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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN DR. JOHN TURPIN is a professor of interior design and Dean of the School of Art and Design. He teaches the history of architecture and interiors and is actively involved in research. His research addresses the intersection of social values and material culture as it relates to the design of the built environment in late 19th and 20th century America. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Interior Design, the premiere scholarly publication for the discipline. In 2011, he was named one of the top design educators by DesignIntelligence magazine. He was also appointed to an advisory board of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to provide guidance on the interior design curriculum for public schools. In this role, he will review the state’s interior design curriculum, evaluating course requirements and content to better prepare high school students for college-level programs.

HPU is the only private college in North Carolina and one of only a handful elsewhere to offer students the opportunity to study in programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Thank you for considering High Point University. We are so proud to note that High Point University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. This accreditation covers all art and design degrees offered in the School of Art and Design and reflects our dedication to a quality education. Many agree that our global community is embracing the unique problem-solving skills that have been the hallmark of the creative process, making a degree in art and design far more valuable than ever before. In the School of Art and Design, we provide a stimulating and inclusive environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and the intellectual and creative development of both students and faculty. We value the role of the artist and designer as an individual who can facilitate social and cultural change at a local and global level. The faculty at HPU are here to help you find your voice. For those that wish to cultivate and advance their creative and critical skills, we invite you to join one of our outstanding programs: design studies with a graphic design concentration, fashion merchandising, interior design, studio art and visual merchandising design. We also have a wide variety of minors to supplement studies in other disciplines: art history, fashion merchandising, furnishings and product marketing, graphic design, museum studies, photography, studio art and visual merchandising design.

Dr. John Turpin, FIDEC Dean, School of Art and Design jturpin@highpoint.edu

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RESOURCES AND FACILITIES The City of High Point is home to the largest International Home Furnishings Market in the world, held twice annually. Each market attracts more than 75,000 visitors and 2,400 firms to High Point, N.C. to exhibit home furnishings products in showrooms that comprise nearly 10 million square feet of display space. Approximately 50 percent of the wood and 35 percent of the upholstered household furniture in the U.S. are sold by companies within easy driving distance of High Point. Our ideal location gives students prime opportunities to see the furniture industry in action through site visits, and connections for unparalleled chances to get hands-on experience through internships. Students receive invaluable learning experiences through guest speakers who offer timely industry updates about their areas of expertise and numerous part-time opportunities to work at the Furniture Market.

STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY Students studying in our School of Art and Design have access to cutting-edge equipment, including a technology lab equipped with a laser cutter, CNC router and 3D printer that give students the ability to produce to-scale models of furnishings or products at a degree of detail tempered only by their imagination. They also have access to several ComputerAssisted Design labs, including a 20+ station Mac lab with Cintiq interactive pen displays, that introduce our students to programs like Sketch-Up, CAD, Revit and the Adobe Suite.

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DR. JANE NICHOLS

HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN emphasizes the importance of hands-on skills combined with technological proficiency in profession-specific software. One-on-one interaction with faculty allows students to develop as individuals and express their unique creativity and problem-solving skills. HPU’s rigorous and creative academic environment prepares students to excel in professional practice during and after graduation.

FACULTY AND STAFF DR. JANE NICHOLS brings more than 20 years experience into the classroom. A gerontologist, she continues to research and design commercial interiors for healthcare, aging and hospitality environments. Nichols is a green designer, author and educator for sustainable design. PROFESSOR CARRIE DYER PROFESSOR CARRIE DYER is an award-winning graphic designer who maintains her own practice, Cloudwhale, a creative design studio focused on socially responsible design. Dyer’s work intersects the territories between traditional design and fine art practice. She was recently selected for the Creative Quarterly: 100 Best book and an international selection of the top 25 graphic designers.

PROFESSOR MARK E. BROWN

DR. VICTORIA BROWN

PROFESSOR MARK E. BROWN teaches courses in all areas of three-dimensional and contemporary art history. Brown’s award-winning sculptural works engage a nontraditional materiality to form personal and often whimsical commentaries. His works have been exhibited internationally (France, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Hungary, Finland, Spain) and he has been featured in well over 300 exhibits in the United States. DR. VICTORIA BROWN teaches classes in branding, licensing and ownership, merchandise planning and control, as well as a visual merchandising studio course. She has taught previously in fashion-related fields and has worked as a visual merchandiser for a bridal retailer and a department store. With her expertise in consumer behavior, she is interested in studying the “why” and “how” of what people buy. PROFESSOR SCOTT RAYNOR is the chair of the art and graphic design department. Raynor’s work explores the relationship of color and lyrical forms that exist in complex spatial arrangements. He shows his artwork internationally and has recently exhibited at the Sunny Arts Center in London, where he was a finalist for the top prize.

