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. Nov. 15, 2022Nov 30th: Comm Speaks! with Dr. Momeni & Dr. Martens

    You are warmly invited to the Fall 2022 edition of Communication Speaks! The in-person event takes place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday November 30th in EV1 and features two recent additions to our department: Dr. Mina Momeni and Dr. Reuben Martens.

  2. Nov. 10, 2022Upper-Year Theatre and Performance Winter 2023 Courses

    For those who missed course pre-enrollment, you’re in luck, as we have some great upper-year theatre courses scheduled. Sign up sooner than later, to ensure these sections, only offered every two years, will run!

  3. Nov. 8, 2022Joel Greenberg, Former Professor, Retires as Artistic Director of Studio 180
    Joel Greenberg Headshot

    On October 11th, Toronto’s Studio 180- named after the University of Waterloo’s black box theatre in Hagey Hall, announced that artistic director, Joel Greenberg will be retiring after the current 2022/23 season.

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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.