A Message From Interim Dean Robert Mertens

Welcome to the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. We offer a unique educational community that combines tradition and innovation in the arts and communication while maintaining a strong grounding in the academic values at the heart of a liberal education. We offer training in music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts, internships, competitive academic programs, pre-professional opportunities in journalism, advertising, and applied communication, and innovative interdisciplinary programs. Our college synthesizes the creative energy of the fine arts with the practical insights of the communication arts and sciences to offer opportunities for personal growth and professional development. We believe that engaged artists are powerful communicators, and active communicators are exceptional artists. Bringing the two together results in an empowering and transformative college experience.

Our award-winning faculty offers a balance of theory and practice, of disciplinary and applied knowledge, that prepares students for a rapidly changing and increasingly challenging world. As a member of our community you will have numerous opportunities to learn about, and engage in, artistic and communicative endeavors. Our theatre students have been recognized by the American College Theatre Festival for acting, playwriting, technical design, and directing, and our dance program hosts the annual Dancescapes concert which features nationally and internationally known choreographers as artists in residence; our music education students have won the Gaarder Music Student of the Year award more times than any other school in Wisconsin; our art students have exhibited their work throughout the United States and around the world, including Mexico, South Korea, China, and England; work by students in the Department of Communication has appeared on MTV, won numerous awards for Journalism excellence at both the State and Midwest Regional level, and our Media Arts and Game Development majors were the recipients of a prestigious Webby Award. Our college is also home to the Young Auditorium, which offers an outstanding venue for performance works from across the nation and around the world.

To find out more about us, please visit our website, or even better, join us on campus for a tour of our programs and facilities. We think you'll like what you see, and hear, and feel.

With warm regards,
Robert Mertens, Interim Dean 

Our Mission

To cultivate and inspire creativity, expression, inquiry and integrity through embodied education in the fine and communicative arts and professions.


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Whitewater, WI 53190

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