Visual Arts

Greenville Technical College’s Department of Visual Arts (DVA) program is well respected in the arts community for education that allows graduates to go directly to work in areas such as advertising, web design, and professional photography or to move on to a four-year college with a strong portfolio and the skills to succeed.

Beyond the classroom

Faculty members are actively involved in the arts outside the classroom. They exhibit nationally, participate in professional organizations, and secure important commissions and grants for their work. Students are also encouraged to take their education beyond the classroom. For visual arts students, the program’s Riverworks Gallery, also located downtown, provides an opportunity to exhibit their work.

A career you can count on

Successful graduates have the skills for a wide range of career opportunities in visual arts-related professions. Employment is typically found in advertising, public relations, graphic design, web site design, and professional photography.

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What you’ll learn in the program

This program does not train students to become simply technicians or implementers of technology; instead, our teaching/learning process facilitates students’ understanding of education being a lifelong development.

Students build both their confidence and their portfolios while participating in rigorous problem solving and conceptual assignments.

Is DVA right for you?

Students entering these programs typically have a strong interest in art, but usually have little or no formal training. They are able to take that interest and in one of the program’s tracks, build skills in a specific discipline.

Your transfer connection

Courses offered within the recommended fine arts transfer tracks (see below) allow access and transfer to bachelor’s degree programs. Students who want to transfer courses have the security of knowing that GTC classes are SACS accredited. In addition, the DVA has transfer agreements in place with USC Upstate and Savannah College of Art and Design. 

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Program details and courses


Students in the Visual Arts programs at Greenville Technical College typically seek an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree by completing specific programs of study in one of these transfer tracks.


We offer a Certificate of Arts for the following areas, each including advanced training but without the additional general education courses required for a degree.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Photography, and Web Site Design.


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.