Chester College of New England

School Summary
40 Chester St
Chester, NH 03036-4331
(603) 887-4401
Degree Type:
Bachelor's degree
Campus Setting:
Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing:
School Title:
Chester College of New England · Fine Arts · Graphic Design · Photography · Creative Writing · Professional Writing · Interdisciplinary Arts · Chester, New Hampshire
School Description:
This New England visual and language arts school offers Bachelor's degrees in Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Graphic Design, Photography and Media Arts, Fine Art, and Interdisciplinary Arts. Chester College is a small, close-knit community for promising artists, photographers, designers, and writers to develop and refine their talents, located one hour from Boston in rural Chester, New Hampshire.

About Chester College of New England

Chester, New Hampshire provides a great natural setting for the creative student, yet Chester College of New England is close to the cities of Manchester, Portsmouth and Boston. Students frequently travel to these cities to work, to fulfill internship opportunities, and to visit galleries, museums, and a diverse assortment of entertainment venues. Despite the access to metro areas, Chester College provides a low 12:1 student - to - faculty ratio that insures individual mentoring and attention.

Students who are interested in design and the arts will find a proficient fine arts and photography, design and media arts programs at this school. Fine arts majors begin studies by selecting from a range of introductory-level courses that allow for a breadth of explorations and that provide a solid foundation in the formal elements and principles of design. This four-year degree provides time for the student to translate thoughts, perceptions, feelings, observations, and curiosity into their art, and to develop a style that incorporates abstract components and that translates ideas to a visual medium.

The undergraduate degree in photography and media arts steeps students in the art, history, technology, and professional applications of this medium. Graduates from this bachelor's degree program are prepared to become photographic and media artists. The student can choose a commercial or artistic application or combine these skills for a profession upon graduation. Currently, photography and media art majors have an option of selecting a concentration in either photography or video.

Graphic design majors learn core principles behind effective communications. Students are exposed to a variety of printing and computer-related tasks that combine conceptual thinking with visual skills. Majors within this concentration study the history of design, composition, and the integration of photography, imagery, typography, and other media into their work. All students within this department learn photography, design, video, and digital art skills, capped in the senior year by a project that culminates in a portfolio. Interested students may apply for a career-directed internship as well.

Although Chester College has accepted Federal and state funded tuitions through scholarships, loans, and work-study programs in the past, this financial support has been enhanced by this school's first ever need-based scholarship program. Incoming freshmen who demonstrate need through the FAFSA will be eligible for a scholarship through this college. Academic merit also is recognized.

Chester College of New England is approved to award the Bachelor of Arts degree by the Postsecondary Education Commission of the State of New Hampshire. Chester College of New England also is accredited to award the Bachelor of Arts degree by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

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