CFPCA: Program Excellence

In its Midtown Detroit setting of cultural diversity and advanced technologies, Wayne State's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts enables students to benefit from expert faculty and state of the art resources and to win top rankings in national and international competitions and tournaments.

CFPCA is the cultural gateway of Wayne State University, connecting the university's nearly 27,000 graduate and undergraduate students to the community, museums, galleries, libraries, theatres and other venues where CFPCA's students exhibit work, present research and perform on stage and in concert. There also are opportunities to intern with some of Metro Detroit's top companies in advertising, public relations, journalism and other industries.

  • 17 undergraduate programs, 11 graduate programs and three graduate certificate programs
  • Nationally and internationally renowned faculty
  • Nationally accredited programs in dance, music and theatre
  • Study and performance abroad opportunities
  • Learning by doing: student performances, concerts, juried exhibitions, internships, touring shows, media festivals and more
  • The latest tools in the right places: specialized studios in all areas, computer labs, electronic newsrooms, Pilates studios, individual practice rooms, digital music recording studio, digital media production facilities and editing suites, 3-D printing and CNC facilities, top of the line LED lighting instruments, high definition video projection and sound equipment, four theaters, two art galleries, music recital hall, multiple rehearsal spaces
  • CFPCA's alumni include a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and winners of and nominees for the Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, Obie, Screen Actors Guild and Caldecott awards.
  • At the 39th Emmy Awards ceremony, CFPCA, in collaboration with WSU's University Television, received a Michigan National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award for the college's Be Inspired recruitment video.
  • The Hilberry Theatre is the nation's first and longest-running university graduate repertory theatre.
  • The Thompson, the university's first Creative Warrior residence hall, opened exclusively to CFPCA students. The Thompson is equipped with specialized spaces where students may produce creative work in the video editing studio, the community room with sprung floor or the Collaboratorium, with a glass writing wall and soundproof practice booth. The hall also features programming on themes of entrepreneurship that faculty and staff are currently planning.
  • Future home of the Hilberry Gateway and Gretchen Valade Jazz Center

We encourage you to watch a debate, take in a show, attend a concert or come to an exhibition.

The Heathers

Maggie Allesee Deartment of Theatre and Dance 2019 performance of The Heathers.