College of Creative Arts and CommunicationYoungstown State University

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Welcome to the College of Creative Arts and Communication! As you move around Bliss Hall, you will find the College to be a hub of activity featuring events, faculty and student engagement, and a stimulating environment for learning about the arts. The faculty are dedicated to student success and providing hands-on opportunities.

-Michael R. Crist, Ph.D.

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Our Mission

The College of Creative Arts and Communication provides a dynamic learning environment in the creative and communication arts to strengthen and broaden the intellectual and cultural horizons of a diverse community.
The College is dedicated to: 
  • Demonstrating the values and principles inherent to the arts and challenging students to experience and appreciate the various forms of artistic expression.
  • Recognizing scholarship and teaching as integral and interrelated activities of the College demonstrated by a faculty and staff of active artists and scholars, providing a lasting and sustainable contribution to aid students in achieving an enriched and fulfilled life.
  • Utilizing music, visual arts, speech communication, telecommunication, theater, and dance to present a highly visible presence reaching beyond the University community.
  • Creating an innovative environment that cultivates its faculty, staff and students to become leaders in their professional and civic lives.
Our Vision
The College seeks to be a distinguished center, nationally recognized for education in the fine and performing arts. As an outgrowth of that vision, we will continue to offer a varied selection of high quality programming in the creative arts. Central to this intention is the understanding that the creative and communication arts are expressions of our shared humanity, capable of building connections among people and cultures, exploring the human spirit in all of its nuances, revealing new perceptions of our past, present and future, and providing a humanizing force vital to a civil society.

YSU Mission
Youngstown State University—an urban research university—emphasizes a creative, integrated approach to education, scholarship, and service. The University places students at its center; leads in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge; advances civic, scientific, and technological development; and fosters collaboration to enrich the region and the world. Read More
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Youngstown State University Wind EnsembleYoungstown State University Wind Ensemble
Invited to Perform at Carnegie Hall

NOV 27  |  8:00 PM  |  Carnegie Hall in New York

Ten years after its debut at one of the world’s preeminent concert venues, the 55-student Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform again at Carnegie Hall 

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Jazz Combos photoJazz Combos Concert
NOV 30  |  7:00 PM  |  Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center

The concert will feature music by YSU students, Nicholas Jones and Brandon Ritchie, as well as a new arrangement by Christin McKenzie.  Other selections will include music by Kenny Burrell, Clifford Brown, Hank Mobley, and Wayne.

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BFA Exhibition Fall 2015 PhotoFall Graduating BFA Exhibition
 NOV 20 - DEC 12  |  McDonough Museum of Art

See work by students achieving completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

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