College of Arts and Communication


College of Arts and Communication

Welcome to the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. We offer rigorous programs in music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts; internships, pre-professional opportunities in journalism, advertising, and applied communication, and innovative interdisciplinary studies.

Our award-winning faculty introduce students to a balance of theory and practice that prepares graduates 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 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.

To learn more, please explore our website, or even better, join us on campus for a tour of our programs and facilities. Feel free to be in touch with the departments directly or contact the dean's office. We look forward to seeing you.

Eileen M. Hayes, Dean

Eileen M. Hayes, Dean of the UW-W College of Arts and Communication
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Ways to give

There are numerous ways that you may make a gift in support of our college — everything from simply writing a check for your annual gift in support of our current needs to a major or planned gift for endowment or a capital project. If you would like more information on any of these types of gifts, feel free to contact us.


Jordan Stine '10
Director of Philanthropy
Phone: 262-472-5646

Cast your support for tomorrow’s stars

The murmuring audience. Musical instruments being tuned. The dimming of the lights. The rush of excitement as the lights go up, the show begins and you are taken away into a new world!

This transformative experience for audience members is the result of hundreds of hours of work by dozens of UW-Whitewater Theatre and Dance students.

The UW-Whitewater Theatre and Dance Department’s 5-production season offers hands-on learning-by-doing experiences for our students. When putting on a production they learn:

On the stage

  • Contemporary and classic acting styles
  • Choreography for musical theatre
  • Contemporary, tap and jazz dance techniques

Behind the scenes

  • Carpentry and project management
  • Sewing and costume construction
  • Critical thinking in research and script analysis
  • Scenic, lighting, sound and costume design
  • Science and math skills in all design and build projects

Our students use these skills to launch exciting careers in theatre, film and television, as well as stage and project management, game design, teaching and much more!

As our students prepare to bring back live performances this fall, we ask you to consider making a gift to support the UW-Whitewater Theatre and Dance Department. Your gifts will support the outstanding educational experience our students have come to expect.

Your gifts make a real impact:

  • $50 = Scenic paint supplies
  • $100 = Sewing supplies
  • $250 = Lighting supplies
  • $500 = Props for musical
  • $1,000 = Costumes for one show

Gala Benefit Concert
December 4 @ 7:30 pm  |
Young Auditorium
An annual tradition, the Department of Music presents the Gala Benefit Concert. Now more than ever, we are profoundly grateful for music and the promise of performing live for audiences again. The Gala concert features works from every student ensemble in the department, from the Whitewater Symphony Orchestra to the Clarinet Ensemble. All proceeds benefit the Music Department Scholarship fund which allows the department to recognize students for their talents and academic excellence.

In addition to the concert, you can support the student scholarship fund through the Gala Berres Brothers Coffee Fundraiser. Get your holiday shopping done early! Get gifts of coffee and cappucino for your friends and family, office mates and more. The best part? You can do all this while supporting the students in the Department of Music at UW-Whitewater. All proceeds go directly towards scholarship funds for music students, allowing the department to recognize students for their talents and academic excellence. Flavors & Descriptions are available here. Order by Nov. 12.

Items ordered will be available for pick up on:
Friday, December 3 from 12:00 – 5:00pm, Greenhill Center of the Arts
Saturday, December 4 from 5:00 – 9:00pm, Fern Young Terrace, Young Auditorium




Faculty and staff resources

Helpful faculty and staff resource materials can be found below.

College Excellence Award Nomination Information
FIIRST Application Form - Faculty Initiatives in International/Intercultural Research, Scholarship and Teaching
Professional Development Info & Forms
Professional Enrichment Fund
Budget & Travel Forms
Visiting Artist Forms
Guidelines for Collaboration Fund
Interdisciplinary Collaboration Form

Additional University Resources