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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

  • Campus Sexual Assault-related Exhibition

    Campus Sexual Assault-related Exhibition in the Gallery 

    The exhibition 20 minutes of action in 20 years of life will be on view from November 28 - December 20 in the York College Galleries. This video and sound art piece by Baltimore-based artist Paul Rucker powerfully explores the subject of campus sexual assault, referring specifically to the Brock Turner case at Stanford University. 

    Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who combines media, often integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding a subject. 

    For more information about artist Paul Rucker: www.paulrucker.com 

    For more information about this exhibition, please email Gallery Director Matthew Clay-Robison at mclayrob@ycp.edu.

  • The Fall 2016 Graphic Design & Fine Art Senior Exhibition "Simulmotum"

    Exhibition Dates & Locations:
    December 9-20, 2016, Cora Miller Gallery, Wolf Hall

    Senior Presentations:
    December 9, 2016, 5:00 PM, DeMeester Recital Hall, Wolf Hall

    Opening Reception:
    December 9, 2016, 5:45 PM, Wolf Hall Lobby

    The Fall 2016 Graphic Design and Fine Art Senior Exhibition entitled, Simulmotum, features the work of six Graphic Design and Fine Art seniors in their final semester at York College.  The students present their senior projects, demonstrating the artistic and conceptual growth they have achieved in the Fine Art and Graphic Design programs before leaving to pursue careers as professionals.  

    The Art Division faculty votes for the projects they feel have the strongest concept, design, and aesthetic.  Awards will be given to three recipients at 5:45 PM in the Cora Miller Gallery.





  • A Christmas Carol

    Adapted by Suzanne Delle, MFA, from the story by Charles Dickens
    December 8-10, 2016, 10 a.m., Waldner Performing Arts Center

    It's time to get in the holiday spirit with York College’s annual student matinee production of the classic story, A Christmas Carol. Join the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future as they transform Ebenezer Scrooge from a lonely miser into someone who truly understands the joy of the season. This 45-minute version is perfect for families of all ages.  

  • Musical Theatre Cabaret

    Join students from the YCP Musical Theatre Workshop as they present a cabaret performance on Friday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Marketview Arts in downtown York. The cabaret will feature solos, duets, and group numbers spanning a century of musical theatre. Selections will include Cole Porter's 1934 hit "You're the Top" from Anything Goes, the comical and clever duet "What is this Feeling" from Wicked, and the elegant soliloquy "Left Behind" from the 2006 Tony Award winner Spring Awakening. This FREE event will begin at 7:30 in the beautiful 3rd floor Gallery Hall at Marketview Arts, opening with a short performance by the YCP student ensemble Enharmonix.
    The concert will be performed amidst the York Art Association's Preserved Lands Art Exhibit currently on display throughout December.


  • Holiday Festival Concert


    Sunday, December 11, 2016
    3:00 PM, DeMeester Recital Hall

    York College's most popular concert!  This annual holiday musical performance features the York College Chorale and Wind Symphony, under the direction of Grace Muzzo and James Colonna.  Bring your family and enjoy the holiday spirit with both secular and sacred music of the season, topped off with an audience sing-along at the conclusion of this festive program.

    Holiday Concert

  • Student Piano Recital "All That Jazz"

    Monday, December 12, 2016, 7:30 PM
    DeMeester Recital  Hall

    Students from the York College Division of Music and York College Preparatory Community Music School will present a recital of jazz-related works, including ragtime, Gershwin, and others.

  • York College Community Orchestra

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:30 PM
    Waldner Performing Arts Center

    Conducted by Dr. James Colonna, the York College Community Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra.  Teh group includes music majors, non-music majors, and musicians from York and the surrounding area.  This program will feature both major symphonic works and lighter  classics. This is event is FREE and open to the public.


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