Academic credits to be awarded for coursework in performing and visual arts

GREENVILLE — Greenville County high school students will soon benefit from the efforts of Clemson University to attract talented student artists. The Fine Arts Center Wednesday announced an educational partnership between its Performing and Visual Arts programs and Clemson University.

Beginning in the 2014-15 academic year, students are eligible for up to nine credit hours for achieving an “A” Visual Arts courses and up to three credit hours for achieving a “B” or better in Acting and an award of three credit hours in Technical Theatre with a “B” or better in an equivalent course at The Fine Arts Center. These credits can be applied to the Clemson University Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts or a Bachelor of Arts in Production Studies.

“We are delighted to strengthen our outstanding relationship with Clemson University,” said Roy Fluhrer, director of The Fine Arts Center. “Through this program, our students have a rare opportunity to advance their higher education goals while pursuing a curriculum that is consistent with our faculty’s standards of excellence.”

“This new partnership not only facilitates career-oriented learning, but will offer these bright and motivated young artists a way to enter college ahead of the curve. The Fine Arts Center’s tradition of academic rigor will prepare these students well for college and for their chosen careers,” said Richard Goodstein, dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

Fine Arts Center students continue to achieve at the highest artistic levels and its recent graduating class of 88 students earned more than $10.8 million in scholarship opportunities. Fluhrer credits Greenville County Schools; Greg Shelnutt, chair of Clemson University’s department of art; and David Hartmann, chair of Clemson University’s department of performing arts, for their leadership in reviewing the academic credentials and requirements of integrating the two programs.

For more information about this program or to apply, visit or contact Gloria Collins at 864-355-2550, ext. 2553.