Why Study Art at SMC?
Most programs in Studio Art and Graphic Design require students to complete a foundations sequence of art courses before you take other art courses.
Typically these courses include Drawing, 2D-Design, and 3D-Design. Other programs have specific requirements and prescribed sequences.
Sometimes it can be difficult for students to pursue the path they want as high demand for courses and uncertainty about a career path can make the sequence requirements very difficult.
Our goal in ARTS courses at SMC is to make sure we are preparing you with course work that will transfer easily to many other programs.
As a Studio Art pre-major at Spartanburg Methodist College, you will have the opportunity to complete these essential Foundations courses with a full-time faculty member.
You will also have the option of completing additional course work in your areas of interest. We even offer the option for a Sophomore to complete a directed study if that is appropriate for your academic goals.
You will receive the individual attention that will help you develop a clearer sense of direction about where you want your art to take you.
Unlike some other programs, in the ARTS courses at SMC you do not have to start your coursework knowing whether you are focused on Studio Art or Graphic Design.
You are keeping your options open and your professor will help you discern more about what direction you want your art to take.
Studio courses help students maintain a digital record of their portfolio. Faculty are committed to helping students find job opportunities and internships in the Arts with the many galleries, businesses and art-related non-profits in the Spartanburg Area.
Several regional and campus-wide juried exhibition opportunities give students a chance to begin sharing work much sooner in their educational process.
Spartanburg Methodist College offers a wide range of ARTS courses, including:
- Digital Photography
- Art Appreciation
- Sophomore-level Directed Studies
- 3D-Design (Fall 2017)
- Computer Graphics (Fall 2017)
The ARTS faculty at SMC hold terminal degrees in their field and bring their vast experience and professional Art practice to the classroom.
Because SMC maintains small class sizes, ARTS faculty are able to work closely with you as you develop your Foundations skills as an artist and a student of the liberal arts.
Your time spent in ARTS courses at SMC will ensure that you are prepared to succeed in upper-level Studio Art and Graphic Design classes when you transfer to a 4-year university.
And the close relationships you form with your professors and other students will provide you with the perspective, support, and creative energy to succeed in college and beyond.
Kris Neely, Professor
Professor of Art and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Office: Ellis Building, Office 107
Art Course Descriptions
AA in Arts Degree Requirements
ARTS-201: ART APPRECIATION. (3 hours) An introduction to the visual arts of the Western World with emphasis on artists and art produced from prehistoric to contemporary times. Course content also considers processes, vocabulary, and materials.
ARTS-202: DRAWING I. (3 hours) An introduction to the discipline of drawing and skills and techniques in a variety of drawing media. Emphasis on composition, design, and creative ideas. A minimum of 3 additional hours of independent studio work is required.
ARTS-203: DRAWING II. (3 hours) An exploration of new skills and techniques in drawing while perfecting skills and techniques introduced in ARTS-202. A minimum of 3 additional hours of independent studio work is required. Prerequisite: ARTS-202 or permission of instructor.
ARTS-204: PAINTING I. (3 hours) An introduction to the discipline of painting and skills and techniques in a variety of painting media. Emphasis on composition, design, and creative ideas. A minimum of 3 additional hours of independent studio work is required.
ARTS-205: PAINTING II. (3 hours) An exploration of new skills and techniques in painting while perfecting skills and techniques obtained in ARTS-204. A minimum of 3 additional hours of independent studio work is required. Prerequisite: ARTS-204 or permission of instructor.
ARTS-206: FUNDAMENTALS OF TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN. (3 hours) This course is designed to help students develop creative answers to design problems using principles and elements of two-dimensional design such as balance, rhythm, scale/proportion, shape/volume, value/color, unity/variety, and illusion of space, etc. A minimum of 3 additional hours of independent studio work is required.
ARTS-207: DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. (3 hours) This course is a study of the principles, terminology, techniques, tools and materials of digital photography. Students are required to provide their own digital camera (5 Mega Pixel or better) with manual settings, and a tripod. A minimum of 3 additional hours of independent studio work is required.
ARTS-208: DIRECTED STUDY IN STUDIO ART I. (3 hours) An intense course in studio art in which students will be given the opportunity to further develop skills and explore various techniques in a selected medium. Projects will emphasize developing individual concepts and creative solutions to visual problems. Prerequisite: Arts 203 or ARTS 205 and permission of instructor.
ARTS-209: DIRECTED STUDY IN STUDIO ART II. (3 hours) A continuation of intense course work in studio art. Students will further develop skills and explore techniques in a select medium. Students are only allowed to take this course if they cover different topics than those covered in ARTS 208. Prerequisite: ARTS 208 and permission of instructor.