David R. Hayworth School of Arts and Design | High Point University

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN DR. JOHN TURPIN is a professor of interior design and Dean of the School of Arts 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 past 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. He is Fellow of the Interior Design Educators Council and currently working on a six volume project entitled the Cultural History of Interiors.

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

Thank you for considering High Point University. Housing all the visual and performing arts, the David R. Hayworth School of Arts and Design welcomes those who wish to foster their creativity into meaningful careers in the creative arts industries. We offer programs in studio art, graphic design, fashion merchandising, interior design, music, theater and dance. Whether you want to be the maker or the performer or anything in between, our community of dedicated faculty and staff mentors are here to support your journey. Students who major in the arts and design reap the benefits of a process that is steeped in experimentation and defined by a constant loop of reflection, action and assessment making our graduates nimble and adaptable. They can see conceptual connections in multifaceted complex problems that others do not. They are adept at receiving feedback, discerning its value and applying it as appropriate. It is no surprise that an arts degree naturally develops graduates that are highly sought after. All these traits have served our students well as they garnered internships and professional careers at companies like Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Cirque du Soleil, Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, LaForce + Stevens, Zimmerman Advertising, Anthropologie, Marriott International, Lillian August, Bluman Group, Gensler, IA, Stroh Creative and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Many are working professionally as actors, theatre technicians, performers and designers in motion picture, television, radio and national touring companies. I know you have a choice on where you seek educational opportunities, so I thank you for your interest in our arts and design programs. Consider visiting our beautiful campus and meeting with your admissions counselor or with a member of our friendly faculty to see for yourself how we prepare students with life skills in addition to professional artistic knowledge.

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





























EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AT ITS BEST The arts have been the model for experiential learning for centuries. The act of performing and creating is the foundation of our disciplines. At HPU, this happens in the classroom and beyond. For example, as part of a global experience course, music students traveled across Italy, performing at some of the country’s most renowned cathedrals and basilicas, including St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, while theater students engage in workshops at the Globe Theater in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Interior design and fashion merchandising students have the opportunity to study in Florence for a full semester to complete certificates tailored specifically for High Point University, and our photography students can travel to Paris to walk in the footsteps of Eugene Atget, a pioneer in documentary photography. Meanwhile, our graphic design students have had the honor of meeting with Milton Glaser and Paula Scher of Pentagram during their travels to New York City.



The City of High Point is home to the International Home Furnishings Market, held twice annually. Each market attracts more than 75,000 visitors and 2,400 firms to High Point, North Carolina, to exhibit home furnishings products in showrooms that comprise nearly 10 million square feet of display space. Approximately 50% of the wood and 35% 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.


Darrell E. Sechrest Art Gallery The High Point University Darrell E. Sechrest Art Gallery is primarily an educational gallery that provides the High Point University and the greater High Point communities with rotating exhibitions in a range of media. These exhibitions will offer opportunities to interact with exhibiting artists and hear them speak about their work. Exhibitions will involve solo displays from artists currently active in their fields as well as group shows and works from a variety of collections including the University’s Permanent Collection that have a more historic purpose. All exhibitions, gallery talks and openings are publicized locally and regionally and open to the public.

Creative Arts Fellows Program PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The Creative Arts Fellows Program provides students a four-year, experiential, team-based scholastic experience with like-minded students. Working with a dedicated director of the program, students are provided personal mentoring, networking travel and opportunities to learn about careers in the ever-changing arts world from scholars and practitioners. The programming is threefold, focusing on community building (personal and professional), experiential learning and leadership development—culminating in a well-rounded graduate who can differentiate him/herself in the public sphere. Students in the Creative Arts Fellows Program have unique opportunities to: • Complete classes as a cohort • Engage with faculty mentors • Have priority access to guests artists • Receive travel opportunities within the United States to unique cultural centers • Participate in closed master classes within their discipline • Develop exhibition or performances with one-on-one faculty mentorship • Have a VIP behind-the-scenes experience at Disneyland • Serve as an upper-class mentor for first and second year fellowship students

WHO SHOULD APPLY? Successful applicants to the Creative Arts Fellows program will have a declared major in art, dance, fashion merchandising, graphic design, interior design, music or theater and have a track record of interest in studying the arts. Previous exhibitions, performances and a robust portfolio will be an advantage for applicants. The program is highly selective and is limited to the top 25 incoming students in applicable majors in each entering class.


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 health care, aging and hospitality environments. Nichols is a green designer, author and educator for sustainable design.

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 teaches courses in ceramics, sculpture, 3D design 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. BRIAN MEIXNER conducts the HPU Community Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and teaches chamber music and studio low brass. He is the founder, executive director and conductor of the North Carolina Brass Band, a professional ensemble comprised of many of the finest brass players and percussionists in North Carolina.

PROFESSOR JAY PUTNAM teaches acting and directing courses and directs many of our stage productions. He collaborated with playwright John Cariani on the World Premiere production of Love/Sick, which debuted at HPU.


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 The Department offers two degrees focused on fine arts. The BFA, concentration in Studio Art, is a professional degree and recommended for those seeking careers in the field of graphic design, while the BA in Studio Art exposes students to essential core courses but offers flexibility to those students seeking to combine a minor or other major to help them reach their individual career goals. The studio art degree emphasizes an observation-based 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 The Sechrest Gallery, with its renowned permanent collection of 18th through 21st century American and European Art, as well as rotating exhibitions of various contemporary artists. n The Deal Student Gallery with its rotating artists and exhibitions of student art. n The Norton Gallery with its focus on student process work and final projects.


