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. Oct. 17, 2019Prof. Danisch podcasts 70+ micro lessons on effective communication practices
    Robert Danisch speaking to student with audio recording equipment

    Communication is about making meaning, says Professor Robert Danisch, department chair of Communication Arts. “You make meaning by producing effects on others. So, it’s about how to produce the right kinds of effects to convey your message or ideas.” In fact, he's making effects on students of communication in the classroom and beyond with a toolbox of learning resources, including his podcast series, Now We’re Talking.

  2. Oct. 9, 2019A Virtually New Stage of Life: A Theatre Student Returns from Prague
    Jessica Bertrand looking through VR goggles

    By Jess Bertrand, Theatre and Performance Major at the University of Waterloo (UW)

  3. Oct. 3, 2019Researchers create a tool to determine the games and user experiences individuals will like
    Group of people sitting on stairs

    Researchers create a tool to determine the games and user experiences individuals will like

    University of Waterloo researchers have developed a novel tool that will enable user experience designers to create more effective, personalized games and marketing campaigns.  

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  1. Nov. 6, 2019Communication Speaks!

    Come out to the Fall Communication Speaks! Colloquium

    Featuring Dr. Sarah Klein and Dr. Anders Bergstrom

    Wednesday, November 6, from 1 - 2:20 PM in HH 334. 

    The event will be in the style of a colloquium. Each speaker will have 20 minutes to present and then there will be 20 minutes for discussion and questions, with some time for informal discussion and conversation at the close. Light refreshements will be provided

  2. Nov. 13, 2019The Seagull - Matinees
    The Seagull poster

    By Anton Chekhov

    Translated by Tom Stoppard

    Directed by Matt White

  3. Nov. 13, 2019Silversides Theatre Artist Series
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     A panel of 3 impassioned speakers will be held Wednesday, November 13th, to discuss the topic of women in theatre. Naila Keleta-Mae of the Communication Arts program at the University of Waterloo has played a crucial role in the construction of this event and will act as moderator for it as well. Dr.

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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.