Wayne State University

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Wayne State University's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) is the cultural gateway between the campus and Detroit as well as Southeast Michigan and beyond.  Over 100,000 audience members attend CFPCA's events on campus every year.  Many of the hundreds of plays, concerts and recitals, art shows and artist demonstrations that happen each year throughout CFPCA are free of charge or are available to students at a discount.

Right on campus, students enjoy:
* Plays at the Bonstelle Theatre, the Hilberry Theatre or the Studio Theatre downstairs at the Hilberry;
* Music concerts in the Community Arts Auditorium of the Community Arts Building and the Schaver Music Recital Hall in Old Main;
* Dance performances in the Maggie Allesee Studio Theatre in Old Main;
* Art exhibits at the Community Arts Gallery in the Community Arts Building and the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery in Old Main;
* Communication's annual Summer Doctoral Seminar, Bernard Brock Memorial Lecture, Hank Marx Memorial Lecture, annual Journalism Day and Communication Studies Day;
* Visiting artist and visiting scholar lectures.

Always know what's going on in the arts at http://events.wayne.edu/cfpca

Why choose the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts?

  • 16 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs
  • Nationally and internationally renowned faculty
  • Students learn by doing, through performances, concerts, exhibitions, internships and more
  • Nationally accredited programs in dance, music and theatre
  • Study and performance abroad opportunities
  • The latest tools:  specialized computer labs, electronic newsrooms, dance media center, Pilates studios, digital music recording studio, digital video production facilities and editing suites, digital sound and lighting equipment and much more
  • Nationally prominent graduate programs
  • National champion debate team
  • Journalism Institute for Media Diversity
  • Advantageous Metro Detroit location for internships in advertising, public relations, newspapers and national broadcast network affiliates
  • Steps from Detroit's world-class museums and a short drive to major performance venues

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Departments and Programs



Auditions/Portfolio Review

  • Dance and Music:  In addition to being admitted to the university, you must complete a successful audition to be admitted to degree programs.
  • Theatre:  In addition to being admitted to the university, you must complete a successful audition/portfolio review after completing core courses in the Department of Theatre to be admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

Talent Scholarships

  • High school seniors or recent high school graduates with talent in ArtDebate, Dance, Music or Theatre may wish to apply for the Talent Scholarship, which provides funds approximately equal to half of the cost of tuition. 

Financial Aid

  • Aside from the Talent Scholarship, most other department scholarships are awarded to students once they are studying in their majors.  These scholarships are listed on each department's website:  Art and Art History, Communication, Dance, Music and Theatre.
  • For general information about Financial Aid at Wayne State University, click here.
  • For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Aid at Wayne State University, click here.

Admissions for undergraduate and graduate students

Check out the college's calendar of events.

International Students

Transfer Credit

  • Enter courses from another institution here and see how they transfer to Wayne State University.
  • Click here to view transfer admissions to Wayne State.
  • Click here to view community college transfer plans to Wayne State.
  • Click here to view formal articulation agreements between Wayne State and specific programs at Community Colleges.
  • Click here to view community college scholarships at Wayne State.
  • Click here to view a list of advising resources for transfer students.
  • Click here for student financial aid information for transfer students.

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