Valerie Cisler, Dean
Room 101, Noel Fine Arts Center
The College of Fine Arts & Communication is committed to a broad understanding of the arts, the humanities, and communication as a basis for reasoned, intelligent, and sensitive individuals interacting with society. The college is also committed to a broad understanding of the many aspects of the arts and communication as they relate to a changing world with its dynamic and diverse cultures. Most importantly, the college is committed to excellence in training communication, visual arts, and performing arts professionals. Through its students, faculty, and programs both on and off campus, the College of Fine Arts & Communication inspires, creates, and achieves.
Curriculum in Fine Arts and Communication
Educational experiences and courses for fine arts and communication majors, minors, and general student needs include:
- History, criticism, theory, and practice in fine arts and communication.
- Practical applications in the arts and communication through laboratory, studio, internship and other experiences.
- Production and performance experiences through art exhibitions, music recitals/concerts, plays, musicals, dance productions, master classes, film, radio and television broadcasting, and various other forms of communication.
You may choose a professional program in a specific field or a more broadly based curriculum with a wide variety of choices. You may choose one of the majors listed below or a minor in the college with a major from another area.
There are four departments offering degree programs within the college: Art & Design, Communication, Music, and Theatre & Dance. The Departments of Art & Design, Music, and Theatre & Dance maintain full national accreditation by their respective associations. UW-Stevens Point is one of 30 such universities in the country to carry this designation.
Majors in Fine Arts and Communication
Degrees offered are:
- Bachelor of Arts in art, arts management, dance, drama, media studies, and music.
- Bachelor of Science in professional communication.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design, interior architecture, in art with two-dimensional or three-dimensional emphases; and theatre arts with options in acting, design and technology, or musical theatre.
- Bachelor of Music with options in applied music, jazz studies, music education; and music performance.
Refer to the degree requirements listed in each department’s section of this catalog.
To earn your degree, successfully complete the General Education Program requirements, requirements for your major, and approved electives totaling no less than 120 credits. To graduate, you must earn at least 40 credits in courses numbered 300 or above.
If you wish to meet teacher certification requirements in music, consult the Education section later in this catalog for additional courses required through the College of Professional Studies.
Minors in Fine Arts and Communication
Minors are available in art, art history, arts management, dance, drama, jazz studies, media studies, music, and professional communication.
College Honors - Fine Arts and Communication
Undergraduate, full-time majors in the College of Fine Arts and Communication who have achieved a semester grade point average over 3.75 are awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award.
Nondegree Experiences in the Arts and Communication
Noncredit courses of study are offered through the college’s continuing education program, and the Aber Suzuki Center and American Suzuki Institute. The college also organizes a Performing Arts Series with internationally acclaimed artists performing at the Sentry Theater.
Graduate Programs in Fine Arts and Communication
Graduate programs are available in music and communication. See the Graduate Study section of this catalog for details.