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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

  • Art Opening: Juried Student Exhibition

    Exhibition Dates:   March 16 - April 6, 2017
    York College Galleries, Wolf Hall
    Reception:  Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

    The exhibition features selected work from YCP students taking courses in fine art and graphic design.  Students submit work for consideration and guest jurors select works that are exceptional, represent our program, and exhibit well together.  Graphic design juror is Jan Conradi, Professor at Rowan University with over 20 years of experience in design education.  Fine art juror is James Johnson, Associate Professor at Moore College of Art.  His art is influenced by Conceptual Art and Minimalism, and encompasses installation, sculpture, and photography and makes reference to architecture and issues surrounding representation, economics, and power.  Awards will be announced at the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Cora Miller Gallery.

  • Chamber Voices

    Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall

    Join us for an informal evening of music-making with York College's smaller ensembles.  Both faculty-led (The Chamber Singers and Voca Bella) and student-led (Rhapsody, etc.) ensembles will present a varied program of a cappella, vocal pop and traditional styles in the intimate setting of DeMeester Recital Hall.  

  • Wind Symphony

    Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3:00 p.m., Waldner Performing Arts Center

    Under the dynamic leadership of conductor James Colonna, the York Wind Symphony is comprised of the College's finest student instrumentalists.  The group performs repertoire spanning a wide range of styles and historical periods.  Marches, British band classics, transcriptions, medleys, and contemporary music are performed every semester.  

    This concert will comprise of modern band literature featuring a new composition by John Berners, "What Bird's See".  The concert will also include music by Timothy Broege, "Sinfonia III", Frank Ticheli's beautiful "Sancturary", and Leonard Bernstein's raucus "Overture to Candide".  

  • Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal

    by Bert V. Royal
    Directed by Josh Schoff '17
    April 5-8, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Perko Theatre

    This off-Broadway parody imagines what would happen to the beloved Peanuts gang if they hit adolescence as Millennials. When Snoopy has to be put down, CB looks to his friends to answer questions about the after-life, but they are too busy partying, bullying and trying to play it cool to worry much about the future. Find out if Charlie Brown is still a good man in this provocative look at what it's like to be a teenager in today's world. This show has adult language and themes.

    To order tickets, please visit Ovation tix:

  • York College Rock Band Concert

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
    DeMeester Recital Hall

    Tired of politics? Tired of winter? Just tired? Come out and enjoy an evening of classic rock, provided by the York College Rock Band (YCRB). Kick back and relax (or jam) to the tunes of Stevie Wonder, Steppenwolf, Toto, the Police, the Beatles, and more! We are also pleased to present a tribute to Pink Floyd!

    It's. Time. To Rock!
    This event is FREE and open to the public.



  • Choral Masterworks

    Choral Masterworks: Fauré’s Requiem and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers – Grace Muzzo, Director
    April 9, 2017, 3:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

    The York College Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Orchestra will perform the Fauré Requiem and selections from Mozart’s Solemn Vespers in St. Paul’s inspiring sanctuary. Fauré’s Requiem is one of the most performed and beloved works from the choral repertoire. 




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.
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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