Anderson University

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About Anderson University

Anderson University is located in Anderson, South Carolina, a town that is surrounded by several thousand miles of lake shore line and mild but seasonal weather. A downtown revitalization project has brought new life to this historic city. The area has entertainment venues such as the Electric City Playhouse and Clemson University for football games. The outdoor enthusiast can enjoy the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, an area ideal for camping, hiking, camping, cycling, and horseback riding.

Students with a desire to pursue a design career can find their wish through a BA in art with a concentration in graphic design. The graphic design concentration is a blend of training in professional ethics, message clarity, and creative expression. Students utilize visual and verbal forms of graphic design to convey ideas and information through the use of new and emerging technologies. A professional internship is required from all students. This component complements the classroom experience and prepares graduates for the design industry.

The art department also sports the spacious Vandiver Gallery, where students can enjoy and participate in professional and student exhibitions. Local, regional, and national artists display work here, and this venue also provides graduating seniors and impressive showcase for their exit shows.

More than 90 percent of AU students receive some form of financial aid, making Anderson University one of the most affordable independent college or universities in South Carolina. Students apply for Federal aid through FAFSA, and they also can apply to various state awards. AU provides even more monies depending upon need, academic merit, and legacy situations. For instance, students with immediate family members (mother/stepmother, father/stepfather, brother, sister) who earned a degree at Anderson University are eligible for a scholarship if the student lives on campus. This is just one of several available campus scholarships. Anderson University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution offering a challenging education in a Christian environment. It is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention and located in Anderson, South Carolina. The city of Anderson offers many cultural and recreational amenities. There are many recreation and tourism opportunities. Lake Hartwell has 960 miles of shoreline and offers boating, skiing, and fishing. The city provides local recreation opportunities with four community centers, 18 parks, and 22 tennis courts on 181 acres, plus joint partnership with Anderson School District 5 for two swimming facilities. Anderson College provides a full calendar of cultural events at its Callie Stringer Rainey Fine Arts Center. The center has a 1,100 seat auditorium, recital hall, theater, and art gallery. The Anderson Symphony, Greater Anderson Musical Consortium, and the Anderson Chamber Orchestra often provide concerts at the Rainey Fine Arts Center.

WKU offers a 4-year BA degree in art with a graphic design concentration. The art department is housed in the Rainey Fine Arts Center, with large, well-equipped studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography, plus two graphic design computer labs. The graphic design concentration blends disciplined training, creative expression, and professional exploration to students the ability to use visual and verbal forms of graphic design to convey ideas and information. A professional internship is required of all students to prepare students for entry into the design industry. The program requires foundational coursework in the student's freshman year, offering preparation for work at the upper levels in art and design. Freshmen students also study industry standard software used in both print and Web design. Students then progress into study of graphic design, typography, print and Web production, and Web design, culminating in a Senior Seminar in Graphic Design and the required internship. Additional coursework is available in fields varying from interior design to photography.

Anderson offers many scholarship opportunities based on merit, academic achievement, religious affiliation, and even financial need. Available scholarships include the Baptist Scholarship, the Legacy Scholarship, Honors Program Scholarships, and scholarships based upon the student's chosen college of study. Consideration for many of these scholarships is based upon the entering student's original admissions application. Others require separate applications, with additional information regarding required action for consideration available on the university Web site.

Anderson is ranked one of the best universities in the South by both U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. In addition to this high academic ranking, Anderson is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 35 universities in the South whose graduates accumulate the least amount of educational debt. Anderson offers students many support services, including career services, a counseling center, and a student health center. Student activities include clubs and organizations, student government, leadership training, movies, dances, concerts, and even a Miss Anderson University Pageant. Intramural sports programs are also available, with teams in flag football, ultimate Frisbee, ping pong, and even dodge ball.

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