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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.

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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

  • Jazz Ensemble

    York College Jazz Ensemble – Jeff Stabley, Director
    April 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall 

    The York College Jazz Ensemble performs a wide variety of music by the jazz greats, including Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. Students are featured in both written arrangements and spontaneous improvisations. The ensemble performs in various jazz idioms, including swing, bebop, and fusion.

  • The Drowsy Chaperone

    The Drowsy Chaperone
    Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
    Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
    Directed by Erin Lippard

    April 27, 28, 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
    Waldner Performing Arts Center

    When a keen theatre enthusiast shares his favorite cast album with the audience, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of five Tony awards, The Drowsy Chaperone is a laugh-out-loud musical that pokes fun at all the idioms that typify the musical theatre genre. A lovingly sarcastic homage to the jazz age musical comedy, it has all the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

    There will be no intermission.

    To order tickets, please visit Ovation tix:

  • Spring Senior Art Exhibition

    April 28 - May 6, 2017
    Presentations:  April 28, 5:30 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall
    Opening Reception:  April 28, 6:30 p.m., Wolf Hall Lobby

    The exhibition features the work of students from the Division of Art in their final semester of study at YCP. Seniors majoring in Fine Art display final bodies of work, often organized around cohesive thematic and/or formal concerns. Seniors majoring in Graphic Design exhibit final projects, which began with the introduction of a common design problem that each senior interprets individually. The students work collectively during their final semester to refine their creative vision and learn to present themselves and their work in a professional manner. This process culminates with the Senior Presentations and Exhibition. 

  • Student Piano & Chamber Music Recital: Waterworks

    May 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall

    Students from the York College Division of Music and the York College Preparatory Community Music School will present a recital of music inspired by water, in its many forms: rain, ice, snow, rivers, oceans, and others.





  • York College Community Orchestra

    Saturday, May 6, 2017, 3:00 PM
    Waldner Performing Arts Center

    The York College Community Orchestra will be performing a concert featuring student Jacob Rivers along with faculty member Rachel Kauffman on Antonio Vivaldi's double concerto for two cellos and orchestra. The afternoon will include "Finlandia" by Jean Sibelius and ballet music from Jules Massenet's "Le Cid". 

    This 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
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