David R. Hayworth School of Arts & Design

Welcome to the David R. Hayworth School of Arts and Design

Greeting from the Dean:

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. Accreditations include the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

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 multi-faceted complex problems that others do not. They are adept at receiving feedback, discerning its value, and applying 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, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Many are working professionally as actors, theatre technicians, performers, designers in motion picture, television, radio, and national touring companies.

Students have also continued their education in top graduate programs at Yale School of Drama, University of Michigan, Florida State University, University of Notre Dame, Savannah College of Art and Design, Ohio State University, The Mannes School of Music (NYC), University of Cincinnati, Parsons School of Design, New York Film Academy, University of East London, Boston University, Howard University, Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University, University of Louisville, University of Leicester, University of South Carolina, and New York University. For those wishing to supplement another major with a creative arts minor, we offer programs in art history, dance, fashion merchandising, graphic design, museum studies, music, musical theater, photography, studio art, and visual merchandising. Whether it is a major, minor, or even a single class, come celebrate your love of the arts with us!





John C. Turpin, Ph.D., FIDEC

Dean, David R. Hayworth School of Arts and Design


If you would like additional information or have questions about our program, please contact Martha Ashley at (336) 841-9514 or

 Mission Statement:

The mission of High Point University’s David R. Hayworth School of Arts and Design is to:

  1. create a stimulating and inclusive environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and the intellectual and creative development of faculty and students;
  2. prepare globally aware students for continued growth in a diverse range of fields by instilling professional values and fostering the ability to engage in critical inquiry through a variety of creative methods;
  3. cultivate an appreciation for artistic expression, understanding of visual literacy, and awareness of design in the university and surrounding communities.


Core Values:

The David R. Hayworth School of Arts and Design…

  • Values the role of the artist and designer as an individual who can facilitate social/cultural change at a local and global level.
  • Values the creative thought and expression of all people.
  • Values intellectual curiosity and the drive to independently pursue a question, thought or idea with passion and vigor.
  • Values collaborative working environments that inspire interdisciplinary exploration.
  • Values the centrality of experiential learning as a crucial component of the educational process.

David R Hayworth School of Arts & Design at HPU


The High Point Admissions Office is Located in Wrenn Hall.

Tours are available 7 days a week. Please contact us to schedule your visit.
(800) 345-6993
(336) 841-9216
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