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.

  1. Aug. 26, 2019Professor Henry Svec awarded SSHRC grant

    Congratulations to Professor Henry Svec who was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant of $50, 698 for a research project entitled "Entangling the Media History Archive: String Figures as Imaginary Media." 

  2. June 18, 2019Tim Paci Wins 2018 Outstanding Performance Award

    Celebrate the 2018 Outstanding Performance Award recipients

    "I am very pleased to announce the award recipients for 2018, and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them for their outstanding contributions to the University of Waterloo," writes Vice-President, Academic & Provost Jim Rush. 

  3. June 13, 2019A Virtually New Stage of Life: One Theatre student's trip abroad to Prague
    Jessica Bertrand outside in a stand of trees with VR goggles

    What makes a performance and design compelling? In recent years there has been an exploratory focus on the opportunities virtual and mixed realities present to the entertainment world, and theatre is no exception.

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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.