University of South Carolina-Columbia
About University of South Carolina-Columbia
The University of South Carolina, Columbia is a four-year undergraduate and graduate institution. It is located in Columbia, the capital and largest city in South Carolina. Founded in 1786, Columbia was one of America's first planned cities. Columbia's historic downtown has recently been redeveloped and revamped. For entertainment and culture, the city offers the Town, Trustus, and Nickelodeon Theaters, which offer a variety of plays, musicals, and movies. The Columbia Marionette Theater is the only theater in the country devoted entirely to marionettes. Columbia is also home to an art museum, the Columbia City Ballet, and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. The Columbia Festival of the Arts, which began in the spring of 2007 will return in 2009. Other regular festivals include Main Street Jazz in the spring, the Riverfest Celebration, and Artista Vista, which showcases local artists.
The University of South Carolina at Columbia began modestly as one building in 1805 in the area now known as the Horseshoe. The Horseshoe is a semicircular arrangement of eleven buildings around a grassy lawn that make up the heart of the university's main campus. The university offers 350 degree programs to its nearly 40,000 enrolled graduate and undergraduate students.
The art department at USC Columbia offers a BA and an MA degree program in media arts. Students learn about film, video, photography, audio, and new media and choose to concentrate on one of those areas of study. Student work can be showcased during the annual Media Fest, sponsored by the art department.
Art students at USC Columbia have many opportunities to get involved in events and organizations beyond the classroom. Each year the art department holds an auction of art works created by faculty, and a student art exhibition, at which monetary prizes are awarded. The Medici Circle is an organization for art lovers and students. Members receive special gifts and advance notice of gallery openings, exhibitions, and speakers.
The financial aid office at USC Columbia is dedicated to assisting students with paying for college. All students must start by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to fill out the form as early as possible and to fill one out every year. Once the FAFSA is filled out, the office can help students determine the best options. Possibilities include Stafford and PLUS loans, state financial aid, private loans, scholarships and grants, and federal work-study.
The different departments and programs within the University of South Carolina are accredited by an appropriate organization. The art department programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.