College of Arts and Communication

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

The mission of the College of Arts and Communication is to cultivate and inspire creativity, expression, inquiry and integrity through embodied education in the fine performing and communicative arts and professions. We offer rigorous programs in music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts; internships, pre-professional opportunities in journalism, advertising, and applied communication, and innovative interdisciplinary studies.



Accompanying Certificate (Undergraduate)
Accompanying

Accompanying is one of the primary skills necessary to keyboard players, and essential to their success in the professional world.

Art Degree Programs
Art Major/Emphasis, Minor
Art

Pursue your passion for the arts — and a creative, fulfilling career. We offer high-quality degree programs specializing in graphic design, multimedia arts, education, art history and, of course, the studio arts medium that interests you most.

Art History Degree Programs
Art (Art History) Major/Emphasis, Minor
Art (Art History)

Art History courses at UW-Whitewater explore art and visual culture, from antiquity to the present, in relation to aesthetic, cultural, social, historical, and theoretical contexts. 

Graphic Design (Art) Degree Programs
Art (Graphic Design) Major/Emphasis
Art (Graphic Design)

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design program is to provide students the ability to visually communicate ideas and information while expressing themselves creatively.

Art Licensure Degree Programs
Art (Teaching Certification) Major/Emphasis
Art (Teaching Certification)

Certification provides graduates with the ability to become instructors in specific areas of art, such as art history, jewelry, printmaking, etc. 

Art Education
Art Education Major/Emphasis
Art Education

Get exceptional training and earn licensure to teach art at the elementary and high school levels. With this major, you will take courses related to art and design, as well as instruction and teaching curriculum.

Art Studio (Art) Degree Programs
Art Studio Minor
Art Studio

From watercolors to the web, arts abound at UW-Whitewater. Learn technical aspects of producing art in a studio. Let your passion for art blossom at UW-Whitewater.

Audio Certificate
Audio Certificate (Undergraduate)
Audio

The changing media landscape and growth of digital and streaming content have created huge demand for audio professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the audio job market is expected to grow more than 6% through 2029.

Communication Degree Programs
Communication Major/Emphasis, Minor, Online Master's
Communication

Our students can select from seven communication majors to prepare themselves for a career in a Communication field marked by continuous, persistent, and frequent change. 

Corporate and Health Communication (Communication) Degree Programs
Communication (Corporate and Health Communication) Major/Emphasis, Minor, Online Bachelor's
Communication (Corporate and Health Communication)

As businesses become more strategic, sophisticated and intentional in how they approach and interact with stakeholders, there’s a growing need for business-savvy communication professionals who can deliver messages — and results.

Electronic Media (Communication) Degree Programs
Communication (Electronic Media) Major/Emphasis, Minor
Communication (Electronic Media)

How we access information and experience entertainment has evolved over the years. While our screens have gotten smaller and devices have become more portable, one thing is certain: multimedia storytelling and quality audio, video and design skills are still in demand. 

Public Relations (Communication) Degree Programs
Communication (Public Relations) Major/Emphasis, Minor
Communication (Public Relations)

Public relations is an exciting, versatile profession. All industries and companies need savvy professionals who can clearly communicate messages across multiple platforms to the public, the media, customers and other stakeholders.

Communication Competence Certificate
Communication Competence Certificate (Undergraduate)
Communication Competence

Demand for effective communication skills in employees continues to be a top priority in hiring and in promotion decisions at companies large and small. According to the National Communication Association (NACE Outlook Survey), employers continuously identify the “ability to communicate effectively both inside and outside the organization” as the number one skill necessary in an employee at any level within their company.

Conducting Certificate (Undergraduate)
Conducting

Become a maestro by learning advanced direction skills in an increasingly competitive professional market. The Conducting Certificate is especially valuable for music education students.

Audio Certificate
Creative Communication Certificate (Undergraduate)
Creative Communication

According to LinkedIn, creativity is one of the top skills that employers look for when hiring. In research done in 2019, 2020, and 2021, creativity was identified as the #1 soft skill desired by organizations across the business landscape.

Dane Degree Programs
Dance Minor
Dance

In the UW-Whitewater Theatre and Dance program, everyone has a chance to learn everything from the front of the house to behind the scenes. We’re a highly hands-on, collaborative program offering an array of major, minor and degree options.

Digital Certificate
Digital Communication Certificate (Undergraduate)
Digital Communication

Demand for professionals with social media and digital communication skills has exploded. LinkedIn’s recent Jobs on the Rise Report highlighted the powerful digital transformation happening globally and predicted growth of 150 million technology/digital jobs in the next five years.

