Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts


Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts
Wayne State University
College of Fine, Performing, & Communication Arts
Wayne State CFPCA Logo
Established 1986
Type Public
Dean Matthew W. Seeger
Students ~2,500
Location Detroit, Michigan, USA
Campus Urban
Website http://www.cfpca.wayne.edu/

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Overview

Established in 1986, the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts (CFPCA) at Wayne State University in the Midtown neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan, USA is home to 16 undergraduate, 11 graduate, and 4 certificate programs in Art, Communication, Dance, Music and Theater. These programs are led by faculty, and many of the college's alumni have gained recognition and received accolades for achievements in their fields.[citation needed]

The majority of the CFPCA's classes are offered at the Midtown Campus, but select classes are also offered at Macomb Center, Oakland Center, and online. Students also have the possibility of studying and/or performing abroad. Administrative offices for the College are also located at the Midtown Campus in the Linsell House at 5104 Gullen Mall.

Over 100,000 people attend CFPCA exhibits, lectures, and performances every year, making the College the cultural gateway of Wayne State University and connecting the university's nearly 33,000 students and 2,700 employees to the community and to its museums, galleries, libraries, theaters, and other venues where the approximately 2,500 students of the CFPCA often have opportunities to exhibit, research, and perform. There are also opportunities to intern with some of Metro Detroit's top companies in advertising, public relations, journalism, or other industries.[citation needed]

James Pearson Duffy Department of Art & Art History

A student poses with her self-portrait.
An art student poses with her self-portrait.

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, named for a patron of the arts in Metro Detroit, offers 3 bachelor’s programs and 4 master’s programs along with a challenging Honors Program for undergraduates. The Department has been training artists for more than 90 years and art historians for more than 70. It embraces Wayne State University's urban mission through ongoing exhibitions, lectures, and presentations which appeal to the greater Detroit community. Many of these programs are showcased in the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery and the Art Department Gallery, both which are located on the Midtown Campus in Detroit and both which are within just blocks of the world class Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA).

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Ceramics, Drawing, Fibers, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interdisciplinary Electronic Arts, Interior Design, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture
Bachelor of Arts in Art History
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design and Merchandising

Graduate Programs

Master of Fine Arts in Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing, Fibers, Graphic Design, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture
Master of Arts in Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing, Fibers, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture
Master of Arts in Art History
Master of Arts in Fashion Design and Merchandising

Department of Communication

A WSU CFPCA student operates a switcher during a production.
Students in the Department of Communication get hands-on experience.

The Department of Communication offers 6 bachelor's programs, 3 graduate certificate programs, a master's program with 7 possible concentrations along with a separate master's program in Dispute Resolution, and a doctoral program with 2 possible concentrations. Additionally, the department offers a rigorous Honors Program for undergraduates. The Department is also home to highly regarded speech and debate teams as well as the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity. In addition, the award-winning student newspaper, The South End and the student-run Internet radio station, WAYN are included in the College.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Art in Broadcast Journalism
Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies
Bachelor of Art in Film
Bachelor of Art in Journalism
Bachelor of Art in Media Arts & Studies
Bachelor of Art in Public Relations

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Communication and New Media
Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution
Graduate Certificate in Health Communication

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Communication with emphases in Communication Education, Communication Studies, Dispute Resolution, Journalism, Media Arts and Studies, Public Relations/Organizational Communication, and Speech Communication
Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution

Doctoral Programs
Ph.D. in Communication with emphases in Communication Studies or Media Arts & Studies

Maggie Allesee Department of Dance

A dancer from the Maggie Allessee Dept. of Dance.
Wayne State University dance students gain professional performance experience.

The Maggie Allesee Department of Dance is one of the oldest and most respected dance departments in the U.S., offering concentrations in contemporary modern dance and neo-classical ballet as well as an integrated dance technology curriculum that focuses on quality pre-professional training and dance education. The Department offers 4 bachelors programs, each accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), as well as a rigorous Honors Program. The Department maintains long-term relationships with the Detroit Opera House and the American Ballet Theatre and conducts two annual summer intensives: the American Ballet Theatre Detroit Summer Intensive and Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive. The Department has an impressive Dance Media Center for students who wish to enhance their artistic and educational outcomes as well as a number of dance spaces available for student reservation. Students from the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance have performed at top venues such as the Kennedy Center and been honored by the National College Dance Festival.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Dance Education
Bachelor of Science in Performance
Bachelor of Science in Dance Education



Department of Music

WSU Big Band at Jazz Fest in Detroit.
Department of Music students perform around the community at events such as the Detroit Jazz Festival.

The Department of Music blends traditional and contemporary traditions in the city that's known for Motown and Detroit Techno. The Department offers bachelors and masters degrees for students who desire careers in performance, education, composition, or other areas as a well as a graduate certificate for advanced performers Honors Program. The Department also offers a number of performance groups including the Concert Band and Wind Symphony, coral ensembles, jazz ensembles, University Orchestra, and the Warrior Marching Band, which plays at Adams Field during home [Wayne State Warriors Football] games.

Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Music with seven possible concentrations in Jazz Studies, Music Education (Instrumental or Vocal), Music Business, Music Technology, Performance, or Theory/Composition

Graduate Programs
Master of Arts in Music
Master of Music with concentrations in conducting, performance (vocal, instrumental, jazz), or theory/composition
Graduate Certificate Graduate Certificate in Orchestral Studies

Department of Theatre

An actor in the Dept. of Theatre at Wayne State University.
A student performs in one of the Department of Theatre's numerous annual productions.

The Department of Theatre is an award-winning department that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree divided into two possible curricula, a bachelor of arts program, as well as a master of fine arts program with six possible concentrations, a master of arts program, and a doctoral program. The Department also offers an Honors Program. Performance venues include Wayne State University's historic Bonstelle Theatre; the Hillberry Theatre, which is home to the nation's first and only graduate student repertory theatre company; and The Studio Theatre. The department also has a touring company, and students also may have opportunities to perform with Detroit's professional theatre companies. Detroit theatre district is second only to Broadway in number of theatres.

Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance or Production
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre Studies

Graduate Programs
Master of Fine Arts with specializations in Theatre Administration, Acting, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management, or Costume Design
Master of Arts in General Theatre Studies
Ph.D. in Theatre for Scholar-Directors





Distinguished CFPCA Alumni

Reference List

American Ballet Theatre
American College Dance Festival Association
Art Department Gallery
Bonstelle Theatre
Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit Institute of the Arts
Elaine L. Jacob Gallery
Hilberry Theatre
Maggie Allesee Department of Dance Blog
National Association of Schools of Dance
National honors for Wayne State Dance Company at the Kennedy Center
The South End
Wayne State University
Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing, & Communication Arts [1]
Wayne State University's Speech & Debate Teams
WAYN Radio


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