About Converse College
Converse College is a small liberal arts college for women and is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Spartanburg, with a population around 40,000 has the highest per capita college student population in South Carolina. Because of this and the six institutions in Spartanburg, the city has become known as "College Town." Spartanburg also has a large arts and culture community. The Chapman Cultural Center is a three-building complex on the north side of downtown. It houses several institutions including the Spartanburg Art Museum, the Ballet, the Music Foundation, and the Little Theater. The Showroom is a progressive arts center and is home to the Hub City Writers' Project, a gallery, theater, and concert venue and hosts an artist residency program.
Converse College began in 1890 when a group of men in Spartanburg gathered to create a woman's college. It was named after one of those men, Dexter Edgar Converse, who was concerned about his daughter's educational future.
Converse College's department of art and design offers a bachelor of fine arts degree program in interior design. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in the interior design industry and they're taught to create interiors that are innovative, functional, and what clients asked for. In coursework, students can learn historical preservation, restoration, reuse of facilities, safety issues, ergonomics, ADA codes, building codes, interior construction, and AutoCAD. Designing with the environment in mind is an important emphasis within the program. By graduation, students should be able to design interiors using creativity, practicality, and current technology.
The art and design department also offers both a bachelor of art and a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art. Coursework includes painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, ceramics, graphic design, and sculpture. The faculty emphasizes creativity, artistic skills, and professionalism. The BA is only 43 credits and allows for students to choose another major. Students can also participate in internships with galleries or in retail or advertising. The BFA aims to prepare students for graduate study or for a professional career in art. After a portfolio review, BFA students get a semi-private studio to work in. They must also participate in a gallery show in the senior year.
To be considered for financial aid, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This determines what type of aid students may be eligible for. South Carolina residents may also be eligible for the state's Lottery Tuition Assistance.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Converse College to award bachelor's and master's degrees. Individual programs at Converse are accredited by the appropriate institution.