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 offer two sets of degree programs and one minor: Speech Communication, Theatre and Performance, 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.


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. 2, 2020Alumni stories: From acting to brewing a business

    Chris Goddard (BA ’01) developed critical business skills at Waterloo – in the theatre program

    Chris Goddard (BA ’01) is the co-founder of Craft Brand Co., a Toronto agency that partners with local brewers to offer globally renowned brews to Ontario beer lovers. In 2019, Craft Brand Co. launched their online store, Bodega, where you can order limited release brews, exclusive offerings and all the classics – and have them delivered anywhere in Ontario.

  2. July 20, 2020Undergraduate Assistant Positions

    Undergraduate Assistant Positions

    Deadline to apply: July 26th

    The Department of Communication Arts is seeking undergraduate assistants to provide grading and instructional support in SPCOM 204 - Leadership, Teams, and Communication and SPCOM 101 – Theories of Communication, to be offered in Fall 2020.

  3. Apr. 14, 2020Theatre and Performance Award Winners 2019

    Theatre and Performance Award Winners 2019

    We are proud to announce the 2019 winners of the Theatre and Performance program. Congratulations to all of the winners!

    The Second Year award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Theatre and Performance.

    This award goes to the 2nd year Theatre and Performance major who has the highest cumulative average.

    Winner: Emily Radcliffe

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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.