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Phyllis M. Paul, Dean

Greg Moring, Associate Dean

The Cliffe College of Creative Arts and Communication consists of the following departments:

The Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Dana School of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The National Association of Schools of Theatre accredits the Department of Theatre and Dance.

The degrees granted are the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), and Bachelor of Music (BM).

Majors are offered in:

  • studio art
  • art education (in conjunction with the Beeghly College of Education)
  • applied music (performance)
  • music education
  • music history and literature
  • music theory or composition
  • communication studies
  • telecommunication studies
  • journalism
  • theatre
  • musical theatre track
  • dance management

The activities of the college are conducted primarily in Bliss Hall, which houses the administrative offices of the college as well as classrooms, studios, laboratories, and performance areas serving most of the curricular and co-curricular programs in art, communication, theatre, and music. Additional activities are held in the John J. McDonough Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, Stambaugh Auditorium, Powers Auditorium, the Beecher Center, Meshel Hall, Maag Library, and Kilcawley Center.

The college holds as its major objective the highest quality of instruction, including pre-professional training in areas such as studio art, applied music, communication studies, telecommunication studies, theatre and dance; the training of teachers1; and the offering of a wide variety of courses to non-majors from all areas of the University.

The major programs in the college constitute an excellent basis for a liberal education. Students not pursuing degrees in the Cliffe College of Creative Arts and Communication are welcomed and encouraged to participate in special opportunities in art, music, communication, or theatre and dance as a means of broadening and complementing their university experience.

Another important objective of the college is to provide the University community maximum opportunity for experiencing the creative arts.

Degree Requirements

High School Preparation

Please refer to the "High School Preparation" section in the Undergraduate Catalog under Admissions.

Music majors will need to have sufficient musical performance ability to undertake college-level music courses. Voice majors will benefit from taking French, German, and/or Italian in high school.