Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014


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    About the College

Dean: Daryl Joseph Moore, MFA  FRSA. Power Art Center Room 114; 973-720-2230

Interim Associate Dean: Loretta C. Mc Laughlin Vignier MS, JD. Power Art Center Room 116; 973-720-3696

Honors Tracks:
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, journalism, public relations, 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 including 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, a live and web-streaming radio station and High Definition television production facilities.  The Power Arts Center 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, The Center for Chinese Art, The Center for New Art, and foundation and graphic design studios; Shea Center for the Performing Arts is home to 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 Central Academy in Beijing and the Edward Said Conservatory of Music and through focused, short-term Study Abroad programs.