School of Fine and Applied Arts

Welcome to the School of Fine and Applied Arts

Chowan University’s School of Fine and Applied Arts offers excellent degree programs in Communication Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, and Theater. With top-notch faculty, rich curricular offerings, career fairs, and internships, transitioning into graduate studies or employment opportunities are the natural goals  of the educational plan at Chowan.

The Department of Communication Arts includes programs of study which lead to a Minor in Drama, a B.A. or B.S. in Studio Arts, a Pre- Art Therapy Track within the Studio Arts curriculum, a B.S in Graphic Design, a B.S. in Graphic Communications with concentrations in Graphic Design or Business Management, Minors in Graphic Design and Studio Art and an Associate degree in Printing Production and Imaging Technology. Interactive Design, Print Technology, and Packaging Design are heavily embedded within the Graphic Communications program.

Chowan University's Department of Interdisciplinary Studies is uniquely designed to allow students the freedom to establish a specialized major that is directly devoted to a student's individual interests and needs when the interests, plans, or abilities overlap multiple academic departments.

Instruction in music theory, performance, music history, ensembles, keyboard, music technology and music education are educational programs that lead to the degrees of a  B.A. in  Music , B.S. in (K-12) Music Education, a B.A. in Music, Music Industry Emphasis or a Music Minor. The University is an accredited member of NASM. Additionally, the Music Education curriculum is accredited by NCATE and approved by NCDPI.  


Green Hall Gallery

Photographer Sam Hughes exhibition "State of the Child" and "Happenstance Part Two."​

n the main gallery, “State of the Child” provides potent imagery that sheds light on the burdens that society places on children, raising questions about how this affects their abilities to express themselves.  In the gallery annex, “Happenstance Part Two” focuses on Sam’s investigation into technical ‘accidents’ created during the photographic process. These anomalies aesthetically merge with arcane, quirky, and abstract subject

November 10th through December 8th.   The opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 10th  from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. 

Past Exhibits

Leeta Harding, The Past and Future Merge: Portraits of Young Women from Rural North Carolina. Harding’s photographic work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe; a cover photographer and interviewer for Index Magazine from 1997-2006, she’s also contributed to Harper’s Bazaar, Vice Magazine, and New York Magazine. “We all have stories to tell,” Harding says. “I want people to identify with my photographs in a way that’s personal. The women I photograph let me into their lives, so I’m letting the viewer into the stories we create.”

Paperworks  It takes a special curiosity to wonder how something was made. Paper is not something that stays at the forefront of most ponderings, but Chowan University’s Dr. Mitch Henke, Associate Professor of Graphic Communications, creates imaginative paper that is sure to interest all who see it. From a variety of unlikely materials like cotton, lottery tickets, and wasp nests, Henke collaborated with Jacob Muldowney, Assistant Professor of Art, and Jennifer Newhouse, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, to present a new art exhibition at Chowan University entitled “Paper Works”.

Department of Music Events

Sunday, April 20, 7:30 PM
Chowan Winds and Jazz Concert: “One to Many”
Turner Auditorium
Free admission

Sunday, April 23, 3:30 PM
Spring Choral Concert: “An Easter Celebration” 
Murfreesboro Baptist Church 
Free admission

Thursday, April 27, 4:00 PM
Senior Recital: Goluia Johnson, soprano 
Briley Recital Hall 
Free admission

Sunday, April 30, 3:30 PM
Senior Recital: Terrence Taylor, bass 
Murfreesboro Baptist Church
Free admission


Dean and Chairs

Tom Brennan, MEd
Chair, Department of Communication Arts
Mary Hellmann, DMA
Chair, Department of Music
John Pond, MDiv
Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Christina Rupsch, MFA
Dean, School of Fine and Applied Arts