PROFESSOR SCOTT RAYNOR

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STUDIO ART

Program overview The studio art major allows students to unleash their creativity. Students take a wide range of studio classes with practicing artists and designers to hone their skills. Classes range from sculpture, painting, ceramics and digital art to darkroom and digital photography. Projects are based on the concept of creative problem-solving where students are given challenging projects to complete within each class. The faculty focus on a one-on-one approach to develop each student’s artistic and expressive abilities.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Our art program is committed to developing students’ conceptual skills and technical knowledge in art through a solid foundation focusing on creative and critical analysis of practical, historical and theoretical knowledge crucial to the understanding of art. The studio art degree emphasizes an observationbased approach with an exposure to a broad range of art media — from foundation-level drawing and design to more advanced courses that examine aesthetics, history, criticism and studio practice. Students also have a myriad of opportunities to show their work in the three student galleries on campus, including: n

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 he Sechrest Gallery, with its renowned permanent collection T of 18th through 21st century American and European Art, as well as rotating exhibitions of various contemporary artists. The Deal Student Gallery with its rotating artists and exhibitions of student art. The Norton Gallery with its focus on student process work and final projects.

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DESIGN STUDIES WITH A CONCENTRATION IN

GRAPHIC DESIGN Program overview

Students who major in design studies with a concentration in graphic design take an array of courses to develop both hand and digital skills. These courses focus on artistic development, emphasizing the conceptual understanding needed to produce thoughtful, engaging and professional work. Students within this major challenge notions concerning the making, exhibiting and viewing of art and graphic design. In the spirit of the liberal arts tradition, this program encourages students to supplement their degree with a minor or even another major in order to create a trajectory that meets their individual professional goals.

A FOCUSED CURRICULUM The courses in the graphic design curriculum educate and inform students that design is a thinking process and that a designer has a wide array of tools at their disposal to facilitate their ideas. The department has numerous art studios, exhibition spaces and labs including: n n n n n

 Cintiq digital drawing and design lab A A 16-seat drafting and design studio Two Mac labs with large format printers Fully equipped darkroom for photography Fully equipped 2D and 3D studios

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Graphic design students have a wealth of opportunities available to them each semester in which they can participate and practice their craft. The Sechrest Gallery and the Deal Student Gallery maintain rotating exhibitions that highlight student, professional and historically significant works of art. Tobias FrereJones, Art Chantry and Aaron Draplin visited graphic design classes and discussed their unique views of the profession and its many opportunities. Students can also accompany faculty in a variety of study abroad opportunities, as well as seek out opportunities to go abroad for an entire semester at one of our partner institutions.

TEACHING IN COLOR The program combines traditional and digital technologies to prepare students for an exciting and ever-changing world of design. Visiting artists are welcomed to campus each year to provide a variety of experiences and perspectives. Students also have the opportunity to visit with world reknown designers like Paula Scher and Milton Glaser during the annual trip to NYC.

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INTERIOR DESIGN

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES HPU interior design majors have the unique opportunity to graduate not only with a fouryear degree, but also with a concentration certificate from the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy. Students have the option to travel abroad in their junior spring semester to study in the geographic heart of design — Italy. Students are immersed in Florentine culture, and instructed by professors native to Florence. Students can earn certificates in: n n n

Exhibit Design Sustainable Furniture Design Visual Communication for Fashion

A FOCUSED CURRICULUM The interior design program is challenging, rigorous and rewarding. Students graduating from the program are wellversed in a wide vocabulary of design concepts and have the problem-solving skills to apply that knowledge in the field. Many students have gone on to work for some of the biggest names in the interior design and furniture fields, ranging from Interior Architects (IA) to Mind’s Eye Architects. The interior design program creates opportunities for students to be exposed to other designers and artists. Designers Libby Langdon, Gary Inman and Cynthia Leibrock, among others, come into HPU’s classrooms to share their first-hand knowledge and offer insight to students for their future careers. Opportunities proliferate beyond the International Home Furnishings Market and HPU’s campus. Students are able to study interior design with partner universities in Florence to provide a global edge to this extraordinary degree. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Vast opportunities exist for our students to enjoy challenging learning experiences that will last a lifetime, including participation in internships, interacting with professionals through speaking events and working on competitive projects with other students. Interior design graduates are prepared to enter the job market after graduation, because regardless of which major they choose, they are exposed to a variety of courses and experiences that will enhance their overall marketability to employers. As a result, they have flexibility in the workplace and are perfect candidates for promotions and lateral moves.

