Fall 2016 Classes
Classes for the fall semester begin August 29 at 5:00 p.m.
A senior working the booth at WVYC, York College's campus radio station

Communication and the Arts

If you are constantly being sparked by creative impulses, this is the department for you. Imagine and create with our professional quality equipment, galleries, and production studios.

Moved by telling others a story? Want to speak to people through your art? Find a home in Communication and the Arts, where you’ll get started right away with multimedia storytelling using our on-campus production studios, or dive into creating art that can be featured in our art gallery and Cultural Series events. We know showing off your artistic flair isn’t enough when it comes to a productive career — at York College, we mentor you and give you the technical expertise needed to jump into a career in the arts. Our alumni have gone on take high-profile jobs with the Rachael Ray Show, the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, television stations, and more. Our faculty have extensive experience in their respective fields, and you’ll be able to see their inspirational skills with faculty showcases, musical performances, and exhibits.

Shelby Seaton '13 used the hands-on experience she got in our television production courses to jump into a career in television broadcast news.

Divisions in Communication & the Arts

Explore all the options within our department
  • Division of Art

    Division of Art

    Collaborate and create in an environment that will bring out the best of your artistic ability. Pursue a Fine Arts or a Graphic Arts focus. Students must submit a portfolio to be considered for acceptance for either major.

  • Division of Communication

    Division of Communication

    On camera and behind the camera. Written and verbal. Behind the mic and in front of an editing bay. Be an effective, powerful communicator at York College. Students can pursue a degree in Mass Communication or Public Relations.

  • Division of Music

    Division of Music

    Highlighted by a dynamic faculty, state-of-the art facilities and three career-focused majors, the Division of Music is entering a new era of excitement and change. Students can earn degrees in: Music (B.A.); General Music Education (B.S.); Music  Industry/Recording Technology (B.S.). Students must audition to be considered for acceptance into the Division of Music.

  • Division of Theatre

    Division of Theatre

    Study, grow, and play with a premiere 705-seat performing arts venue as your main playground. Students can direct their own shows, take courses in costume design and stage make-up technique, and work on set design. This is a program that allows students to discover who they are and what type of theatre artist they want to become. Students can earn a B.A. in Theatre.

Upcoming Events

  • Faculty Biennial Exhibition

    Faculty Biennial Exhibition
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Saturday, October 1, 2016, York College Galleries, Wolf Hall
    Opening Reception: Thursday, September 1, 2016, 4 p.m., Wolf Hall Lobby

    The YCP Faculty Biennial offers an opportunity to view recent work by full-and part-time faculty from York College's fine art and graphic design faculty.  This exhibition reflects the faculty's dedication to pursing creative research and an active studio practice.

  • Hard Pressed: Drive By Press at York College

    Drive By Press at York College
    Printing Demonstration:  Thursday, September 1, 2016, 12:00-4:00 PM, Wolf Hall Lawn
    Reception:  Thursday, September 1, 2016, 4:00 PM, Wolf Hall Lobby
    Artist Lecture:  Thursday, September 1, 2016, 5:30 PM, DeMeester Recital Hall

    First Friday:  Drive By Press at Marketview Arts 
    Printing Demonstration:  Friday, September 2, 2016, 3:00-8:00 PM, Marketview Arts Entrance
    Exhibition Reception:  Friday, September 2, 2016, 5:00-8:00 PM, Coni Wolf Gallery, Marketview Arts

    Drive by Press

  • Guest Artist Recital: James Winn, piano

    Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:30 PM, DeMeester Recital Hall

    This event is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Boustead Family Foundation.  

    James Wynn, piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1997, made his professional debut with the Denver Symphony at the age of 13, and has been performing widely in North America, Europe, and Asia ever since.  



Student Opportunities and Experiences

Students observing an art installation at the York College Galleries
York College Galleries
Our gallery space showcases juried student exhibits, faculty work, and acclaimed artists who take time to speak with students about their experiences and vision.
WVYC microphone flag York College
WVYC Radio
Get involved right away with this award-winning campus institution. You can produce your own show, help manage the staff, and more. It’s not uncommon to see WVYC staff live on air at an event around campus!
Students produce and perform in 10 minute plays at York College for the Cultural Series
Cultural Series
From student-directed one-act plays to art and music student showcases, our annual Cultural Series features professional and student-driven performances open to the public.
One of several York College Division of Music performance ensembles
Performance Ensembles
The Music division offers a wide variety of ensemble opportunities for student performers, both audition and non-audition based.
Contact Us
Communication and the Arts
Wolf Hall
Phone: 717.815.1354
Hours 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Ken Osowski, D.M.A.
Department Chair
Wolf Hall, Room 206A

Allison Altland
Administrative Assistant
Wolf Hall, Room 206