The Art Department offers scholarships ranging from $750 up to $2500 per year, renewable for four years.

Once you have been accepted to Coker College, you may apply for an art scholarship. In order to apply, please submit 12-15 high resolution images of original works of art, in as many different media as possible. You may submit images of your work directly via email or by mailing a CD. To be considered for an art scholarship, a High School GPA of B is required.

Send the CD and letter of interest in the Art Scholarship to:
Jean Grosser, Chair
Art Department
Coker College
300 East College Avenue
Hartsville, SC 29550

Or email:

Artistic Freedom
Coker College upholds and defends the intellectual and artistic freedom of its faculty and students as they study and create art through which they explore the full spectrum of human experience. The college considers such pursuits central to the spirit of inquiry and thoughtful discussion, which are at the heart of a liberal arts education.
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