Welcome to Communication Arts

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.

Our most recent addition is the Communication Arts and Design Practice degree. 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. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is coordinated within the Office of the Indigenous Relations.

News

Friday, December 17, 2021

Humanities Theatre Upgrades

Over the lockdown(s), the Humanities Theatre in Hagey Hall quietly changed hands from being centrally managed for all its years of operation to Faculty of Arts management. Given its location and name, many might have assumed the theatre had always lived under the administrative umbrella of Arts, but that’s not the case — until now.

Dr. Lennart Nacke, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Director of the HCI Games Group, was awarded $350,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in the Active and Assisted Living Program as a Canadian partner to fund EXERGETIC, a research program aiming to develop innovative digital solutions that utilize exercise games (Exergames) to improve physical and cognitive functions. EXERGETIC researchers will create exergame training experiences in an ecologically valid and safe setting for geriatric populations, called the ExerCube.