Pacific Lutheran University - Tacoma, WA Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU helps its 3,300 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their life’s vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions. Founded in 1890 by Norwegian pioneers, PLU continues the distinctive tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, thoughtful inquiry and questioning, the preparation of citizens in service to the world and to its ongoing reform. Located in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, PLU is set in a region that also offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation, culture and sports.

Communication & Theatre

The fields of communication and theatre are rapidly evolving. A solid foundation of theory is crucial to adapt to constantly changing media. So is developing marketable skills and knowledge domains necessary to be an aspiring professional and practitioner. The Department of Communication & Theatre curriculum at PLU balances theory with practical application in all of its offerings.


Distinguished teachers, talented students, supportive public: these are the people who make the Department of Music at PLU a nationally recognized center for musical learning, serving and sharing. A talented, cohesive faculty of performers, composers and authors, drawn from the nation’s finest conservatories and universities, work to develop the whole person in the context of a caring academic community of outstanding students and enthusiastic audiences.

Music to hear. More than 140 concert performances every year present students, faculty artists and exciting guest performers with an incredible array of musical styles and media. Choral, band, symphonic, operatic, solo, chamber, jazz — we’ve got it all. Music to do. Open to the whole campus community, more than a dozen performing groups tackle music of all eras and styles. Whether it’s Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein or Basie, you have an unforgettable hands-on experience. Music to learn. Study in the classroom, studio, lab and rehearsal hall. We offer as much music as you want: formal degree programs, music minors, or just a great lesson every week. If you love music, you belong at PLU!

Art & Design

Concepts are rapidly changing. New media is emerging daily. Because of this, a wide variety of experiences and creative flexibility for the artist and the designer must be emphasized. Students with professional concerns must be prepared to meet the modern world with both technical skills and capacity for innovation.

The Department of Art & Design programs at PLU stress individualized development in the use of mind and hand.

A student at PLU is able to chart their own path through a variety of artistic styles and media. Students use methods ranging from a ten thousand-year-old technique to make pots to cutting-edge and industry standard technology to generate high-tech computer images. Art history, theory and study away courses engage students in critical analysis of major artistic movements from the prehistoric to contemporary world.

Classes are small. Students receive individualized attention from professors and peers, and are able to focus their concentration.

The faculty believes individuality, creativity and freedom of expression are central to the welfare of a democratic and enlightened society.


Contact Information

Phone: (800) 274-6758

Email: Admissions

Website: Online

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