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Communications with Fine Arts

The Fine Arts emphasis encourages students to refine their artistic sensibilities through drawing, painting, ceramics, vocal and instrumental music, and dramatic arts. Practice, performance, and critical evaluation are central to the artist, and the program offers ample opportunities for students to develop, pursue, and perform their vision of the human condition. It combines a comprehensive, hands-on foundation in music, theatre and art, along with strong leadership skills in writing, speaking and computer technology. There are many opportunities in the Fine Arts division for students to exercise their skills, including theatre productions, student art shows, jazz band music tours, and the chance to work with professional productions.

The Fine Arts Program

For the artists, there are introductory classes in drawing, design, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, pastel drawing, pen and ink drawing and art history. WPU also offers an advanced graphic design class using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Music lovers also have opportunities, including Jazz Band, William Penn Singers, Chamber Choir, Athletic Bands, private lessons, Music Theory, and many more!

Theater students will appreciate the George Daily Auditorium, located in Oskaloosa. It brings in many professional shows and offers state-of-the-art technology in theatre equipment, plus a variety of CAD software for set and lighting design, computerized sound mixing and recording as well as complete video recording and editing capabilities.


Employers continually search for creative thinkers who have the ability to communicate with others using creative concepts. Professionals with these skills can develop problem solving tactics and provide ideas which can lead toward corporate progress.

  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Student Training
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Art Museum Positions
  • Teaching
  • Road Production
  • Journalistic Work
  • Marketing
  • News Production
  • Theater Production
  • Tattoo Artist


Internship experience allows students to gain professional understanding of required expectations. Students can contribute ideas which can lead toward future opportunity. Opportunities include:

  • Production Coordinator at the George Daily Auditorium
  • Theater Performances
  • Barnhouse Music
  • Event Organizer
  • Production Assistant
  • Marketing Departments
  • Art Museums


Scott Cressley, M.M.

Assistant Teaching Professor of Music 641-673-2121 Email

Emily Ott, M.A.

Adjunct Instructor of Art Email

Anita Meinert, M.M.E.

Director of Vocal and Keyboard Music, Humanities Division Chair 641-673-1063 Email


Fine Arts students are significant contributors to the Oskaloosa community. Students host a variety of performances, and help with local productions.


Edwin McGrew Fine Arts Center

The Edwin McGrew Fine Arts Center was dedicated in 1973 for the president of William Penn from 1917-1928 and 1936-1942. It houses classrooms and studios for several fine art programs, and provides students with supplies and space for projects. The Ware Recital Hall is also located within the building, where many theater performances are held.

  • Fine Art classrooms
  • Ware Recital Hall
  • Art Studio
  • Music Practice Rooms
  • Faculty Offices


Communication Core courses

  • APCS 112 Computer Applications for Communications
  • ART 134 Design & Composition
  • COMM 123 Media’s Past & Digital Future
  • COMM 390 Applied Communications Seminar
  • ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
  • Another Lit course (+200 level)
  • MUSI 104 Fundamentals of Music


Fine Arts courses

  • ART 121 Drawing I
  • ART 130 3-D Design
  • THEA 106 Acting I
  • THEA 114 Theatre Production (must earn 3 cr.79)
  • ENGL 215 Business & Technical Writing


Choose three credits from either

  • MUAP 130 WPU Jazz Ensemble
  • MUAP 250 William Penn Singers

Additional Fine Arts Requirements 12

Choose any 12 credits from the following

  • ART 210 Watercolor
  • ART 235 Graphic Art
  • MUSI 123 Music Theory I
  • MUSI 140 Music in the Electronic Medium
  • THEA 104 Basic Production
  • THEA 110 Improvisation & Movement
  • Fine Arts Elective Courses

Choose any 12 credits from the following

  • ART 112 Pastel Drawing
  • ART 117 Pen & Ink Drawing
  • ART 130 3-D Design
  • ART 211 Photography
  • ART 215 History of Art
  • ART 216 Intro to Acrylics
  • ART 240 Elementary Fine Arts Methods
  • ART 331 Ceramics I
  • ART 332 Ceramics II
  • MUAP 102 Piano Class I
  • MUAP 131 Pep Band (may repeat)
  • MUAP 202 Piano Class II
  • MUAP 101 Private lessons (may repeat) (101/201/301)
  • MUSI 123 Music Theory I
  • MUSI 124 Music Theory II