The College of the Arts offers more than sixty graduate and undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations through the John J. Cali School of Music, the School of Communication and Media, and the departments of Department of Art and Design and Department of Theatre and Dance.
The John J. Cali School of Music offers a curriculum blending a liberal arts education with the intense musical instruction of a conservatory. Students specialize in the areas of performance, jazz, music education, composition and music therapy, and learn from world-class faculty, including the Shanghai Quartet. Students perform in the elegant Leshowitz Recital Hall, practice on Steinway pianos. The School presents over 200 performances and masterclasses each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Students perform off-campus and on tour in the U.S. and abroad, and may study abroad through international exchange programs in several countries.
Founded in 2012, the School of Communication and Media (SCM) offers a range of dynamic programs in communication and media—including degrees in advertising, communication and media studies, film and television, journalism and digital media, social media and public relations, sports communication, and, in 2022, animation and vfx, as well as an MA in public and organizational relations,. The School houses several co-curricular programs, including WMSC Radio, the Montclarion newspaper, Hawk Communications Agency, the Red Hawk Sports Network, the NewsLab, PRSSA, Lambda Pi Eta, and a newly launched Center for Strategic Communications for social media and data analytics. The School has received several prestigious national awards and nominations, including an Edward R. Murrow Award, several Marconi Award nominations, and a College Television Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The School is home to the Center for Cooperative Media, which serves the public by helping to grow and strengthen local journalism. The School is housed in a new, state-of-the-art teaching and production facility and programs give the School’s over 1300 students the tools they need to succeed in the communication and media industry and help to prepare and inform the next generation of leaders, critical thinkers, and professionals.
Alongside its array of established fine arts concentrations and studio specializations, the Department of Art and Design offers the only BFA in Product Design in N.J., as well as top of the line facilities for its ever popular Fashion Studies BA (which hosts an annual student fashion show and yearly international field trips); a highly competitive Visual Communications Design BFA with annual trips to London and a dual degree program with Seoul National University of Science & Technology; and a growing Animation/Illustration BFA with strong professional ties to the Society of Illustrators.
The Department of Theatre and Dance developed the first programs in Musical Theatre and Dance Education offered in N.J.; recruits students through unified auditions in NYC, Chicago, and LA, as well as on campus; and features stage productions, masterclasses and skills training by renowned directors, actors and choreographers such as Spider-Man choreographer Chase Brock, Tony Award-winning actor/singer Schuler Hensley, and Yale School of Drama director Robert Woodruff. A robust program of field trips to theatres in London, Berlin and Prague, among others, complements the department’s instruction.