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Department Chairpersons

Art and Design

Susan Messer

Communication (Journalism and Communication)

Barbara Penington


J. Michael Allsen

Theatre and Dance

Marshall Anderson

The College of Arts and Communication offers opportunities for expanding creative talents and aesthetic awareness, and for developing communication skills and understanding of the mass media in today’s society. Students in the College acquire these skills and understandings through course work and participation in varied college activities.

Students are invited to attend plays, concerts, and exhibits, to audition for roles in theatre productions, to participate in musical ensembles and to gain first-hand experience in areas of radio, television, media arts and game development, and print media. Many opportunities are available to volunteer and gain valuable experience. Involvement in the arts and communication fields will enrich the total college life.

If students choose to take courses in the arts and communication, they will be encouraged to discover and develop their talents. Their work with faculty will enable them to reach creative and analytical goals and to develop the perceptions, production skills and reflective dispositions which characterize professionals in their chosen discipline. Students in the College find a wide range of possibilities for participation in addition to opportunities to specialize in areas of particular interest. The production studios, rehearsal rooms, stages and media labs are active and congenial places at all hours.

Students in Communication make use of a number of facilities and programs. UWWTV, the on-campus TV station, provides opportunities for experience in television production, direction and performance. Radio broadcasting facilities are available at WSUW, the campus radio station, WSUW-FM (91.7), “The Edge.” The Journalism program offers opportunities to work on the Royal Purple, the student newspaper with facilities that support both the Royal Purple’s print and web formats. Students in Art, Music, Theatre and Dance and Media Arts and Game Development take advantage of the facilities in the Greenhill Center of the Arts, including carefully designed and fully equipped studios, computer labs, shops and rehearsal rooms for artists, dancers, musicians, actors and theatre technicians. The Crossman Gallery, the Barnett and Hicklin Studio Theatres, and the Light Recital Hall provide beautiful settings for students’ exhibitions, theatre performances, dances, or music concerts. A number of interdisciplinary programs allow students in the college to interact and collaborate on professional projects. The adjacent Young Auditorium is an acoustically excellent performance facility with 1300 seats.

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