College of Fine Arts & Mass Communication

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The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication is housed in the award-winning James & Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center , which opened in the Fall of 2010. The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication combines the Departments of Art, Dance, Mass Communication, Theatre & Musical Theatre, and the School of Music - five outstanding departments - into one dynamic college that seeks to inspire, educate, and graduate creative artists and media professionals.

The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication is enthusiastic about embracing the future and incorporating state-of-the-art facilities with unique and cutting edge programming. Ranging from the traditional to the experimental, students can explore new frontiers in all their creative endeavors. From digital media to film to animation, broadcast journalism to public relations to graphic design, from choreography to composition to conducting, or from stage management to scene design to acting, students can find themselves at Sam Houston.

Administrative Officers

DeanRonald Shields, Ph.D.; (936) 294-2771
Associate DeanBrian Miller, D.M.A.; (936) 294-1117
Associate DeanWayne Barrett, D.M.A.; (936) 294-2773
Department of ArtMichael Henderson, M.F.A., Chair; (936) 294-1318
Department of Dance*Jennifer Pontius, M.F.A., Chair; (936) 294-1300
Department of Mass Communication*Jean Bodon, Ph.D., Chair; (936) 294-1419
School of Music*Scott Plugge, D.M.A., Director; (936) 294-2250
Department of Theatre and Musical TheatrePenelope A. Hasekoester, M.F.A., Chair; (936) 294-1330

Academic Programs

*Three of the five academic units in the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication currently have graduate programs:

  • Department of Dance
  • Department of Mass Communication
  • School of Music

College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication Graduate Degrees

Major, DegreeDepartment
Dance, MFADance
Digital Media, MAMass Communication
Music, MMSchool of Music
Band Conducting, MASchool of Music