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 concentrating on Graphic Design or Business Management
Graphic Design, BS 
Studio Art, BA
Studio Art, BS
Studio Art, Pre-Art Therapy Track, BS

Graphic Design 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

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.

Facilities

The William A. Krueger School of Graphic Communications at Chowan University 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. 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.

Graphics Summer Camp

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

Faculty

Tom Brennan, MEd
Chair, Associate Professor of Graphic Communications, Knight Professorship of Printing Technology
Robbin Buller, MFA
Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Green Hall Art Gallery
Jennifer Groves Newton, MS
Assistant Professor of Graphic Communications
Steve Harders
Professor of Communication & Drama
Mitch Henke
Associate Professor of Graphic Communications
Jacob Muldowney
Assistant Professor of Art
Christina Rupsch, MFA
Professor of Art, Dean, School or Fine and Applied Arts
Chris Stagl, MFA
Associate Professor of Graphic Design
Michelle Surerus, PhD
Professor of Graphic Communications