College of Arts and Communication


Welcome to the "New"

We hope that you will feel at home at the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Our College offers rigorous programs in music, theatre, dance, the visual arts, media arts and game development; internships, pre-professional opportunities in journalism, advertising, and applied communication, and innovative interdisciplinary studies. In Fall 2020, we launch our new online M.S. in Communication degree program.  This academic year is like none we have experienced before; yet our faculty, academic staff, and students are up to the task, whether engaging in classes that are face-to-face, online, or remote.

As always, we affirm our College’s commitment to inclusion, to the inherent belonging of all campus community members, and to social justice.  These principles correlate well with our college values of inquiry, creativity, integrity, expression, and diversity.  The world around us is changing daily and the academic and co-curricular programs within our College help foster the good and just world that is to come.  Those in the arts and communication fields will play a critical role in bringing the future forward.            

Our award-winning faculty exposes students to a balance of theory and practice that prepares graduates for a rapidly changing and increasingly challenging world. Students 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 as well as the only recipient of the first-ever international UltraHaptics Students Challenge at the EuroHaptics conference in Pisa, Italy. 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.

Most of our performance events are offered digitally this semester, out of an abundance of concern for our patrons.  To learn more about our programs, please visit our website, or even better, give us a call if you would like to speak with one of us personally.  Feel free to be in touch with the departments directly or contact the dean's office. Stay safe best wishes for an excellent semester.

Eileen M. Hayes, Ph.D., Dean
Center for the Arts, Room 2001


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