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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

  • Appell Fellowship Exhibition: Cody Bannon '15

    Cody Bannon: Appell Fellowship Exhibition
    Cora Miller Gallery
    June 8–July 7, 2017
    Opening Reception: June 8, 5:00–7:00 p.m., Wolf Hall Lobby
    Artist Talk: June 8, 6:00 p.m., Cora Miller Gallery

    Cody Bannon was awarded the fifth annual Appell Arts Fellowship, a residency program open to recent YCP graduates that provides housing, parking, studio space, and a stipend. This exhibition is the culmination of a year's worth of artistic production made possible by this fellowship.

    Bannon graduated from YCP in December 2015 with a BA in Graphic Design. He received 2nd Place in the Fall Senior Exhibition for work that included a hand-printed book emphasizing his love of printmaking and automobiles. During his senior year, Bannon served as President of the York College chapter of AIGA and collaborated with The Rooted Artist Collective on the exhibition The Shirt Show. 

  • Typorama 7.0

    Typorama 7.0
    Brossman Gallery
    June 8–July 7, 2017
    Opening Reception: June 8, 2017, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wolf Hall Lobby

     

    What began as an impromptu opportunity to exhibit Typography II final projects has become a York College Galleries tradition. Showcasing the typographic work of students, Typorama demonstrates the varied media use and experimentation of our Graphic Design program. Students engage in wordplay, expression and analysis of form, all in a distinctively letter-based way. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always with the viewer in mind, students challenge themselves to create pieces that push the limits of their creativity, ability and command of language. Graphic Designers at YCP are taught the importance of self-initiated creative work, as an integral part of doing excellent client-driven work. Typorama gives us a peek at the depth and breadth of their inquiry on many levels. 

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
717.815.6655 
kosowski@ycp.edu

Allison Altland
Administrative Assistant
Wolf Hall, Room 206
717.815.1354
aaltland@ycp.edu