2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog
College of Fine Arts & Communication
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 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.
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 additional options in:
- Graphic Design
- Teacher Education
- 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 Education
- B.A. in Music
Department of Theatre and Dance
B.A. in Theatre with options in:
- 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 Musical Theatre). In addition, the college offers the following minor programs that have no corresponding majors: Art History, Dance, Film, Jazz Studies, Sports Broadcasting, and Studio Art.
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:
- University General Education Curriculum.
- A department core of courses.
- 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 and the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program in the Department of Theatre and Dance are contingent upon satisfactory performance in audition. Major programs with a conventional minor continue to be available.
Each academic program in the College of Fine Arts and Communication has its own approach to advising, and students should acquaint themselves with the advising in their major. Advising is an important and integral part of an academic program. Advisors help students with registration, academic planning, and meeting graduation requirements.
The advisor can succeed in this task only if the student maintains contact. The advisor should be consulted regarding all courses taken and dropped in order to insure that the requirements of the program are being followed and will be properly fulfilled.
Students majoring in Art, Music, and Theatre can obtain a General Education advisor through the University Advising and Academic Services Center.
Communication students who are pursuing the major at the WIU—Quad Cities campus may contact the Communication Advisor at the Western Illinois University—Quad Cities campus.
In addition to fulfilling University graduation requirements, students in the College of Fine Arts and Communication must:
- 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.
- Complete at least 12 s.h. in courses numbered 300 or above in the major.
Students enrolled in the College of Fine Arts and Communication who wish to obtain a teaching license 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 Education for additional information and specific requirements.
The college advises the BCA, an arts presenting student organization comprised of WIU 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.
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.