Computing in the Arts Major

Combine creativity, problem solving and computational thinking.

These skills will prepare you for careers in technology and arts industries or graduate school. Many graduates land careers with companies that need creative software developers. It’s not just STEM, it’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

Why study computing in the arts at the College of Charleston? 

This program is among the first of its kind in the U.S. You'll focus on the marriage of design and coding and the creation of new tools for future applications. You'll gain experience in contemporary music, art and theatre production. You'll explore animation and digital media, visual and audio systems and mobile app development. You'll also interact with professors who engage in research.

What will I learn? 

You'll combine programming and human expression to create new ideas. You'll take these ideas and code them into software using computation as the medium for your creativity. You may generate new forms of art and new musical tools/genres. You may develop new ways to envision theater and dance. You may even develop new video games. Whatever you do, we know it'll be amazing! 

View Curriculum: Computing in the Arts


Program Highlights

This program promotes creativity. It's perfect for you if you have a passion for art, digital media, game development and interaction, music, dance or theater.
  • Hands-On Learning

    We offer hands-on laboratory, theoretical and creative classes. Our faculty come from many departments, which means you receive a personalized educational experience. You can also conduct research with faculty and your peers. With so many opportunities to participate in creative projects, you'll gain needed skills for any career.

    Internship Opportunities
    Network and make connections with industry representatives. Here, you'll develop strong connections with global brands such as:
    • Capgemini.
    • Boeing.
    • Bosch.
    • Mercedes-Benz Vans.
    • Volvo.
    Former students have also worked in government agencies and local industry.
    Study Abroad 

    We co-sponsor a department-led study abroad program with the Department of Hispanic Studies. Improve your computing skills while studying Spanish language and culture.

  • Senior Capstone

    First you'll do a semester-long creative group project. Then, you'll tackle a semester-long software development project. This allows you to synthesize all you have learned with the input and guidance of an industry expert and faculty supervisor.

  • Location

    With more than 400 tech companies in the region, there are numerous opportunities to engage. That's why they call Charleston the Silicon Harbor. Aerospace, automotive, logistics and software/IT jobs dominate the region.

Careers & Outcomes

This program will prepare you for graduate school. You may also find a career in technology and arts industries or with companies that need creative software developers.

You may find a job as a graphic designer, art director, special effects artist, video game developer or animator. 

About the Minor

This minor is a great add-on for students who love both the creative arts and computing. Consider adding this minor if you study engineering, computer science or data science. It's also a great addition to any creative arts major.

View the Curriculum: Computing in the Arts Minor