Event Planning and Promotion Certificate Program
Event Planning and Promotion Certificate (Undergraduate)
Event Planning and Promotion

From national and international corporate parties, national political conventions, global academic conferences, and huge non-profit fundraisers, to PTO family events, local weddings, and scouting retreats, the demand for accomplished event planners is significant and growing. 

Individually Designed (A&C) Degree Programs
Individually Designed (Arts and Communication) Major/Emphasis, Minor
Individually Designed (Arts and Communication)

With an Individually Designed major or minor, you can work with an advisor to create the perfect program for you and your passions.

Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Certificate (Undergraduate)
Jazz

Jazz, America’s own Classical music tradition, is a field with distinctive musical practices (particularly instrumental and vocal styles, and a rich art of improvisation).

Journalism Degree Programs
Journalism Major/Emphasis, Minor
Journalism

Today’s journalists do far more than gather and report the news. The 21st century demands journalism professionals be skilled writers, photographers, videographers, sound technicians, editors and producers.

Advertising (Journalism) degree programs
Journalism (Advertising) Major/Emphasis, Minor
Journalism (Advertising)

An advertising degree from UW-Whitewater will give you your best start in the ever-changing world of advertising. You will benefit from high-level instruction, coupled with industry expertise focused on building your skills.

Broadcast/Print/Web (Journalism) Degree Programs
Journalism (Broadcast/Print/Web) Major/Emphasis, Minor
Journalism (Broadcast/Print/Web)

UW-Whitewater offers a well-rounded journalism major that will prepare you for multiple career paths, whether you want to be on the air, behind the scenes, or at the keyboard.

International Journalism (Journalism) Degree Programs
Journalism (International Journalism) Major/Emphasis
Journalism (International Journalism)

Do you have a passion for world events? Want to travel the world and tell the stories of cultures around the globe? International Journalism is the career for you.

Mass Media Literacy Certificate
Mass Media Literacy Certificate (Undergraduate)
Mass Media Literacy

Prepare yourself for professional and personal success in a media landscape that is noisy and seemingly overflowing with endless content and misinformation. Learn how to expertly navigate communication channels and the media industry.

Media Arts and Game Development Degree Programs
Media Arts and Game Development Major/Emphasis
Media Arts and Game Development

Making interactive content and engaging with others is at the heart of the Media Arts and Game Development program at UW-Whitewater — or MAGD, as we call it on campus.

Communication/Gaming (Media Arts and Game Development) Degree Programs
Media Arts and Game Development (Communication/Gaming) Major/Emphasis, Minor
Media Arts and Game Development (Communication/Gaming)

Making interactive content and engaging with others is at the heart of the Media Arts and Game Development program at UW-Whitewater — or MAGD, as we call it on campus.

Gaming Technology (Media Arts and Game Development) Degree Programs
Gaming Technology (Media Arts and Game Development) Major/Emphasis, Minor
Gaming Technology (Media Arts and Game Development)

Making interactive content and engaging with others is at the heart of the Media Arts and Game Development program at UW-Whitewater — or MAGD, as we call it on campus.

Media Arts (Media Arts and Game Development) Degree Programs
Media Arts and Game Development (Media Arts) Major/Emphasis, Minor
Media Arts and Game Development (Media Arts)

Learn to produce original, creative digital content for interactive computer games, animation, special effects, 3D, motion graphics and more.

Music Degree Programs
Music Major/Emphasis, Minor
Music

If you’re inspired to turn that passion into a career you love, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater could be the right place for you to prepare for a future of performance, composing, teaching or succeeding in another music-related role.

A student wears headphones while working on a Mac computer.
Music (Audio Production and Sound Design) Minor
Music (Audio Production and Sound Design)

Experience the ways that audio and sound work across a range of media. Learn sound design and recording techniques in theatre, gaming, music, and communication.

Music Education Choral (Music) Degree Programs
Music (Music Education Choral) Major/Emphasis
Music (Music Education Choral)

Make your voice heard - not only in song but in teaching the next generation of choral students. Help others share your love of singing with a degree in choral music education.

Music Education Instrumental (Music) Degree Programs
Music (Music Education Instrumental) Major/Emphasis
Music (Music Education Instrumental)

From clarinet to cello, timpani to trombone, your passion for instrumental music knows no bounds. Turn that passion into a career you will love with an instrumental education degree from UW-Whitewater.

