High Point University

High Point, NC

High Point University

High Point, NC

David R. Hayworth School of Arts and Design

Students who major in the arts and design at High Point University 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 can yield creative solutions. 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!

Life skills
College is not just about developing skills for employment. It should be both intellectually rewarding and socially enjoyable. College should be a transformational experience involving developing intellectually, growing and maturing personally, challenging norms, and developing perspectives. Our mission, focus, and satisfaction are directly tied to the success of our students and alumni.

Your degree is not the thing that gets you a job
will get you a job. HPU is a life accelerator–compressing time and allowing you to amass a lifetime of experience in just four years. You begin your professional careers as soon as you arrive on campus. You graduate ready for the real world. And the real world wants you.


Best Regional Badge

Ranked the #1 “Best Regional College” in the South for 10 consecutive years | U.S. News & World Report

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Ranked the #1 “Most Innovative College” in the South for seven consecutive years | U.S. News & World Report

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Ranked #4 in The Best 388 Colleges for “Best Dorms” in the country | The Princeton Review, 2023

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Ranked #3 out of 1,456 institutions for having the “Best Dorms in America” | Niche, 2023

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “High Point University has exceeded every expectation. They raise the bar for the development of the individual, incorporating life skills from the very start. I encourage visiting HPU to see why it’s head and shoulders above the rest.”

  • “I’m a Biology major in the Honors College program at HPU. The curriculum is rigorous, and the professors are top-notch. The beautiful campus and amazing food are just an added bonus!”

  • “High Point is focused on a well-rounded education. In my time at High Point, a lot of the focus was on the skills you can learn outside the classroom. All the professors I had cared a lot about my education and were very supportive.”

  • “I chose High Point University because the professors are top-notch and the environment is caring. Students have the chance to engage in undergraduate research in their freshman year. Overall, it’s a beautiful campus.”

  • “What I loved most about High Point University was the focus on students as individuals rather than numbers. It's a smaller university, which often means fewer opportunities—but at HPU, it meant more individual attention from professors who, in turn, shared research and career-oriented opportunities with their students.”