Communication and Fine Arts Department Audit
Carl N. Wallnau, Department Chair, Associate Professor Theatre Arts, Director of Centenary Performing Arts Guild
Gary Caal, Associate Professor of Art and Design
Steven Davis, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
Virginia Elsasser, Associate Professor of Fashion, Director of the Honors Program
Thomas Fagerholm , Assistant Professor of Theater Arts & Technical Director, Lackland Center
Deborah Lev, Associate Professor of Communication
Jon Lewis, Studio Operations Manager, CCTV
Leah Antolini Lid, Assistant Professor of Dance
Kristen McKitish, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Merchandising Matthew Mendres, Assistant Professor of Communication
Barbara Pohl, Assistant Professor of Art and Design
Julia Sharp, Instructor of Fashion
Hyo-Chong Yoo, Associate Professor of Art and Design, Associate Director of International Programs
Carol Yoshimine, Professor of Fine Arts
About the Department
The Communication, Theatre, Graphic Art and Professional Design Department offers its students a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Communication and Theatre Arts, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art and Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, and Graphic Design and Multi-Media Arts.
The Art and Design major offers its students a strong hands-on foundation in fine arts, graphic arts technology, and liberal arts. Individual creativity is stressed and encouraged. The program prepares students for graduate and career related study in fine and applied arts, in such areas as painting, printmaking, illustration, computer graphics, photography, and museum/gallery practices. Because of the College's premiere location, students are introduced to the artistic and cultural centers of NYC and Philadelphia. Accordingly frequent trips to museums, galleries, and professional societies are a natural part of the curriculum. Students seeking admission as freshmen and transfers must submit a portfolio of their work demonstrating foundation skills in drawing, color, and design. Ideally, the art portfolio should include between 1-20 pieces of original, quality artwork. Students may submit slides or CD's of their work or they may choose to present their portfolio during a personal interview with an art department faculty member. During the senior year, candidates for the B.F.A. are required to complete a comprehensive senior project. This project usually takes the form of a one-person exhibition in the college gallery. Students must demonstrate artistic competency in 3 mediums, write a thesis statement, and learn the aesthetic, technical, and business aspects of gallery installation.
The Communication major offers its students a strong foundation in print journalism, film, and broadcast media. The curriculum provides for three concentrations - Film Studies, Print Journalism or Radio/TV, from which majors may choose one, according to greatest interest and ability, while the required list of courses stresses training in the journalistic tradition as well as hands-on experience through the College-owned radio station WNTI, HS TV Channel 23 (Centenary College Television), and the production of the College-sponsored newspaper, The Quill and College yearbook, The Hack. Students study media history and regulation and examine media's impact on society. The program also explores nonfiction free-lance writing opportunities, advanced theories and methods in mass media, journalistic ethics, media law, and advertising, as well as critical study of film. The Communication program prepares students for graduate programs in journalism and related studies, and a multitude of careers in print and broadcast media, film, public relations, and corporate communication.
The Fashion degree program contributes to the overall Graphic Art and Professional Design mission by offering career preparation in apparel design, merchandising, and design. Fashion design students are exposed to the processes and procedures to create well designed functional apparel within the consumer driven context of the global fashion industry. Merchandising students will be exposed to the processes and procedures to merchandise apparel and related goods such as home furnishings and accessories. All students will be exposed to Gerber Technology computer aided design software. Students enrolled in the Fashion Design program will take many courses that develop their creativity, marketing sense, and technical skills.
The Graphic Design and Multi-Media Arts major is a comprehensive program designed to educate students interested in creating digital art, in various mediums, intended for print, the Internet, video, and film. The program is designed to serve students interested in digital design and multi-media arts. The program educates students in preparation for the growing careers in digital media. Students are prepared to create and manipulate art intended for print, the Internet, video, and film. The program is firmly rooted into a traditional fine art curriculum requiring students to take courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, art history, and photography.
The Theatre Arts major offers its students a comprehensive, process centered curriculum in the study of theatre. Students may pursue concentrations in Performance Studies, Dance, Technical Theatre and Design, and Production Management. The College's proximity to New York City and the existence of an equity theatre in residence offers students a unique opportunity to develop skills in a professional atmosphere. Students have the opportunity to explore theatre as an academic discipline and participate in acting, technical theatre and theatre production activities through the Centenary Stage Company, join the Equity Membership Candidate program, and earn credits toward acceptance into the Actors Equity Association, the professional union of actors. A minor is also available in Theatre Arts for interested students in other programs.
Communication and Fine Arts Minors
- A Theatre Minor consists of five courses (20 credits) with a minimum of two practicums.