Instrumental Performance (Music) Degree Programs
Music (Instrumental Performance) Major/Emphasis
Music (Instrumental Performance)

Share your love of music with other through a career in instrumental performance. With performance opportunities through over 27 ensembles, you will be well-rehearsed for your future.

A member of the jazz band plays snare drums and cymbals.
Music (Jazz and Commercial Music) Minor
Music (Jazz and Commercial Music)

Instrumentalists and vocalists whose primary interest is in jazz performance will benefit from this jazz-centered program, which will enhance your technical and creative ability as a musician.

Keyboard Performance (Music) Degree Programs
Music (Keyboard Performance) Major/Emphasis
Music (Keyboard Performance)

Do you only feel at home with your fingers on the keys? Prepare for a career in keyboard performance at UW-Whitewater.

A student plays the violin on stage during a theatre performance.
Music (Musical Theatre) Minor
Music (Musical Theatre)

If you love musical theatre, this minor will help you develop acting, vocal technique, dance skills, and entrepreneurial savvy necessary for a career in the industry.

Theory and Composition (Music) Degree Programs
Music (Theory and Composition) Major/Emphasis
Music (Theory and Composition)

The building blocks of music, theory and composition. Having a firm grip of these concepts is required to write the next beautiful piece of music. Start your theory and composition career at UW-Whitewater.

Rachel Wood, mezzo soprano
Music (Vocal Performance) Major/Emphasis
Music (Vocal Performance)

Share your song with the world through a career in vocal performance. With numerous opportunities to learn and perform, your passion for music will become a future you love.

Music Education Degree Programs
Music Education (For Degree Holders) Post-Baccalaureate
Music Education (For Degree Holders)

This is a program for students who have already received music degrees who seek licensure or additional licensure to teach music in public schools.

Music Education General (Music) Degree Programs
Music Education (Choral, General, Instrumental) Major/Emphasis
Music Education (Choral, General, Instrumental)

Spread your love of music to the next generation. If you love what music has done for you, you can teach others to share that passion with a degree in music education from UW-Whitewater.

Music History
Music History Certificate (Undergraduate)
Music History

Designed for students who wish to attend graduate school in Musicology/Music History or for students who want a more in-­‐depth background in Music History beyond the basic survey. Students who complete this Certificate will have 4-­‐5 major papers for their portfolios, experiences in advanced research techniques, and more extensive background in cultural studies, critical theory, and world music.

Music Theory - Modulating Melody
Music Theory Certificate (Undergraduate)
Music Theory

Designed for students who wish to attend graduate school in Music Theory or for students who want a more in-­‐depth background in Music Theory beyond the basic survey. Students who complete this Certificate will have several major papers, compositions, and arrangements for their portfolios, experiences in advanced research techniques, and more extensive background in musical analysis.

Sports Certificate
Sports Communication Certificate (Undergraduate)
Sports Communication

The Sports Communication Certificate helps prepare students for a wide variety of in-demand jobs related to sports journalism/broadcasting and sports promotion. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 6% growth from 2020-2030 for reporters, journalists, and news analysts.

Strategic Communication Certificate Program
Strategic Communication Online Graduate Certificate
Strategic Communication

Strategy, influence, research and messaging become your domain in contexts such as advertising, public relations, and crisis communication as you elevate your career to become a global communication practitioner.

Theatre Degree Programs
Theatre Major/Emphasis, Minor
Theatre

In the UW-Whitewater Theatre and Dance program, everyone has a chance to learn everything from the front of the house to behind the scenes. 

Design/Technology (Theatre) Degree Programs
Theatre (Design/Technology) Major/Emphasis
Theatre (Design/Technology)

Outstanding productions require creative and technical experts who can bring the atmosphere of a stage to life.

Performance (Theatre) Degree Programs
Theatre (Performance) Major/Emphasis
Theatre (Performance)

You're never happier than when you're in the spotlight. Turn your passion into a career in theatre performance with a degree from UW-Whitewater.

Stage Management (Theatre) Degree Programs
Theatre (Stage Management) Major/Emphasis
Theatre (Stage Management)

A successful theatre show requires more than just great acting. It requires talent behind the scenes, managing all the aspects of ensuring the show runs smoothly. Learn the finer points of stage management with hands-on experience at UW-Whitewater.

Theatre Education (Theatre) Degree Programs
Theatre (Theatre Education) Major/Emphasis, Minor
Theatre (Theatre Education)

Help mold the next generation of theatre performers. Learn the skills needed to teach high school students and share your love of theatre.

