Welcome to Communication Arts

Welcome! In the Department of Communication Arts, we believe that understanding and experiencing the many facets of performance and communication contribute to a rich and complete humanities education. All our programs integrate academic and practical work to produce the best education in our disciplines.

We currently offer three sets of degree programs and one minor: Communication Studies, Theatre and Performance, Communication Arts and Design Practice and Digital Arts Communication. Our faculty pursue distinct and overlapping areas of work encompassing teaching, research, and creative activity in digital arts communication, theatre theory and practice, and communication as the processes by which people create meaning in communities.

NEW 

The Department of Communication Arts is proud to introduce a new program starting Fall 2021: Communication Arts and Design Practice.

In the Department of Communication Arts, we are working towards futures defined by more just forms of relationality among humans, and between humans and our environments. This new program will communicate concepts that can change discourses and lead to differences in institutional and social or public behaviour. This academic plan is committed to rigorous theoretically-informed practice; project-based, interdisciplinary and collaborative pedagogy; and experiential learning. The central aim of this new program is to integrate critically informed creative design practices with theoretical analysis of multimodal forms of representation and public processes of meaning-making.


The Department of Communication Arts acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as the Neutral), Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. 

  1. Sep. 27, 2022Winter and Spring 2023 Sessional Positions Available

    The Communication Arts department is looking for interested sessional instructors for the Winter and Spring 2023 terms. If you're interested, please email abuchana@uwaterloo.ca your course preferences and if you have any restrictions. Please provide responses to the questions below when responding.

  2. Sep. 22, 2022Prof. Gerald Voorhees Wins SSHRC Connections Grant

    Gerald Voorhees is the principle applicant on a successful SSHRC Connections Grant, “ADE for Games Communities: Enculturing anti-racism, decolonization, equity, diversity, and inclusion (ADE) in games research and creation” that has been awarded $47,300. The grant will fund a year-long knowledge mobilization initiative in collaboration with the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo that consists of a series of 8 speakers and 8 workshophanas (including in-person and online events) taking place over the course of the 2023 academic year. 

  3. Sep. 22, 2022Commissioned Artist, Black And Free (12 positions available)

    Position Title: Commissioned Artist, Black And Free (12 positions available)

    Commissioned by: Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae, Principal Investigator, Black And Free and Associate Professor, University of Waterloo with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Universities and Colleges and the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum (KSWRM).

    Eligibility: Applicant must identify as a Black artist and reside in Ontario, Canada. All ages and stages of artistic practice are welcome to apply. No formal artistic training required.

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The Department of Communication Arts acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as the Neutral), Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. Read more about territorial acknowledgement.