This facility serves students specializing in Communication and Performance Studies and music. Courses in electronic journalism, entertainment and sports promotion, media production and new technology, media studies, public relations, speech communication and theatre are often offered in the Thomas Fine Arts Building.
Music facilities include a music technology lab, two rehearsal rooms, three classrooms, 28 practice rooms, 24 keyboard stations and piano lab and studio offices. Many of the practice rooms are Wenger studios, named for the company that set the standard for music industry facilities, two of which are “V” ready to perfectly duplicate the acoustics of other venues; and the percussion ensemble room is the largest Wegner studio ever built. NMU's music and communications and performance studies faculty offices are located here. Various classes in other fields of study also meet in Thomas Fine Arts.
The building is connected to the Forest Roberts Theatre and the McClintock building and has a skywalk extending to C.B. Hegdcock. It is named for Russell Thomas, who was head of the English Department at Northern for 24 years.