Theatre Education
Theatre Education Major/Emphasis, Minor
Theatre Education

Train future actors, directors, costume designers, stage managers, stage crew and more. Our program will give you experience in both the front and back of the stage, and preparation to teach elementary through high school curriculum.

Video Production Certificate
Video Production Certificate (Undergraduate)
Video Production

From technical skills in sound and visual media, to exercises in creative storytelling, this certificate provides you with a comprehensive foundation in all aspects of video production.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

Accompanying is one of the primary skills necessary to keyboard players, and essential to their success in the professional world.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

Pursue your passion for the arts — and a creative, fulfilling career. We offer high-quality degree programs specializing in graphic design, multimedia arts, education, art history and, of course, the studio arts medium that interests you most.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

Art History courses at UW-Whitewater explore art and visual culture, from antiquity to the present, in relation to aesthetic, cultural, social, historical, and theoretical contexts. 

Major/Emphasis

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design program is to provide students the ability to visually communicate ideas and information while expressing themselves creatively.

Major/Emphasis

Certification provides graduates with the ability to become instructors in specific areas of art, such as art history, jewelry, printmaking, etc. 

Major/Emphasis

Get exceptional training and earn licensure to teach art at the elementary and high school levels. With this major, you will take courses related to art and design, as well as instruction and teaching curriculum.

Minor

From watercolors to the web, arts abound at UW-Whitewater. Learn technical aspects of producing art in a studio. Let your passion for art blossom at UW-Whitewater.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

The changing media landscape and growth of digital and streaming content have created huge demand for audio professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the audio job market is expected to grow more than 6% through 2029.

Major/Emphasis, Minor, Online Master's

Our students can select from seven communication majors to prepare themselves for a career in a Communication field marked by continuous, persistent, and frequent change. 

Major/Emphasis, Minor, Online Bachelor's

As businesses become more strategic, sophisticated and intentional in how they approach and interact with stakeholders, there’s a growing need for business-savvy communication professionals who can deliver messages — and results.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

How we access information and experience entertainment has evolved over the years. While our screens have gotten smaller and devices have become more portable, one thing is certain: multimedia storytelling and quality audio, video and design skills are still in demand. 

Major/Emphasis, Minor

Public relations is an exciting, versatile profession. All industries and companies need savvy professionals who can clearly communicate messages across multiple platforms to the public, the media, customers and other stakeholders.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

Demand for effective communication skills in employees continues to be a top priority in hiring and in promotion decisions at companies large and small. According to the National Communication Association (NACE Outlook Survey), employers continuously identify the “ability to communicate effectively both inside and outside the organization” as the number one skill necessary in an employee at any level within their company.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

Become a maestro by learning advanced direction skills in an increasingly competitive professional market. The Conducting Certificate is especially valuable for music education students.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

According to LinkedIn, creativity is one of the top skills that employers look for when hiring. In research done in 2019, 2020, and 2021, creativity was identified as the #1 soft skill desired by organizations across the business landscape.

Minor

In the UW-Whitewater Theatre and Dance program, everyone has a chance to learn everything from the front of the house to behind the scenes. We’re a highly hands-on, collaborative program offering an array of major, minor and degree options.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

Demand for professionals with social media and digital communication skills has exploded. LinkedIn’s recent Jobs on the Rise Report highlighted the powerful digital transformation happening globally and predicted growth of 150 million technology/digital jobs in the next five years.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

From national and international corporate parties, national political conventions, global academic conferences, and huge non-profit fundraisers, to PTO family events, local weddings, and scouting retreats, the demand for accomplished event planners is significant and growing. 

Major/Emphasis, Minor

With an Individually Designed major or minor, you can work with an advisor to create the perfect program for you and your passions.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

Jazz, America’s own Classical music tradition, is a field with distinctive musical practices (particularly instrumental and vocal styles, and a rich art of improvisation).

Major/Emphasis, Minor

Today’s journalists do far more than gather and report the news. The 21st century demands journalism professionals be skilled writers, photographers, videographers, sound technicians, editors and producers.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

An advertising degree from UW-Whitewater will give you your best start in the ever-changing world of advertising. You will benefit from high-level instruction, coupled with industry expertise focused on building your skills.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

UW-Whitewater offers a well-rounded journalism major that will prepare you for multiple career paths, whether you want to be on the air, behind the scenes, or at the keyboard.

