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Try This: Visual Arts program at Greenville Tech

Students that enroll in Greenville Technical College’s respected Department of Visual Arts two-year program can go directly to work or continue their education at a four-year college, with fully transferable credits.

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Ana and Christine hold up their final prints

Former City Editor Ana (left) and 6AM City Graphic Designer Christine (right) with their completed prints.

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Former City Editor Ana here. 👋 I’m back today because I jumped at the chance to take part in Type Designing — a course offered by Greenville Tech’s Department of Visual Arts program.

You don’t have to have any formal art training to enroll in the two-year program. Bonus: The coursework is rigorous but fun and taught by experienced professors who care.

Here’s how you (or the artsy student in your life) can Try This.

What we tried (with pricing):

Unfortunately, you can’t just walk in and spend a day in class like we did. However, you can enroll in the Visual Arts program and work towards an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree by completing one of five transfer tracks.

Another option would be to get a Certificate in Artswhich includes advanced arts training but without the additional general education courses required for a degree.

What not to miss:

The work of all the seriously talented students. The Benson Galleries showcases two exhibitions per semester of work by a professional artist. On Thurs., Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. a Halloween Costume Gala will kick off the 2022 Visual Arts Annual Student Exhibit. This exhibit will be on display at the Benson Campus until Fri., Dec. 2.

Ana and Christine hold letter blocks for printmaking

The “before” of our printmaking process. DYK the blocks surrounding the words are known as “furniture.”

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What we’re still talking about:

Other than the passion and knowledge of our hosts and professors (Department Head Shane Howell and Studio Manager Pat Owens), Christine and I really enjoyed learning about all the colloquialisms rooted in printmaking.

Did you know that the saying “I’m all out of sorts” actually means you’re all out of the letters you need to make your print (according to some in the business)?

Ana working on her print

Ana learning how to apply ink (you actually don’t need a lot) with Studio Manager Pat Owens.

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Things to know if you go:

Don’t let the $0 tuition fool you — these classes pack a rigorous punch for students seeking to embark on a career in the arts.

Classroom with easels at Greenville Technical College

All of the studios we saw at the Benson Campus have beautiful lighting for the artists at work.

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