College of Fine Arts and Communication

Message from the Dean

Chris Buddo

Welcome to the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Our college traces its history back to the very beginnings of East Carolina University. In 1909, the first group of ten faculty members hired by Robert Wright to instruct the students of East Carolina Teachers College included an art teacher and a music teacher. Theatre and oral communication were also regular offerings from the very start. While our programs have grown and changed significantly over the last century, they continue to play a central role in the life of ECU. In 2003, the Schools of Art and Design and Music were combined with the departments of Theatre and Dance and Communication to form the College of Fine Arts and Communication. We are proud to have been part of the founding of this university and look forward to a new century of programmatic distinction.

If you are a potential student looking for outstanding academic opportunities; or are a visitor or community member looking for a memorable cultural experience; or you are a student looking for exceptional study abroad experiences or the manager of an outdoor theatre looking to enhance your venue? Then, we have something to offer you.

In addition to the Schools of Art and Design, Communication, Music, and Theatre and Dance, our college is also the home to the Institute of Outdoor Theatre—an important resource for presenters of outdoor drama around the world—and the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series—a fine arts series designed to bring world-class performances to our campus and our community. Linked to this homepage are the websites of all of these programs. Please take a moment to peruse these venues and learn more about what our college has to offer.

Come, be inspired!

J. Christopher Buddo, Dean