HPU Offers New Major In Graphic Design And Digital Imaging

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 15, 2009 – Students interested in pursuing a career in graphic design now have that option at High Point University thanks to the new graphic design major that was recently added to the ever-expanding academic lineup.
The Graphic Design and Digital Imaging degree program was approved in March 2009 and implemented at the beginning of the fall 2009 semester.
Scott Raynor, chair of the Department of Visual Arts, says he started the process of creating the new major by paying visits to other schools with graphic design programs.
“I wanted to see if we could conceptualize and create a degree that would emphasize graphic design and explore cutting-edge digital imaging methods,” Raynor says. “We also have had a steadily growing interest in graphic design from our students, as well as students visiting HPU from high schools.”
Students who major in Graphic Design and Digital Imaging will experience a cutting-edge approach to the field, including digital imaging. The major will include several courses covering the basics of visual mechanics and theory.
Graphic Design and Digital Imaging majors will also learn to draw and sketch from observation, which will help them when they are “blue sky thinking” and brainstorming design ideas.
“We try to teach our students that designing is a process,” says Raynor, who adds that students will ultimately move into the digital realm, where they will create print and Web-based images. They will also get a solid grounding in darkroom and digital photography.
Raynor is also excited about the addition of a second state-of-the-art digital lab that comes with the new Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce building.
“We will be the first university that I know of that will have a fully functioning Cintiq lab,” he says. “Our students will be using a new device that allows them to draw and design on a large interactive screen through the use of a special ‘digital pen.'”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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