Major/Emphasis

Do you have a passion for world events? Want to travel the world and tell the stories of cultures around the globe? International Journalism is the career for you.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

Prepare yourself for professional and personal success in a media landscape that is noisy and seemingly overflowing with endless content and misinformation. Learn how to expertly navigate communication channels and the media industry.

Major/Emphasis

Making interactive content and engaging with others is at the heart of the Media Arts and Game Development program at UW-Whitewater — or MAGD, as we call it on campus.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

Making interactive content and engaging with others is at the heart of the Media Arts and Game Development program at UW-Whitewater — or MAGD, as we call it on campus.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

Making interactive content and engaging with others is at the heart of the Media Arts and Game Development program at UW-Whitewater — or MAGD, as we call it on campus.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

Learn to produce original, creative digital content for interactive computer games, animation, special effects, 3D, motion graphics and more.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

If you’re inspired to turn that passion into a career you love, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater could be the right place for you to prepare for a future of performance, composing, teaching or succeeding in another music-related role.

Minor

Experience the ways that audio and sound work across a range of media. Learn sound design and recording techniques in theatre, gaming, music, and communication.

Major/Emphasis

Make your voice heard - not only in song but in teaching the next generation of choral students. Help others share your love of singing with a degree in choral music education.

Major/Emphasis

From clarinet to cello, timpani to trombone, your passion for instrumental music knows no bounds. Turn that passion into a career you will love with an instrumental education degree from UW-Whitewater.

Major/Emphasis

Share your love of music with other through a career in instrumental performance. With performance opportunities through over 27 ensembles, you will be well-rehearsed for your future.

Minor

Instrumentalists and vocalists whose primary interest is in jazz performance will benefit from this jazz-centered program, which will enhance your technical and creative ability as a musician.

Major/Emphasis

Do you only feel at home with your fingers on the keys? Prepare for a career in keyboard performance at UW-Whitewater.

Minor

If you love musical theatre, this minor will help you develop acting, vocal technique, dance skills, and entrepreneurial savvy necessary for a career in the industry.

Major/Emphasis

The building blocks of music, theory and composition. Having a firm grip of these concepts is required to write the next beautiful piece of music. Start your theory and composition career at UW-Whitewater.

Major/Emphasis

Share your song with the world through a career in vocal performance. With numerous opportunities to learn and perform, your passion for music will become a future you love.

Post-Baccalaureate

This is a program for students who have already received music degrees who seek licensure or additional licensure to teach music in public schools.

Major/Emphasis

Spread your love of music to the next generation. If you love what music has done for you, you can teach others to share that passion with a degree in music education from UW-Whitewater.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

Designed for students who wish to attend graduate school in Musicology/Music History or for students who want a more in-­‐depth background in Music History beyond the basic survey. Students who complete this Certificate will have 4-­‐5 major papers for their portfolios, experiences in advanced research techniques, and more extensive background in cultural studies, critical theory, and world music.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

Designed for students who wish to attend graduate school in Music Theory or for students who want a more in-­‐depth background in Music Theory beyond the basic survey. Students who complete this Certificate will have several major papers, compositions, and arrangements for their portfolios, experiences in advanced research techniques, and more extensive background in musical analysis.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

The Sports Communication Certificate helps prepare students for a wide variety of in-demand jobs related to sports journalism/broadcasting and sports promotion. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 6% growth from 2020-2030 for reporters, journalists, and news analysts.

Online Graduate Certificate

Strategy, influence, research and messaging become your domain in contexts such as advertising, public relations, and crisis communication as you elevate your career to become a global communication practitioner.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

In the UW-Whitewater Theatre and Dance program, everyone has a chance to learn everything from the front of the house to behind the scenes. 

Major/Emphasis

Outstanding productions require creative and technical experts who can bring the atmosphere of a stage to life.

Major/Emphasis

You're never happier than when you're in the spotlight. Turn your passion into a career in theatre performance with a degree from UW-Whitewater.

Major/Emphasis

A successful theatre show requires more than just great acting. It requires talent behind the scenes, managing all the aspects of ensuring the show runs smoothly. Learn the finer points of stage management with hands-on experience at UW-Whitewater.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

Help mold the next generation of theatre performers. Learn the skills needed to teach high school students and share your love of theatre.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

Train future actors, directors, costume designers, stage managers, stage crew and more. Our program will give you experience in both the front and back of the stage, and preparation to teach elementary through high school curriculum.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

From technical skills in sound and visual media, to exercises in creative storytelling, this certificate provides you with a comprehensive foundation in all aspects of video production.