Christopher Newport University - Newport News, VA | Virginia Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Christopher Newport University

School Summary
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 594-7000
Degree Type:
Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Campus Setting:
City: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport University is located in Newport News, Virginia, where students can steep themselves in history, art, and Atlantic Ocean living while attending school. This peninsula city has a strong military and ocean-going past, yet it also offers a broad range of cultural, outdoor, and nightlife activities. The university's 260-acre campus contains state-of-the-art buildings - including new library, residence halls, apartments and an arts center.

Students interested in a design career can find certificate programs in data communications, digital design, and object-oriented design and programming. For those who want to proceed into a higher degree, the Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) degree consists of courses chosen from the fields of business, computer science, economics, mathematics, and psychology. Special emphasis is placed on systems analysis and design.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts includes a thorough liberal arts background while offering the fundamentals required in studio art and art history. Participation in the studio arts component requires an interactive gallery critique. Students concentrating in studio art must submit an annual portfolio of work and exhibit in the Senior Art Exhibition. Art history graduate degrees include the M.A. and the Ph.D. with specific areas of study within all chronological periods from prehistory to contemporary art, and all geographic areas including Africa and Asia. Students throughout the fine arts department often participate in travel abroad programs.

CNU is located between two of the country's best museums - the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond. The art department is housed in the new Ferguson Center for the Arts designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. This center has become is a cultural magnet for world-class performing artists and is the home of the Department of Fine Art and Art History's Falk Gallery and Student Gallery offering teachers, students, and the Hampton Roads community a variety of exhibitions from student and regional artists to traveling exhibitions. The intimate Student Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of work by ArtCNU students.

Both studio art and art history majors can apply for scholarships supplied by Christopher Newport College based upon merit and achievement within the art department. Other financial awards are based upon need, merit, athletics and more. With an average class size of 24 students, CNU has much smaller classes than most state universities. More than 90 percent of classes are seminars, and no classes are taught by graduate teaching assistants. Founded in 1960 as a two-year branch of the College of William and Mary, CNU is the youngest comprehensive university in the Commonwealth today.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,