Graduate Practicum: Studio & Digital Arts (SADA)

Register for Your Practicum

The practicum is field experience where you will work under a site supervisor for 90 contact hours for a 3-credit course and be tasked with the creation of a significant body of creative work during your experience. You will be required to submit a presentation of completed practicum creative work during the midpoint and upon completion of the course in order to receive passing credit.

Hours of Work

A 3-credit hour practicum requires that you work at least 90 hours.

Credit Hours

Practicum credit hours must be completed within your degree. Practicums must be completed during the semester in which you are registered for the course. 

Getting Paid

You may get paid at your practicum. In fact, we hope you do. Instances such as these are rare. They may, however, include your producing a body of work for a company, organization, gallery, design firm, etc.

If your practicum is a paid position, you need to be paid at least minimum wage only if you plan on working at a for-profit company. Non-profits and government entities are exempt from this requirement.

Finding a Practicum

Begin networking now. That means with everyone – ask your classmates, your friends, your professors, etc. The people you come in contact with every day are some of your best resources.

Also, the Career Center has made it even easier for you to connect with professionals around the world. They've created the LU Network. Log in to search for available internship opportunities with companies looking for a rising professional like you. It’s also possible to do your practicum under a Studio and Digital Arts faculty member.

Practicum Site Responsibilities 

  • You must be directly supervised on site by someone who has a degree in your area of study or has considerable documented experience in the given field – at least 3-5 years of experience.
  • The company or organization must provide enough work to fill the work hour requirements agreed upon in the contract.
  • Your supervisor must agree to give feedback about your experience filling out a mid and final evaluation. Moreover, your supervisor is required to sign a proposal for the body of work that will be produced for the practicum.

Note: You are required to work on site for the practicum. A practicum may not be done remotely. 

Practicum Eligibility 

To be eligible for an internship, you must have:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Declared a degree (studio art or graphic design) within the SADA department
  • Completed 15 hours within your degree

Adding Your Practicum Class to ASIST (Residential)

The process for registration is unique and there are specific steps that you must follow before you can gain entry.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Contact the faculty internship advisor the semester before you plan to complete the practicum. This is where you will receive detailed instructions and required paperwork.
  2. Fill out the paperwork provided by the faculty internship advisor. This will include your internship/practicum contract that your site supervisor must sign.
  3. Hand in all completed paperwork to Prof. Christopher Phillips at csphillips4@liberty.edu, SADA faculty internship advisor. Paperwork must be completed filled out for eligibility.
  4. If paperwork is approved, your class will now be added to your ASIST account.

 

Residential Registration Deadlines

  • Summer internship – third Friday in April (contact faculty internship advisor in advance)
  • Fall internship – third Friday in April (contact faculty internship advisor in advance)
  • Spring internship – third Friday in November (contact faculty internship advisor in advance)

*Because the prerequisite approvals and contract take time to complete, you need to give yourself plenty of time to register. Contact Prof. Christopher Phillips at csphillips4@liberty.edu with any questions.

Adding your Practicum Course to ASIST (LUO)

The process for registration is unique and there are specific steps that you must follow before you can gain entry.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Contact Advising so they can ensure that you are eligible to register for a practicum. If you are eligible, they will put you in contact with the faculty internship advisor.
  2. Fill out the paperwork you receive from the faculty internship advisor. This will include your internship/practicum contract that your site supervisor must sign.
  3. Scan and send in all completed paperwork to Prof. Christopher Phillips at csphillips4@liberty.edu, SADA faculty internship advisor. Paperwork must be completed filled out for eligibility.
  4. If paperwork is approved, your course will now be added to your ASIST account.

 

LUO Registration Deadlines

  • For all deadlines, please see the LUO academic calendar
    Contact Advising luoadvising@liberty.edu with any questions.