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Northwestern School of Communication

Our Approach

Here, at Northwestern’s School of Communication, we engage in serious play – in our collaborations, our research, and our deep scholarship that creates real impact in the real world.


To help you succeed in life, no matter the direction you choose, here we provide a playground for serious ideas, experimentation, and exploration.

To learn, to grow, to become our best selves, we must consider the serious aspect of play. The freedom to try, to fail, to fall, and then rise again is essential to all learning and growth.

Train with the School of Communication

Explore our areas of expertise.


Student performers receive a full range of stage and screen instruction along with the full benefits of a liberal arts education. Our faculty’s expertise encompasses acting, dancing, voice, directing, choreography, stage management, playwriting, storytelling, music theatre, children’s theatre, devised theatre, theatre history and criticism, and costume, set and light design.

Express yourself creatively

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Research at the School of Communication spans disciplines, from life science to social science and the humanities. With more than 50 research labs and exceptional faculty, our researchers answer difficult questions about the field of communication and make a real impact on the world.

Forge new understanding

Clinical Services

Students in our Communication Sciences and Disorders department go on to make a difference in people’s lives by helping children and adults to overcome difficulties in hearing, speech, language, and learning. 

Help people communicate

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Scholarship and Media Creation

The School of Communication is a community of creators. Students in our Radio/Television/Film, Theatre, and Performance Studies programs write, shoot, direct, and produce their own performances, films, television and web series, sketch and improv shows, and digital media projects. Our student scholars explore diverse areas of study that range from disinformation campaigns on social media to the cultural performance of gender and race. 

Create new work