GRAPHIC DESIGN Program overview The Department offers two degrees focused on graphic design. The BFA, concentration in Graphic Design, is a professional degree and recommended for those seeking careers in the field of graphic design, while the BA in Design Studies, concentration in Graphic Design, exposes students to essential core courses but offers flexibility to those students seeking to combine a minor or other major to help them reach their individual career 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 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-reknowned designers during the annual trip to NYC.



Program overview The fashion merchandising major within HPU’s School of Arts & 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, valuable internships and hands-on learning experiences that will engage students, facilitate learning and deliver a comprehensive foundation of knowledge about the fashion industry.

Internships & Outcomes n n n n n

Calvin Klein Diane von Furstenberg Kate Spade Nordstrom Oscar de la Renta

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Restoration Hardware Shinola Detroit Tory Burch Victoria’s Secret

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, North Carolina, 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 dynamic field.



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 well-versed 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 Gensler. The interior design program creates opportunities for students to be exposed to other designers and artists. Designers Libby Langdon, Barclay Butera and Cynthia Leibrock, among others, come into HPU’s classrooms to share their firsthand 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.



Program overview The music curriculum offered at High Point University is unique, innovative and reflective of the highest standards in collegiate music instruction. By utilizing an integrative learning style, our curriculum gives students a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the art of music making in the 21st century. We have been a distinguished AllSteinway School award recipient since 2009. Some potential areas of secondary emphasis are music business, jazz studies, sacred music, musical theatre, opera, music technology and music education. Because students are given so much flexibility within the degree program, the possibilities for secondary areas are limitless.

Internships & Outcomes Music majors at High Point University receive practical training through performance, research, competition and internships. Here is a sample of what some of our graduates are doing now: • • • • • • •

Accepting call-backs for national tours Accepting positions as church musicians Participating in summer stock Performing with regional musical theaters Performing with touring professional groups Pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in music Teaching music in schools

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Outside the classroom, students can choose to participate in a variety of ensembles in the Piedmont Triad Area that prepare them for graduate school or provide them with relevant job experience. Area ensembles include two professional symphonies, a professional choir and numerous choral ensembles and church choirs. These experiences provide real-life opportunities for engaged learning, internships and future jobs in the field. In recent years, HPU music students have completed internships in a variety of settings, some of which have resulted in employment: • church organists • church pianists • civic and church choir directors • musical theater actors and singers • music therapists • operas • student teachers • voice section leaders



Program overview The Department of Theater and Dance at HPU is a family of creative, welcoming and supportive peers and mentors. Our small class sizes, active production work and faculty mentorship provide our students with deep and lasting personal and professional relationships. We bring in two to three guest artists each semester, such as acclaimed playwright Jessica Dickey, playwright and broadway actor John Cariani, and other actors from Broadway and film and television. We teach Stanislavsky’s acting principles, the Meisner Method of actor training, a period styles advanced acting class, a devised theater class and several specialized technique classes. Students also get many opportunities to expand on the technical skills gained in high school. We have a full costume shop where we build many of our costumes for productions. We never say no to students who have ideas on how to do things differently. We encourage them to try it and provide the resources and support to see it through.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS MAJOR? Evidence suggests that theater majors are more prepared to work in a variety of fields than many other undergraduate majors. The skills required in the discipline are the skills necessary to succeed in any career. Critical thinking, deadline management, time management, creative problem solving, collaboration, self-motivation, superior communication skills and working well with the public are some of extremely marketable skills gained from participating in our professionally modeled productions and classes over four years.

COURSE OFFERINGS • Developing an Artistic Career and Practice: A course designed to help graduates transition from university life to the real world. Audition and interview techniques, resume preparation, portfolio development, New York and Los Angeles survival techniques, how to make and stick to a budget and developing an artistic philosophy are some of the topics covered in the course. • Advanced Collaboration and Studios: Courses combine critical analysis and historical study with practical experiences in making performances.



Program overview The Department of Theatre and Dance at High Point University proudly offers a comprehensive Bachelor of Arts degree in dance, combining rigorous course work, practical performance and production experience. This degree provides students with the skills needed to prepare them for positions in the professional dance performance world, graduate study or related careers, in which creativity, communication skills and collaborative abilities are essential. UNIQUE COURSE OFFERINGS The required core of the dance major includes courses such as: • Ballet • Contemporary Dance • Dance Composition • Dance and New Media • Developing an Artistic Career and Practice • Fundamentals of Design and Theatre Architecture • Jazz In addition, students take an elective chosen from courses such as lighting and sound crafts, costume crafts and makeup crafts as well as technique electives in contemporary, ballet or jazz dance. WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS MAJOR? A student graduating with a B.A. degree in dance will be competitive in the dance market. Students who plan to

pursue a career in dance performance can dive deeply into a technique study in their four years at High Point University through class work, individual practice, individual instruction, performances, master classes and conference participation. Performance is not the only avenue for a dance graduate of High Point University. Students can choose to teach at dance studios, work in the administration of dance companies, advocate for dance arts or use their confidence, broad knowledge of the human condition, work ethic, collaboration and artistic practice at any job they seek. Combining dance with a minor or other areas of study will provide support for careers in areas such as: • Arts Management • Costume, Lighting • Dance Criticism • Dance Medicine • Dance Photography • Dance Studio Ownership • Dance Therapy



CYNTHIA BATTAGLIA, Class of 2021, is a junior interior designer with Raychel Wade Design in Manhattan.

EMMA RUSSELL, Class of 2021, is attending The New York Film Academy to pursue a Master’s in Acting for Film in Los Angeles, California.

NOAH SIGSWORTH, Class of 2021, is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at East Carolina University.

BRIDGET ANDERSON, Class of 2021, is an interior designer at the award-winning, full-service architecture firm, KA Design Works, in Denver, Colorado.



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