Why Arts, Media + Culture?

We invite our students to take risks, exploring issues of faith and meaning as well as the boundaries of their disciplines.

Why Arts, Media + Culture?

We invite our students to take risks, exploring issues of faith and meaning as well as the boundaries of their disciplines.

For students interested in pursuing connections between and amongst the arts, SAMC offers an Arts, Media and Culture degree which allows for a variety of possible combinations of courses in art, film, music, and theatre.

The major in Arts, Media and Culture can take several configurations, chosen by the student:

  • students choose 2 or 3 areas of study from the following: Art + Design, Film Studies (Media + Communication), Music, and Theatre
    • if choosing 2 areas, students do a concentration (30 s.h.) in each. Program Details
    • if choosing 3 areas, students do a concentration (30 s.h.) in one, a minor (24 s.h.) in a second, and 6 s.h. in the third. Program Details
  • SAMC 420 (London + Paris Travel Study) is highly recommended in the summer after third or fourth year; it would count as part of the university’s core requirements as an IDIS 400 equivalent/substitute


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Travel Studies

Travel studies allow you to immerse yourself in a different culture. Every moment spent abroad is an opportunity to learn. TWU professors lead the courses, joined by guest speakers who provide a local perspective.

Careers in Arts, Media + Culture
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A degree in communications prepares you for a variety of inspiring careers, in:

  • Journalism
  • Film
  • Television
  • Advertising
  • Public relations

It is also a highly valuable degree in the fields of business, law, and post-graduate education.

Faculty Profiles

E. Ruth Anaya, DLitt et Phil

Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Communication; Media + Communication; School of Business

Lloyd Arnett, PhD

Associate Professor of Theatre

Paolo Bortolussi, DMA

Instructor in Music - Flute

Loranne Brown, MFA

Assistant Professor of Media + Communication

Robert Caldwell, BMus

Instructor in Music - Percussion

Marea Chernoff, MMus

Instructor in Music - Oboe

Gregory Farrugia, BMus

Instructor in Music - Trombone

Tony Gallo, PhD

Instructor in Music - Saxophone, Jazz Combo

Laurel Gasque, MEd

Instructor in Art + Design

Jef Gibbons

Instructor in Music

Erica Grimm, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Art + Design
Joshua Hale

Joshua Hale, MFA

Assistant Professor of Art + Design

Caroline Harder, DMA

Instructor in Music - Voice

Wes Janzen, DMA

Professor Emeritus of Music

Suzanne Klukas, MA

Accompanist and Instructor in Music - Piano

Angela Konrad, MFA

Chair and Professor, SAMC Theatre

Edith Krause, MFA

Instructor in Art + Design

Russell Leng, MFA

Instructor in Art + Design

Michelle Lieffertz, MFA

Instructor in Theatre

Richard Mingus, MMus

Instructor in Music - Horn

Kate Muchmore Woo, MFA, MA

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Edward Norman, GRSM

Accompanist and Instructor in Music - Organ

Kerri Norris, MFA

Instructor in Theatre

Alison Nystrom, MMus

Instructor in Music - Voice

Tim Olsen

Instructor in Music - Guitar

David Rushton, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus of Music

Helma Sawatzky, Ph.D. (cand.)

Instructor in Art + Design

Kevin Schut, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, School of the Arts, Media + Culture; Professor of Media + Communication

David Squires, Ph.D.

Dean, School of the Arts, Media + Culture; Professor of Music; Artistic Director, Verge Conference on the Arts (TWU)

Bill Strom, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Media + Communication

Betty Suderman, DMA

Instructor in Music - Piano

Jon Thompson, DMA

Chair and Assistant Professor, SAMC Music

Allan Thorpe, DMA

Associate Professor of Music; Director of Instrumental Activities

Joel Tranquilla, DMA

Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music

Ned Vankevich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Media + Communication

Elizabeth Volpé Bligh

Instructor in Music - Harp

Heilwig von Koenigsloew, MMus

Instructor in Music - Violin, Viola

Jeff R. Warren, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Music and Interdisciplinary Arts