The College of Communication and Fine Arts is focused ultimately upon visual and audible
symbols, whose rational and emotional values it is the mission of the college to create
and explore. In the belief that perception is largely shaped by experience, The College
of Communication and Fine Arts offers a range of symbolically rendered experiences,
both individual and collective, in the hope of broadening and sensitizing the perceptions
of its students.
The kind of symbolic experience that communicates emerges when, in Ruskin's phrase,
"the hand, the head and the heart of man go together." Students in The College of
Communication and Fine Arts receive individual and small group instruction toward
this end. In the hope of furthering the capacity to impose a pattern on experience
and to recognize the patterns offered by others, students of the college are exposed
additionally to courses drawn from a broad base of the liberal arts.
The faculty of the college represents a diversity of academic and artistic backgrounds
and interests, reflected not only in its teaching, but also in research and creative
activities. It is a faculty united in the attempt to maintain the highest standards
in both classroom and studio work, standards that find their limits at last only in
the mystery and wonder of the human experience from which they rise.