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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

  • Visiting Artist: Helen Zughaib: Arab Spring (Unfinished Journeys)

    Helen Zughaib:  Arah Spring (Unfinished Journeys)
    October 20 - November 22, 2016
    York College Galleries

    Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon but left in 1975 as her country descended into civil war. Zughaib’s concern for those affected by war and violence, particularly women, is a major theme in her work. Her "Weeping Women" series began in the wake of Israel's 2006 attack on Lebanon and her "Witness" series followed her experiences as U.S. Cultural Envoy to Palestine in 2008. This exhibition reflects Zughaib's response to the complexity of the Arab Spring and its aftermath, capturing the initial optimism while lamenting the lives lost and fractured in the violence that followed. Above all, Zughaib aims to combat stereotypes and dispel misconceptions. 


  • You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised)

    You're  A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised)
    October 26-29, 2016, 7:30 PM, Perko Theatre

    Based on the Comic Strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
    With additional songs by Andrew Lippa
    Directed by Dr. Erin Lippard

    Spend a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang in this lighthearted, family-friendly musical.  Will Lucy get Schroeder to stop playing the piano long enough to kiss her?  Will Snoopy shoot down the infamous Red Baron?  Will Linus give up his blanket?  And will the little Red-Haired girl ever look in Charlie Brown's direction?  Discover what happiness is in this funny and touching modern musical. 

    To reserve your tickets, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/d/pa--york/charlie-brown/?mode=search or by calling 717.600.3868.




  • Faculty/Guest Artist Recital: Fortunata Trio

    Faculty/Guest Recital:  Fortunata Trio
    Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:30 PM, DeMeester Recital Hall

    The Fortunata Trio – Alicia Kosack, flute; Laura Armstrong, clarinet; Kimberly Buchar Nolet, bassoon – celebrate the joy and good fortune of performing chamber music as good friends and strive to promote this unusual medium. Their performances have included recitals at Dickinson and York Colleges, and they have also performed at the National Flute Association’s convention in New Orleans in August of 2013. The Fortunata Trio presents unique programs that have recently featured works by women composers, Latin American composers, and a variety of 20th century and classical composers. For more information on the group, please visit: www.fortunatatrio.com.

  • Wind Symphony Concert

    Sunday, November 6, 2016, 3:00 PM
    Waldner Performing Art Center

    The York College Wind Symphony will be performing their fall semester concert on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the Waldner Performing Arts Center.  Music by Gustav Holst, John Phillip Sousa, John Mackey, Aaron Copland and P.I. Tchaikovsky will be featured.  We invite you to enjoy Holst's magnificent "First Suite in Eb" as well as American composer Aaron Copland's "Down a Country Lane", recalling a walk in fall foliage on the US East Coast.  Admission is free and open to the public.  


  • Music Industry Panel Discussion

    Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:30 PM (reception beginning at 7:00 PM)
    Weinstock Lecture Hall 

    The music industry is constantly changing.  New technology creates an ever-changing paradigm, leaving business and legal experts struggling to keep pace.  Both students and professionals must remain current and forward-thinking, as they attempt to navigate the new landscape.  What is the future of popular music?  How will music be produced and consumed in the next 10 years?  What about copyright, licensing, and other sectors of the entertainment industry?  Our experts will discuss music publishing, live events, and the record industry. The panel will include Chad Taylor (founding member and guitarist for rock band LIVE); David Sestak (founder of Media Five Entertainment and manager for the bands LIVE and Fuel); Anne Sturm (General Manager, Strand -Capitol Performing Arts Center): and Brad Prendergast (Senior Counsel for Licensing & Enforcement, SoundExchange, Inc.).


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