SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS
Department of Communication and Fine Arts
Explore degrees in English, music, or art and all of the practical experience that accompanies these majors. Our experienced faculty are dedicated to helping students find joy in learning as they become prepared to enter a four-year university.
The NEO Art and Design program gives students a sound foundation in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and design. We explore many techniques to build artistic and analytical skills. Our small studio classes allow creative interaction with instructors and students. The art facilities at the historic Kah-Ne Hall include a new drawing and painting studio and studios for sculpture and pottery. The Charles Banks Wilson Center for Art has a beautiful, natural-light gallery to showcase student and professional work.
Art classes at NEO are accessible to all students regardless of major. Field trips to museums and studios are scheduled every semester. Students who earn an Associate in Arts in Art and Design will build a strong portfolio to enter the workplace or pursue further art education.
Writing and communication skills are marketable in almost any career. NEO’s composition classes teach the skills students will return to throughout college and into their working lives. Students learn concepts of writing structures, creative writing and persuasive writing. Professors from a variety of industries can provide personalized instruction to prepare graduates to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year program.
NEO offers a general studies degree. This program allows the student and advisor to design a plan of study that meets the student’s specific needs for transfer programs not offered at NEO. In addition to the required general education courses, students will select a core of liberal arts and sciences courses. The College Catalog includes a description of courses that are considered to be liberal arts and sciences.
Students in the NEO Music Program can develop their talent and let it shine. Vocal and instrumental students enjoy personalized instruction and multiple performance opportunities. Students can be involved in marching band, jazz band, concert choir, chamber singers, or theatre experience.
Music program facilities include the newly renovated Swanson Family Music Hall and Commons Hall, which contains an auditorium, large classroom spaces, and practice rooms. The program also uses the Fine Arts Auditorium, a 876-seat proscenium stage that provides a performance space for theatre productions, musicals, concerts, dance recitals, and many other campus events.
This degree path is part of Oklahoma’s Reach Higher program. NEO offers the option of earning an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science. Majors are available with concentrations in Business Administration or General Studies.
Degrees and certificates
|Degree Options||Associate in Science||Associate in Arts||Less than 1-Year Certificate|
|Art and Design||X|
|Enterprise Development – Business Administration||X|
|Enterprise Development – General Studies||X|
|*Approved for online delivery|
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Clubs associated with the Liberal Arts, Communication and Fine Arts:
- Native American Student Association
- History Club
- Choir Ensembles
- Musical Theatre
- Masquers Theatre United
- The Norwegian Legion Marching Band
- The Norse Sound Pep Band
- The NEO Jazz Ensemble
- The NEO Percussion Ensemble
- The NEO Brass/Woodwind Ensembles
- Applied Music
Kah-Ne-You-Ah Hall is home to the Charles Banks Wilson Art and Cultural Education Center, which houses both the Art Program and the American Indian Center for Excellence. A 1930s WPA project that originally served as a women’s dormitory, the newly renovated Kah-Ne Hall combines its historic facade with a contemporary urban loft interior. Art facilities include gallery space for exhibitions, classrooms with digital projectors, a computer lab, a 3D studio containing workspaces and potters’ wheels and a large 2D studio with arched windows on three sides that allow an abundance of natural lighting.
Commons Hall is the home to the vocal music program at NEO. The Hall includes a 120-seat auditorium, which is used for multiple college and community events throughout the year. The Hall also includes many practice rooms for student rehearsal and private music lessons.
Commons Hall was named after Senator Al Commons, Nebraska State Senator from 1928 to 1936. Senator Commons was influential in the establishment of NEO College. For many years, Commons Hall was a residence hall for students. In 2008, the hall was renovated into a modern instructional area and intimate, acoustically-sound performance auditorium.
Swanson Family Music Hall
The Swanson Family Music Hall is home to the instrumental music program. The band room is used for marching band, concert band, jazz band, and pep band rehearsals and as well as small group practice.
The Swanson Family Music Room was named after Dr. Robert Swanson, an instrumental instructor from 1955 to 1985, and his family, who continue to be supporters of the NEO Band program. The band room was remodeled in 2012 and is an extension of Copen Hall.
Fine Arts Center
The Fine Arts Center houses an 800-seat auditorium that supports music theatre productions, music performances, guest speakers, and community events. The stage facilities include an orchestra pit on an elevator lift. The Fine Art Center includes a green room, dressing rooms, and classrooms to support the theatrical performances and classes.
Communication & Fine Arts
- 316, Shipley Hall
- 316, Shipley Hall
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