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.

A glimpse under a tree on the main York College campus

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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
October 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.
October 28 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
Join the fairies and dream away the time in this classic Shakespearean comedy reimagined as a 90-minute, high-octane adventure.
Alicia Kosack
October 27 at 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Flutist Alicia Kosack and pianist Kenneth Osowski will perform music from Ian Clarke’s Spiral Lament to Anne Boyd’s Bali Moods.
York College Rock Band: Black Sabbath
October 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
The York College Rock Band will perform Heavy Metal music as a tribute to the Black Sabbath band.
York County Arts Scholars Exhibition (YCASE 2.0)
November 2 - 11, 2017
Marketview Arts
The York Community Art Scholars Exhibition (YCASE) showcases juried finalist work from York area high schools.
Judah Adashi
The Music of Judah Adashi
November 4 at 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Music Composer Judah Adashi will perform music inspired by pop and soul that varies from Björk to Nina Simone.
Paul Rucker: Rewind
November 8 - December 20, 2017
York College Galleries
Amy Boone-McCreesh’s exhibition expresses human relationships through the use of texture, color, and spatial awareness.
Speech & Debate
November 9-10 at 7:30 p.m.
November 11 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Perko Black Box Theatre
Stephen Karam’s contemporary comedy follows three misfit teens who band together to form a speech and debate club after a scandal threatens to disrupt their small town.
Tempus Fugit
Tempus Fugit: Reflections on the Passing of Time
November 12 at 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
In this performance, York College’s Chamber Singers and Voca Bella will reflect on the theme, “time passing” by performing the music of current American composers.
Johannes Brahms
November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
In this recital, the York Chamber Players will perform Johannes Brahms’ Neue Liebesliederwalzer.
Wind Symphony 2016 Concert
November 19 at 3 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
The York College Wind Symphony will perform an assortment of medleys, current music, and British classics.

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