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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. Download a transcript of this video.

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

  • Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded: A Century of White Women 1915-2015

    Exhibition Dates:  January 16-February 18, 2017, York College Galleries

    Hank Willis Thomas explores notions of virtue, power, beauty, privilege, and desire by selecting advertising portrayals of white women between1915-2015 and removing text or logos identifying the product being sold. He said, "I think what happens with ads when we put text and logos on them, we do all of the heavy lifting of making them make sense to us. But when you see the image naked or unbranded, you start to really ask questions. That's why we can almost never tell what it's actually an ad for because ads really aren't about the products. It's about what myths and generalizations we could attach and the repetition of imagery of a certain type."

    Artist Lecture & Reception:  February 9, 2017, 5:30 PM, DeMeester Recital Hall

    Photo conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas works primarily with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. His work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R.  Guggenheim Museum, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed permanently at the Oakland International Airport, The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, The Oakland Museum of California, and the University of California, San Francisco. He was recently appointed to the Public Design Commission for the City of New York. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.

    Visit his website:  http://www.hankwillisthomas.com/

  • Guest Artist Recital: Franz Schubert's "Die Schone Mullerin"

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7:30 PM, DeMeester Recital Hall

    Guest artists Jeffrey Fahnestock (tenor) and Naomi Niskala (piano) will perform Franz Schubert’s famous song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:30 p.m. in DeMeester Auditorium.  The composer’s earliest cycle is comprised of 20 songs telling the story of the unrequited love of a young journeyman who falls in love with a miller’s daughter. One of Schubert’s most important works, Die Schöne Müllerin is a composition of equal partnership with the piano and voice, intimately telling the story with music and words.  The cycle will be performed in its entirety in German with translations provided.   


  • Guest Concert: Mix Vocal Group

    February 3, 2017, 7:30 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall

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

    MIX is a coed collegiate group of eight singers from the University of Colorado, Denver. Since its formation in 2012, the group has toured steadily through the United States and overseas, most recently in Denmark. They have won awards in competitions such as SoJam, BOSS awards, Mile High Vocal Jam, and the ICCA West. Success at these competitions has earned them an audition for Season Four of "The Sing Off", as well as performances at the National A Cappella Conference in Memphis, TN, where they opened for the renowned Swingle Singers. MIX is known for their diversity and theatricality, bringing a fresh, storytelling perspective to contemporary a cappella. For more information, please visit: www.mixvocalgroup.com




  • Faculty/Guest Concert: Jeff Stabley and Friends

     February 12, 2017, 3:00 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall 

    Drummer Jeff Stabley, who directs the jazz program at York College, is a fixture in the area’s music scene. He regularly performs with the region's best jazz musicians, including saxophonist Tim Warfield, bassist Steve Meashey, and pianists Steve Rudolph and Kirk Reese.  This performance will feature vocalist Dred "Perky" Scott,  jazz pianist, Steve Rudolph, bassist Hassan A. Shakur (J.J. Wiggins) and drummer Jeff Stabley.

    For information about the artists, please click here.  Jeff Stabley and Friends


  • Faculty Artist Recital: Kenneth Osowski, piano

    Friday, February 17, 2017, 7:30 PM
    DeMeester Recital Hall

    Dr. Kenneth Osowski serves as Assistant Professor of Music (Piano/Music Theory) and Chair of the Department of Communication and the Arts at York College of Pennsylvania. He will present a solo piano recital of varied repertoire, including music by Scarlatti, Schumann, Ravel, and others.





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