College of Fine Arts and Communication

  • painting class at Lamar University

    Lamar University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Earn a B.F.A. in Graphic Design or Studio Art or a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design or Art Education.

  • broadcasting

    The Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Science in Communication for students interested in the study of - and careers in - advertising, broadcasting, corporate communication (including public relations), film and journalism.

  • American Sign Language

    The Department of Deaf Studies prepares American Sign Language teachers and interpreters, teachers of Deaf children from early childhood to secondary levels, as well as university professors and administrators.

  • Wind Ensemble Concert

    Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music offers four undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees.

  • Speech Clinic

    LU's Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences supports instruction, research and service, and offers degrees at undergraduate through doctoral levels.

  • Boeing Boeing production photo by Lynn Lane

    Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Theatre & Dance may select an emphasis in acting, dance, or technical theatre.


The college has six academic departments:

Communication & Media
Deaf Studies & Deaf Education
Speech & Hearing Sciences
Theatre & Dance


View a virtual tour of LU's campus, starting at the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. 

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College of Fine Arts and Communication students recognized during Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Lamar University’s Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence recognized more than 200 students for academic excellence. Forty students from the College of Fine Arts and Communication were honored.

The first-time event celebrated those students who qualified for the President’s list by maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, and students who qualified for the Deans’ list with grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher.

Students from the College of Fine Arts and Communication who were honored include:
Dejea Blade, Erica Craft, Amber Jones, Katasa Ortega, Ciarra Yarbrough, Larissa Youngblood, Chelsea Coleman, Jurnee Dennis, Phyllis McCall, Riquerra Broadnax, Ayanna Edwards, Maya Mcleod, Jayna Perkins, Joya Polk, Anthony Watson, Sualy Jones, Evan Williams, Webster Slaughter, Kiara Desamours, Zion Diggles, Tiah Fance, Milton Holmes, Chastadie Barrs, Kennedy Smith, Amari Vann, John Jones, Cedric Lyons, Deja Owens, Brea Marshall, Jonathan Leggington, Melissa Dufort, De’vionne Jones, Chelsea Clark, Meagan Cooper, Michaela Jackson, Osha Jones, Lekeisha Oliver, Niondau Williams, Darreyl Landry and Sydney Haygood.

“We had 40 students from the College of Fine Arts and Communication recognized for their excellence during Black History Month,” said Derina Holthausen, dean of the college. “I am very proud of their accomplishments and being recipients of this Academic Excellence Award.”

Extravagant traditions: Museum explores the homecoming mum through photography exhibit

The Port Arthur News - An art exhibit at Lamar University is spotlighting the bigger and better tradition of the not-so-humble Texas mum. Read More

Small life on big stage: Lamar professor uses microbial diseases in dress and dance

The Port Arthur News - Art is inspired by many things in life, including those too small to see with the naked eye.

Cherie Acosta of Lamar’s Department of Theatre and Dance helped bring the microscopic world of cellular diseases to vivid display through a combination of dress and dance. Read More

Speech & Hearing Sciences Receives $397,800 NIH Grant for Tinnitus Research

Vinaya Manchaiah, associate professor and Jo Mayo Endowed Professor in Lamar University’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health-National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for $397,800 to study relief efforts for tinnitus sufferers in the U.S. Read More


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Why choose the College of Fine Arts & Communication?

  • Individual attention

  • Faculty and students are actively involved in research and creative activities.

  • Active, engaged student organizations

  • Diverse course offerings

  • Collaboration across departments, such as dance performances choreographed using American Sign Language and musical scoring of student-produced documentary films 


From performing arts to speech pathology, painting to publishing, we prepare our students to become leaders in their fields. 

Enriching natural talents to enrich the lives of others. 

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