Areas of Study
Comprehensive Art Emphasis
The Bachelor of Arts with an Emphasis in Comprehensive Art provides students with the unique opportunity of developing their career potential as creative artists and communicators within the dynamic environment of a Historically Black University. The diverse curriculum integrates traditional courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics with African and African-American art history and museum exhibition and curatorship. Art by students is can be featured in exhibits and competitions including The Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Phoebus Gallery, Blue Skies Gallery, Peninsula Center for the Fine Arts, the Armstrong/Slater Gallery and many other locales. Students are prepared for careers in teaching, art therapy, fashion, corporate communication, museums as well as positioned for graduate study at schools ranging from Howard and Cornell Unversities to Parsons School of Art and Savannah College of Art & Design.
Graphic Design Emphasis
The Bachelor of Arts with an Emphasis in Graphic Design provides students with the unique opportunity of developing their career potential as visual artists and communicators within the dynamic environment of a Historically Black University. The diverse curriculum integrates traditional courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history with state-of-the-industry instruction in digital 2-D and 3-D design. Hands-on training in Adobe™ InDesign, Adobe™ Photosop and Adobe™ Illustrator and Flash are coupled with challenging assignment work such as advertisements, corporate identity and public service pieces, as well as web pages calendars. Graduates go on to secure jobs with ad agencies, government agencies including the Department of State and the CIA, and corporations ranging in diversity from Booze Allen Hamilton to Trader Publications to Walt Disney Imagineering.
Theatre Performance Emphasis & Theatre Technical Emphasis
The eight-semester (4 years) curriculum of the area of Theatre Arts leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in either Performance or Technical Theatre. The area of Theatre Arts exists to provide the best available preparation for those students who wish to pursue the craft of theatre. Enrollment in the Theatre Arts area is designed to give students experience and training in theatre management, production, and organization. Those students with interests and abilities in acting, directing, designing, construction, management and playwriting will find opportunities for expression and growth. The Theatre program offers students an opportunity for extensive and individualized instruction. Students obtain personalized instruction on state-of-the-art equipment.In the department's production organization, the Hampton Players and Company, students gain experience in every aspect of theatre, from box office operations to set construction. The faculty and students in the theatre program hold memberships in, and attend meetings at the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the National Association for Dramatics and Speech Arts, the Virginia Theatre Association, the American Theatre in Higher Education, and the United States Institute for Technical Theatre.