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Theatre and Communication Arts

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Put Your Career into Play with a Theatre and Communication Arts Degree from Gannon University

    You’re a content creator, a message maker, a storyteller. Whether you are in front of or behind the scenes, you can inspire an audience in exciting ways. If this is you, Gannon’s theatre and communication arts program can help you hone your skills in writing, producing, working in teams and thinking outside the box, and put these passions at center stage through careers in the arts, media and much more.

    • Begin building your impressive resume from day one in the program.
    • Program flexibility lets you explore various fields including our new minor in innovation and creativity.
    • Learn from faculty who've trained with legendary talents across the globe, performed internationally and hold MFA degrees.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Theatre and Communication Arts

    • Gain the skills needed to become exceptional artists and communicators and excel in plays, musicals, journalism and broadcast media.
    • Engage in all aspects of performance, promotion and production.  
    • Learn to connect with others and create and interpret messages to be shared and experienced by audiences.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Engage in digital audio and video production, graphic design, studio art, advertising and public relations, theatre design and performance, journalism and mass media communication.  
    • Perform, design and experience the Schuster Theatre’s black box-style performance space.  
    • Discover real-world internship, performance and production opportunities all within the heart of Erie’s arts and innovation district. 

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key courses including:

    Digital Drawing: Learn to morph and enhance photographic images in new and exciting ways. 

    Improvisation:A course not just for “chuckles” (but still a lot of fun), improv develops skills in acting and thinking on your feet. Learn to trust and be trusted, and how to say “yes” when the opportunity arises. 

    Professional Internship in TV/Radio/Theatre:  Apply your classroom skills to the real world. You could be a floor manager for the evening news, light board for a local theater, and more. 

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Gannon’s theatre and communication arts program will provide you with an array of opportunities so you can:

    • Secure exciting careers with large international performing arts and media centers, independent studios, network affiliates and more.  
    • Work in acting and directing; advertising or corporate communication; audio and visual production; copywriting; scenic, lighting, sound and digital animation stage design; film and television; education; media law; journalism; nonprofit administration; public relations and more.
    • Earn an annual median wage of $40,000 - $60,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
Chloe Forbes

Chloe Forbes School of Communication and Arts

“The faculty and staff in the School of Communication and the Arts have challenged me to step outside my comfort zone and develop my potential as a young creative mind.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.