Mission, Vision and Goals


The mission of the College of the Arts and Communication at William Paterson University is to provide leadership by ensuring a lively and significant presence and integral role for the fine, liberal, communicative, and performing arts in

  • the education of students who seek to become professionals in the fields of arts and communication,
  • the education of all students, in the best tradition of liberal education, and
  • the cultural life of the university and of the broader surrounding community.

The unifying mission for the various departments of the college is the provision of a high-level, expert and productive ground for learning and a supporting environment for insightful creativity.

The College serves the educational mission of the University in a particular way. Students who enter the professional degrees in art, communication and music benefit from a competitive curriculum; dedicated studios, labs, equipment and instruments; and faculty greatly involved in their professional fields. At the same time, these students benefit from the resources (personnel, library, facilities and ambience) of a full and comprehensive university. They are able to hone their skills and understanding of their chosen fields in the context of a learning community, which can provide and expect both substance and relevance in a setting that also demonstrates what it teaches, by exhibitions, performances, and broadcasts.


The College of the Arts and Communication is a dynamic community dedicated to knowledge of, production in, and communication about and through the fine, liberal, performing and communicative arts. This College is ‘the creative face of the university’ towards the community: with a joint purpose of university participation and community outreach, it offers innovative and comprehensive programming of outstanding quality and multicultural reach that represents a variety of artistic disciplines and modes of expression.

Creativity is of value in a university setting for the insight it provides into the human condition, into the culture and values that inspire and sustain society and into the context in which learning, discoveries and technological advances are judged and promoted. Creativity is also important in its forward-leaning purpose, of showing what may be.

While creativity is evident in the work of the University as a whole and in all of its academic units, knowledge is their primary focus, through a dedication to teaching and learning. The academic departments in the College of the Arts and Communication are similarly dedicated to knowledge, but with an equivalent focus on creativity. This emphasis on creativity places the College in a unique position in the university.

Creativity and knowledge are also characteristic of the presenting departments. But while knowledge plays an important role in programming choices, in the professional presentation of programs, and indeed as an intended result, the efforts of the presenting departments are directed towards insight: giving ‘body’ or ‘presence’ to knowledge, in its broadest sense. Because the arts offer individuals new insight into the familiar and the possible, the role of the arts and communication in society is one of leadership. In that sense, the mission of the College is also one of leadership.


Complementary learning objectives and educational outcomes as well as administrative policies bind Visual Art, Music, and Communication into a coherent whole. In regards to the fine, liberal, communicative and performing arts, the goals of the College of the Arts and Communication are:

  • To foster creativity and excellence throughout the William Paterson University community.
  • To encourage communication in, through, and about these disciplines
  • To provide the educational community and the general public with opportunities to learn about, experience, and participate in these disciplines
  • To assure the future of these disciplines by supporting and training leaders
  • To ensure that opportunities for these disciplines are available to and reflective of members of diverse communities and cultures.