2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Fine Arts & Communication

Interim Dean: Dr. Sharon A. Evans
Office: Browne Hall 117
Telephone: (309) 298-1618;
Fax: (309) 298-2695
E-mail: COFAC@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/cofac

The College of Fine Arts and Communication provides high quality educational programs to a diverse student population. The primary focus is to prepare artists, professionals, and scholars of the 21st century. Students will comprehend the complexity of visual and performing arts, communicative arts and sciences, and media through the study of their aesthetics, creativity, history, theories, and applications.

From the time of entry to graduation, students are continually made aware of their progress through assessment strategies. Internships are available in some of the programs. The College believes that a quality education denotes its graduates will achieve the ability to think clearly and logically, draw meaningful conclusions from various languages, symbols and texts, make informed decisions, develop a modicum of self-discipline, acquire a thirst to achieve a high standard of scholarly and technical artistry or knowledge in their subject field, and critically examine the process of thinking intelligently so they can nourish the mind, foster integrity, refine character, and stimulate imaginative sensibilities.

Departments and Programs

Students in the College of Fine Arts and Communication may pursue studies in the following departments and programs.

Department of Art
  • B.A. in Art with an additional option in:
    • Graphic Design
    • Teacher Certification
  • B.F.A. in Art with an additional option in:
    • Graphic Design
Department of Broadcasting
  • B.A. in Broadcasting
Department of Communication
  • B.A. in Communication
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
School of Music
  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.) with options in:
    • Applied Music (Composition, Instrumental, Jazz, Piano, Vocal)
    • Music Business
    • Music Therapy
    • Teacher Certification
  • B.A. in Music
Department of Theatre and Dance
  • B.A. in Theatre with options in:
    • Acting
    • Directing
    • Production/Design
  • B.F.A. in Musical Theatre

The College of Fine Arts and Communication offers minor programs in the same fields as the major programs listed above (except Communication Sciences and Disorders and Musical Theatre). In addition, the College offers the following minor programs that have no corresponding majors: Acquisition and Disorders of Language, Art History, Broadcast and Print Media, Dance, Film, Fine Arts Technology and Design, Speech Science, and Studio Art.

Majors and Minors

Course requirements for Fine Arts and Communication majors and minors are given under the department headings. The departments of the College of Fine Arts and Communication are authorized to grant a baccalaureate degree to students completing the following groups of courses:

  1. University General Education Curriculum.
  2. A department core of courses.
  3. One of the options or concentrations offered by the student’s major department. Art and Theatre majors must meet specific grade point average requirements in the departmental core to enroll in the comprehensive program. Admission to all programs in Music is contingent upon satisfactory performance in audition. Major programs with a conventional minor continue to be available.

Academic Advising

A student enrolling in programs offered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication must consult with an adviser. The adviser helps make registration and allied procedures as easy as possible. The adviser can succeed in this task only if the student maintains contact. The adviser should be consulted regarding all courses taken and dropped in order to insure that the requirements of the program being followed will be properly fulfilled. From the University’s standpoint, an accumulation of courses and credits does not necessarily constitute a degree program. Students with special problems are encouraged to seek assistance from their teachers and the department chairperson. Students majoring in Art, Music, and Theatre can obtain a general education adviser through the University Advising and Academic Services Center.

Each academic program in the College of Fine Arts and Communication has its own approach to advising and the students should acquaint themselves with that of their own major.

College Graduation Requirements

In addition to fulfilling University graduation requirements, students in the College of Fine Arts and Communication must:

  1. Complete the appropriate total of semester hours needed for graduation in the specific curriculum pursued, including the major, the minor if needed, and electives. At least 42 s.h. must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
  2. Complete at least 12 s.h. in courses numbered 300 or above in the major.

Certification to Teach

Students enrolled in the College of Fine Arts and Communication who wish to obtain a teaching certificate must meet all criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program, complete the teacher education curriculum, and complete the major or minor requirements for teacher education students as described under the various department offerings in Fine Arts. See Teacher Certification (p. 326) for additional information and specific requirements.

Bureau of Cultural Affairs

The College advises the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, an arts presenting student organization comprised of WIU students, high school students, faculty, staff, and community members. Affordable and diverse performances each year include national and international tours of Broadway, theatre, dance, symphonies, headline musical artists, chamber music, young artists, comedy, and youth programming.

Tri States Public Radio

The College operates WIUM 91.3 FM /WIUW 89.5 FM, a 24-hour-a-day National Public Radio member station, offering in-depth news, public affairs, and cultural programming. The stations offer two reading services to assist blind and print-disabled persons in the region, the Radio Information Service and the Personal Reader Service, which operate free of charge to clients.

University Television (UTV)

The College’s University Television division provides commercial broadcast-quality program support services to the College of Fine Arts and Communication and Western Illinois University. UTV produces public service programs, broadcasts campus events such as commencement and convocation programs, records and produces major speaker presentations and arts performances for broadcast, and produces special programming for the campus and community. UTV provides Broadcasting students practical experience in the broadcasting field. As an additional mission, UTV will provide television and media services to other educational and private groups for community outreach.

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