Mission

Dr. Jeffrey H. Huberman, Dean

The Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts aspires to offer outstanding regional, national, and international programs in Art, Communication, Interactive Media, Music, and Theatre Arts and is committed to

  • a humane, equitable, and intellectually stimulating environment for faculty and students,
  • dynamic academic programs that prepare students and faculty for opportunities in the next century,
  • cultural diversity among students and faculty,
  • creative diversity in the academic and co-curricular programs of the College,
  • innovative collaborative initiatives with colleagues throughout the world,
  • collaboration of students and faculty on projects in research and creative production,
  • international study and scholarship,
  • the technology to support College programs, and
  • external interactions that provide professional development and career opportunities for faculty and students.

Values: What we believe

Understanding the Creative Process: A respect for imagination and the creativity that enables its communication; an understanding of the relationships among talent, skill, and practice; a commitment to the exploration of interrelationships among the disciplines of our college.

Diversity and Independence: Recognition of the great strength in the diversity of our disciplines: 

Understanding the communication process including knowledge of the broad field that constitutes modern communication encompassing historical, theoretical, literary, oral, and technological; knowledge of, and experience in, public expression in a cultural context.

Knowledge and appreciation of the arts including the importance of the variety of artistic expression; participation in making art as well as in studying historical perspective, theoretical analysis, and critical review; and understanding the nature of symbolic expression.

Mentoring: The special method of teaching and learning creative disciplines.

Collaboration: The methodology for much of our creative work and that which enables the communication process.

Purpose: Our focal points

Imagination: Making mental images of how reality might be.

Creativity: The ability to manifest those images.

Communication: The process of conveying the creations to others.

Results: What we will be in terms of outcomes, processes, and people

Teaching: Graduates characterized by knowledge of and achievements in imagination, creativity, and communication; general-education students who gain appreciation of the fine arts and creativity and basic skills in communication.

Scholarship: distinguished creative production and research and publication.

Service: cultural leadership; a refined public image for the University.

Processes: We practice our disciplines independently and create interdisciplinary forums as they serve our programs.  Co-curricular programs are laboratories for student development and faculty scholarship.  Interaction with external constituents provide important internship experiences.  Active international and multicultural programs ensure that students are prepared for lives as global citizens.

People: Faculty who have a dedication to imagination, creativity, and communication; who possess or show promise of excellent records of ongoing research or creative production; who maintain a professional network to assist students in future study and employment decisions.

Administrators with commitment to creative talent, clearly articulated philosophies of leadership, backgrounds in international programs, proven leadership skills, strong institutional commitment, and respect for shared governance;  facilitators who are consensus builders, spokespersons for the programs of the College, and who promote faculty achievement and ensure open environments for artistic and intellectual expression.

Liaisons who provide assessment of programs, professional perspectives and internship, co-op, service-learning, and career opportunities for students.

Guest artists and lecturers who complement the faculty by providing expert demonstrations, creations, performances, and viewpoints essential to education in communication and fine arts.