University of South Carolina-Upstate
About University of South Carolina-Upstate
The University of South Carolina Upstate is a four-year institution and member of the University of South Carolina system 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.
USC Upstate began as a two-year college called Spartanburg Regional Campus in 1967 and with an enrollment of just 177. The school came about as a result of Spartanburg General Hospital discontinuing its nurses degree program. In 1975, the school became a four-year institution named University of South Carolina-Spartanburg. In 2004, Spartanburg was changed to Upstate to better reflect the school's mission to provide education to the entire upstate region of South Carolina.
Students can earn a bachelor's of fine arts degree in art studio with an emphasis in graphic design. The program aims to prepare students for careers in graphic design, advertising, retail, publishing, or for further graduate study and integrates design theory, production, history, criticism, and aesthetics. Instructors teach students to approach design problems using creativity, critical thinking, computer technology, and problem analysis. To get into the graphic design program, students must submit a portfolio for review. Students can take advantage of the art department's study abroad programs to Italy, Germany, and England and earn up to six credits.
The Club Art and Design at USC Upstate is a student organization for experiential learning. Students can take advantage of networking, workshops, community activities, and field trips. The club is overseen by a faculty advisor.
To be considered for financial aid, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This determines what type of aid students are eligible for. Types of aid may include federal and state grants, federal loans, private loans, and scholarships. 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 USC Upstate to award associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Individual programs at USC Upstate are accredited by the appropriate institution.