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Writing the original score for a production of “She Kills Monsters” wasn’t easy. In fact, the conditions were much like what these College of Charleston students will encounter when they graduate and are scoring music for movies, TV, or theatre productions.

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They describe it as nerve-wracking, intense, amazing, extreme, exciting, and enlightening. It’s a taste of real-world theatre that has College of Charleston School of the Arts students hooked.

“I feel like I am a part of something bigger while working on this show,” says senior Corey Reid-Smiley, the set designer.

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The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents the 2014 Young Contemporaries, featuring 63 works of art by students at the College of Charleston. The exhibition will be on view April 4 – May 3, 2014, and is juried by Maryland-based artist Bill Dunlap.

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West African musician Kokanko Sata Doumbia will perform at the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts recital hall on March 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in a free event open to the public. She is touring the U.S. as part of the Cradle of Jazz Project, and will perform in Charleston for the College’s Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW).

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5 Reasons Why College Students Love The Beatles

Posted on 6 March 2014 | 9:40 am

It’s been 50 years since Beatlemania took over the U.S., but today’s college students prove the Fab Four have stood the test of time. They’re as into the Beatles as their parents were – some say the best class they took at the College of Charleston was “Music of the Beatles” with Music Professor Blake Stevens.

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What started as a site visit for an advanced conservation course turned into a nearly heart-stopping discovery.

Professor Frances Ford and students in the graduate program in historic preservation (a joint program between the College of Charleston and Clemson University) traveled to Rhode Island hoping to uncover an artistic sky on the ceiling of a historic mansion. As they worked on removing the top layers of paint, they found much more.

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Critics say the Charleston music scene is quickly ripening with great talent. For the past five years, Grammy award winner and College of Charleston Arts Management Instructor Mark Bryan has been working hard to develop talent and the infrastructure needed to support the growing music scene.

These are the four things he thinks Charleston still needs:

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Breaking into the music industry isn’t easy. But, having the right connections and understanding the landscape can help. That’s what the new music industry concentration in the College of Charleston Arts Management Program can provide.

Starting in fall 2014, arts management majors can select the music industry concentration, which includes five courses and a required internship. Courses include Introduction to the Music Industry, Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry, Music in the Marketplace, and more.

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The College of Charleston School of the Arts has sparked an exciting connection with The Bristol Old Vic Theatre, the UK’s longest continuously running theatre. The publicly funded company is known for its production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the 2013 Spoleto Festival USA, and multiple Tony Award-winning production of “War Horse.”

[Related: Learn more about The Bristol Old Vic Theatre.]

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The College of Charleston will present “We the People,” an evening of spirituals and gospel music, on Sunday, February 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the Sottile Theatre. The concert will feature the Claflin University Concert Choir and a guest performance by the College of Charleston Gospel Choir. Admission is $10.00.

[Related: Watch the College of Charleston Gospel Choir on the TODAY Show.]

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