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VISUAL MERCHANDISING DESIGN Program overview The visual merchandising design major prepares graduates to apply their passion for design to the business of visually attracting and motivating consumers to buy products in fashion and furnishings. The visual merchandiser develops store and fixture designs, window displays, creates eye-catching vignettes and artistically conveys a targeted message to the consumer. Visual merchandising design is a profession practiced in retail stores, design showrooms and other emerging venues.

A FOCUSED CURRICULUM The visual merchandising design major at High Point University was developed in response to a reported industry need for graduates who are left- and right-brain thinkers, who can be both business-savvy and highly creative and who know how to apply the power of design to stimulate a consumer response. The core curriculum challenges and inspires students, and includes: n n n n n n n n n

 Design Communication I: Visual Ideation  Studio I: Interior Form and Space  Materials and Textiles  Furnishing/Product Merchandising  Consumer Behavior  Visual Merchandising Studio I and II  Merchandising Planning Control  Lighting, Staging and Exhibit Design  Marketing Communications

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Because of our location, HPU is in the unique position to offer many experiential opportunities to our students. Located in one of the largest metropolitan areas in North Carolina, HPU has direct ties with the community and many businesses in the surrounding area. Students also have the chance to participate in activities associated with the International Home Furnishings Market, the premier furniture and design exhibition in the world, which is held twice annually during the fall and spring semesters. Many top industry professionals speak to HPU students at program-sponsored events regarding marketplace trends and workplace expectations, giving our students unique access to some of the best minds in the field. Board members and other industry experts also serve as guest speakers in the classroom.

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FASHION MERCHANDISING

Program overview The fashion merchandising major within HPU’s School of Art & Design provides a blend of cross-disciplinary courses in order to provide students with both creative and analytical skill sets to prepare them for entry-level positions in the fashion retail sector. This may include jobs in retail management, merchandising and buying. Careers in fashion merchandising often include merchandise allocation and planning, international sourcing, and branding and marketing within the fashion industry. The major offers experiential opportunities, lucrative internships and handson learning experiences that will engage students, facilitate learning and deliver a comprehensive foundation of knowledge about the fashion industry.

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AVA ANDERSON, CLASS OF 2020 As a fashion intern at Good Morning America in New York City, Anderson worked with the fashion experts and stylists for Robin Roberts and DiAndre Tristan. She assisted with styling clients, buying trips and experiencing their everyday professional routine. Through her internship, Anderson gained more experience and understanding of the fashion industry in New York City.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Students in the fashion merchandising major engage in several out-of-classroom experiences that supplement the knowledge gained in major courses. Some of these experiential opportunities include working at the bi-annual International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C. within merchandising or sales positions; visiting or working at the Showtime Semi-Annual Fabric Market, which is produced by and for the members of the International Textile Alliance (ITA) also in High Point. Students can earn Certificates from Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Visual Communication for Fashion or Fashion Design. Students may also participate in trips to New York City to visit industry professionals and gain valuable real-world information about the fashion and retailing industries. HPU students are also required to complete an internship at a fashion company during their studies, which ensures that they have gained the skills necessary to succeed in this highly-competitive and lucrative field.

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INTERNSHIPS AND OUTCOMES EMILY JUDSON, Class of 2018, is attending the University of Leicester in England, where she will earn her Master of Art Museum and Gallery Studies.

MIRIAM WEBSTER, Class of 2017, joined RDM Architecture as an interior designer. She works on healthcare, hospitality and other commercial projects. Her responsibilities include developing construction documents, planning layouts and selecting furniture, finishes, building materials and equipment. Webster coordinates interior design work with architects, engineers and contractors.

MADDIE TRAVELL, Class of 2018, works as a visual merchandiser for Nordstrom in Pentagon City, Virginia.

MICHAELA MUCHA, Class of 2018, worked as a graphic design professional intern at The Walt Disney World Company in Orlando, Florida. Mucha designs materials for food and beverage locations within Walt Disney World Resort’s multiple dining locations in Orlando. Today, she is a Graphic Design Undergraduate Associate at Disney within their Global Security Strategy & Awareness offices in Burbank, Calif.

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