Fine Arts and Communication Studies

Empowering Artistic Minds, Shaping Communicators

The mission of the department is to enhance the intellectual, ethical, cultural, and professional development of fine arts and communications students. The faculty is committed to preparing students to become competent professionals in music, art, theatre, communication studies, journalism and mass communications.



Visual Arts

The University of South Carolina Upstate Visual Arts program will be recognized for its dedication to quality and integrity in educating students in the most currently established technical and theoretical areas of the visual arts.

Upstate Theatre

Founded in 1975 as The Shoestring Players, the Upstate Theatre at has grown from a student group to a dynamic entity within the Department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies. Committed to inclusiveness and social awareness, the organization stands against racism and celebrates cultural diversity in its performance facilities, including the 450-seat Proscenium Theatre and the Studio Theatre.

Commercial Music Performances

Concerts free for all students. Non-Upstate students must reserve their ticket at the box office.