About Limestone College
Limestone College is a four-year private liberal arts college with more than 700 traditional students. 2,800 students are enrolled in the other ten Limestone locations. The main campus is located in Gaffney, South Carolina. Gaffney is a small town in northern South Carolina with a population around 13,000. Michael Gaffney established the city in 1803, when he built a store at the intersection of two Native American trails. That intersection is now U.S. 29 and S.C. 11. Gaffney is known for industries including, textiles, metal, and food processing, as well as its 36 different churches representing 13 different Christian denominations.
Limestone College was founded in 1845 and was the first women's college in South Carolina. Dr. Thomas Curtis and his son William Curtis founded the college with the intention of bringing education to those for whom it was not normally available. The college is non-denominational Christian and nine of its buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Limestone became a co-educational institution in the 1960s.
The art department at Limestone College offers a bachelor's degree in studio art with a concentration in graphic design. The purpose of the department is to prepare students for careers in art fields, to earn advanced art degrees, and to develop an understanding of aesthetics. Coursework includes painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, photography, woodworking, fiber arts, and lecture. For concentration in graphic design, computer labs with digital cameras, large scanners, color printers, PhotoShop, In Design, Pagemaker, and Quark are available. Art students also have a variety of internships to choose from in order to develop their professional skills.
Students may choose to major or minor in theater at Limestone. The theater department prepares students both for immediate work in a theater or for further graduate studies. Students in theater study acting, directing, playwriting, theater history, dramatic literature, criticism, and set, costume, and lighting design. Students also have the opportunity to participate in performances, both plays and musicals, at the 975-seat Fullerton Auditorium.
Limestone's financial aid office is dedicated to making education a reality for all students regardless of economic status. The college participates in many federal and state aid programs including Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Pell grants, work study, Perkins and Stafford loans, South Carolina Tuition Grants, Palmetto Fellows, and LIFE and HOPE scholarships. The art and theater departments have several scholarships for art students and theater students, respectively.
Limestone College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Individual programs at Limestone are accredited by appropriate organizations.