Performing, Visual Arts & Communications

COM students

The Department of Performing, Visual Arts and Communications offers courses in the areas of Art, Music, Theatre, Speech, and Communications and Media Arts. The Department currently has 13 full-time faculty and is augmented by a staff of approximately 40 part-time lecturers.

Student work from the PVAC Department is shown regularly on- and off-campus in numerous shows and competitions. The Washington Art Gallery holds student exhibits twice a year; the COM program shows student work to the campus community once a semester; and the Performing Arts program allows for numerous opportunities for students to show their talent on stage in plays, vocal concerts, orchestral concerts, and dance concerts.


Art by Carl Grauer video

An Actualité style video about painter Carl Grauer at his portrait show at Dutchess Community College in March 2022 by Communications and Media Arts student Jason Gigli.

Take a virtual visit to our Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Student Art Show

Joe Cosentino


Performing, Visual Arts, and Communications

Joseph Cosentino
Department Chair, Performing, Visual Arts, and Communications
Professor of Speech and Theatre
Office: W-013
Phone (845) 431-8618 

Bonnie Foote
Senior Office Assistant
(845) 431-8610