Architecture Program

In 2013, the Greenville County School District, Fine Arts Center, private donors, and Clemson University partnered to create the first of its kind high school architectural program for gifted and talented students. This program would allow and introduce students to the study of architecture and offer them the unique opportunity to achieve up to eight credit hours at Clemson University in the School of Architecture.

Architecture at the Fine Arts Center is taught as Art Applied to Built Form.

What is Architecture?

Certainly multiple thousands of books have been written on the subject of just what Architecture is, and it can never be answered simply or simply answered. It is a rather complex profession that encompasses intellectual, theoretical, scientific, mathematic, logical, analytical, mechanical and compassionate thought combined with a colossal dose of creative, artistic and aesthetic skill to ultimately design buildings or environments.

So what is the Architecture Program?

Through critical thinking and project based learning, we introduce architectural communication techniques, graphic design, sketching, both analog and digital modeling, history of architecture, and explore a variety of design fields that are connected to the built environment.

Students may enter at any grade level and study for 55 to 110 minutes daily in one of two studios. The class sizes are limited to a maximum of 12 students.

Take a peek at this early video about the program.

At the Fine Arts Center, the arts are not only taught, but also practiced and lived on a daily basis. Here, through the guidance of the instructors (all of whom are practicing artists or professionals), students acquire strong foundations, enabling them to develop their artistic talents.

All students who wish to attend the Fine Arts Center must submit an application and have their portfolio reviewed, including current students who wish to return for multiple years. Refer to the Application Process page for more information.

FAC Architecture Alumni are currently attending:

  • Anderson University
  • Clemson University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Tuskegee Institute
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Twelve FAC Architecture graduates over the last four years have collectively earned over two million dollars in scholarships!

This program would not be possible without the generous support and counsel of our Advisory Board.


Roy Fluhrer

Allen Freeman

Robert Hogan

William H. Pelham

Lisa Lanni

Parks McLeod

Charles Ratterree


Michael Taylor

Edward Zeigler

and AIA Greenville