Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC).

I invite you to learn about the opportunities at Towson University in Art and Design, Art History, Dance, Electronic Media and Film, Mass Communication, Communication Studies, Music, Theatre, and teacher education in Art, Dance and Music.

COFAC has more than more than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students supported by about 100 full-time talented and energetic faculty, 200 part-time professionals who enjoy sharing their expertise with students, and more than 30 dedicated staff. COFAC students learn, create, work, rehearse, and perform in five buildings on campus, including the Media Center and the recently renovated 300,000 square-foot Center for the Arts. In the Media Center we are upgrading the television studio to HD. We already have a ProTools HD audio studio and HD video editing suites. Last year we created an HD Surround Sound auditorium in Van Bokkelen Hall. In the Center for the Arts renovation we added a new music recital hall, black box theatre, four dance studios, and an MFA art gallery. The facilities and the resources at Towson University in general, and at COFAC in particular, provide a treat for everyone who works here or visits.

Throughout the year we offer events and activities like these:

- a daily campus television show
- public debates
- at least 26 student films
- 8 to10 art exhibitions
- more than 100 music performances
- no less than 4 main stage plays
- about 17 dance events

We intentionally keep our graduate classes small for our Master of Fine Arts programs in art and theatre, as well as our master's degree programs in communication studies and music performance. COFAC welcomes a diverse student body from our region and beyond, our interdisciplinary work is widely applauded, and our graduates are making amazing accomplishments.

We sponsor the Asian Arts & Culture Center, Community Dance, the Community Arts Center, and the Arts Integration Institute. We also co-sponsor the Baltimore Urban Debate League, the Baltimore Stories website, WMJF television, as well as the Dance Team, among other programs.

As you see, COFAC is a vibrant and busy college. Thank you for visiting us, and please look through our website to see all the many courses, programs, activities, and events that COFAC has to offer.

Susan E. Picinich, Dean
College of Fine Arts and Communication