Department of Communication Arts

Welcome to Communication Arts

Chowan University has consolidated the Department of Graphic Communications with the Department of Visual Art to form the Department of Communication Arts. With an eye to the future, Chowan is creating a setting where creativity and innovation will merge to produce a student that is aesthetically, theoretically, and technologically trained in graphic design, interactive design, print technology, packaging design, and/or studio art. By combining its technological resources and faculty expertise, the university will renew its efforts to develop students’ creative ideas, artistic ability, self-expression, and professional skills as they study video, digital design, print design, drawing, digital imaging, packaging, web design, photography, painting, ceramics, mixed media, etc., at the intersection of art and technology. Whether using “centuries-old methods or by pushing the boundaries of digital creativity,” the department will produce unique and confident graduates with the skills that contemporary print technology, design, and the arts demand.

The Department of Communication Arts offers students the following degrees: 

Graphic Communications, BS 
Graphic Design, BS 
Mass Communication, Communication Studies, BA

Mass Communication, Sports Media, BA
Studio Art, BA
Studio Art, BS
Studio Art, Pre-Art Therapy Track, BS

Graphic Design Minor
Graphic Communications Minor
Studio Art Minor
Associate in Printing Production and Imaging Technology

Chowan University also offers these minors within the Department of Communication Arts:

Drama Minor

Additionally, Chowan students learn to express themselves during the following classes offered by the Department of Communication Arts:

Drama (Theatre@Chowan) 
Communication (Public Speaking and Voice and Articulation)

As a Communication Arts major, you can connect your classroom knowledge with real world experience. Our internships provide students with opportunities to gain practical experience in professional settings. The Chowan University VISION Club and Artisus Club offer students additional educational, service, and fellowship opportunities.


Theatre @ Chowan provides opportunities for artistic and creative expression as well as intellectual exploration. It allows students to discover their unique talents and foster their innate creative abilities.


The William A. Krueger School of Graphic Communications at Chowan University, housed in the Horner Graphic Communications Center, is a 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that offers curriculum in both print and digital media from graphic design to finishing. This facility includes two fully equipped Mac labs as well as numerous student labs (screenprinting, flexography, offset printing, digital printing, packaging and structural design, photography, etc.). Our award-winning faculty and students have established the Krueger School as a perennial awarding-winning leader in the printing and packaging industry. The School of Graphic Communications offers students a well-rounded and comprehensive educational experience in the graphic communications, packaging, and imaging industries.

The facilities in Green Hall include a fully equipped Mac Lab for art students featuring Adobe Creative Suite software, spacious classrooms for 2D studio work, like drawing, painting and printmaking studios with equipment for those disciplines, ceramics studio with throwing wheels, a kiln, and other work spaces, two art galleries which feature exhibitions by students and professional artists and a wood shop to create frames for artwork for Studio Art students concentrating in painting, ceramics, or printmaking, and the pre-art therapy track. Art-related fields such as graphic design or graduate studies can be pursued by graduates. The department supports the campus community by contributing to cultural awareness through providing exposure to visual art.

Graphic Communications + Summer Camp

To learn more about our Graphic Communications page, click here.

We provide a hands-on summer camp experience to high school students interested in exploring the field of Graphic Communications. Completed applications can be faxed to (252) 398-1237 or mailed to:

Graphic Communications
Chowan University
One University Place
Murfreesboro, NC 27855


Robbin Buller, MFA
Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Green Hall Art Gallery
Jason Fowler, MFA
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Jennifer Groves Newton, MS
Assistant Professor of Graphic Communications
Steve Harders, MFA
Professor of Communication & Drama
Mitch Henke, PhD
Associate Professor of Graphic Communications
Michelle Surerus, PhD
Professor of Graphic Communications
Samuel Miller, PhD
Associate Professor of Mass Communication