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. 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

  2. Apr. 8, 2020Speech Communication Award Winners 2019

    We are proud to announce the 2019 winners of the Speech Communication program. Congratulations to all of the winners!

    The Third Year Department Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Speech Communication.

    This award goes to the 3rd year Speech Communication major who has the highest cumulative average.

    Winner: Husneya Nasim

  3. Apr. 8, 2020Christie Digital Award Winners 2019

    Christie Digital Award Winners 2019

    We would like to announce the Christie Digital Award winners for 2020. This competition was open to all students enrolled in the Digital Arts Communication Minor program in the Faculty of Arts and the course DAC 302 in particular.  Students applied with 1 minute videos in teams or individually and prizes ranged from $2,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively.

    This award was made possible by a generous donation from Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc.

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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.