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About the College
Dean: Daryl Joseph Moore, M.F.A. Power Art Center Room 114; 973-720-2230
Associate Dean: Imafidon Olaye, Ph.D. Power Art Center Room 116; 973-720-3696
Music, Performing and Literary Arts
The College of the Arts and Communication offers an array of programs and events encompassing the worlds of visual arts and design, music, media, theater, and interpersonal communication. The organization and focus of the College make it comparable to a small arts college located in a larger university setting, combining individualized instruction with interactions in a community of practitioners. Faculty and alumni of the College are recognized as the recipients of and nominees for prestigious national and international awards.
The College of the Arts and Communication offers both professional and undergraduate liberal arts degrees in art, music, and communication, with particular concentrations possible within each major. The bachelor of arts degree programs strengthen students' understanding and appreciation of visual and performing arts, introducing students to techniques and technology employed in the arts and communication fields and enhancing students' capacity to participate effectively in contemporary society. In addition to the bachelor of arts degree, the College also offers professional undergraduate degrees the bachelor of fine arts and the bachelor of music, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the National Association of Schools of Music respectively.
In addition, students, faculty, and other professionals collaborate in the fields represented by the College, in learning laboratories such as:
- University Galleries, presenting exhibits of visual arts and design
- University Performing Arts, presenting theatre, comedy, and musical performances
- The WP88.7 radio station, presenting live and recorded entertainment and information
- WP Broadcast Network, a cable television station offering educational and University community programming
- Pioneer Times, a student-centered newspaper serving the University community
The activities of the College occur in five principal locations: Hobart Hall is home for the Department of Communication, with radio and television production facilities and satellite uplink/downlink; the Power Arts Building includes visual arts studios and gallery space, Art Department office, and Dean's office; the Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts includes the Ben Shahn Galleries, Center for Chinese Art, Center for Computer Art and Animation, and foundation and graphic design studios; Shea Center for the Performing Arts is home for the Music Department office, Shea Auditorium, Shea 101, and music practice rooms; Hunziker Hall includes the University Performing Arts office, Black Box Theater, and music practice rooms. In addition, the Living Jazz Archive is currently housed in College Hall.
Opportunities abound for students to participate in programs on campus and beyond -- through internships and courses that bring students to major art institutions, musical venues, broadcast production facilities, comedy clubs, and design studios. On-campus events such as the Jazz Room, Midday Artist Series, New Jersey Playwright Contest, and an array of choirs, bands, orchestras, and ensembles bring students and professionals together in performances and presentations throughout the year. Of interest as well are opportunities for international study and performance through established programs with institutions such as the Nanjing Arts Institute and the Edward Said Conservatory of Music and through focused, short-term Study Abroad programs. Annually, in collaboration across the University with participating departments, the College produces an award-winning Cross-Cultural Arts Festival that both celebrates and fosters critical understanding of specific cultural regions of the world.
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470
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