Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog]

School of Communication & Creative Arts

Administration

Norman C. Mintle, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Communication & Creative Arts
Associate Professor

Scott M. Hayes, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Associate Dean, School of Communication & Creative Arts
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts


FACULTY
The faculty roster can be viewed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=21 where faculty can be searched for by Department.

PURPOSE
The School of Communication & Creative Arts, comprised of the Cinematic Arts–Zaki Gordon Center along with the Departments of Digital Media & Communication Arts, Studio and Digital Arts, and Theatre Arts, offers graduate degrees in order to prepare artists and scholars in the practice and theory of the communication arts. Degrees, by department, include: Digital Media & Communication Arts: M.A. in Strategic Communication; Studio & Digital Arts: MFA in Studio & Digital Arts; majors in Graphic Design and Studio Art.


Department of Digital Media & Communication Arts

Bruce M. Kirk, B.G.S., M.A.
Chair, Department of Digital Media & Communication Arts
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Cecil V. Kramer, Jr., B.S., M.A., M. Div., D.Min.
Director, Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
Professor of Communication Studies

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (M.A.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Strategic Communication, a 36 hour program, is an advanced communication degree that invites students to study and practice context-specific communication competencies, communication theory, and research that will enhance their individual communication abilities as they participate in leadership roles in media, ministry, business and education, while also preparing them for further graduate work in communication and related disciplines. The goal is to develop communication knowledge and expertise within the Christian worldview essential for functioning in a variety of communication contexts.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate communication theory and practice with a Christian worldview;
  2. Critically analyze and apply communication theory and scholarship; and
  3. Conduct and present communication research using appropriate methods and scholarly writing.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific admission procedures to the M.A. in Strategic Communication are as follows:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. Applicants should hold a 3.00 GPA for undergraduate study. Applicants close to the requirement may be considered for enrollment in the program on a cautionary basis but will not qualify for Graduate Assistantship positions.  These students are required to take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. Applicants are required to submit one faculty recommendation.
  4. Applicants must submit a “Written Statement of Purpose”, a one-page summary explaining why an advanced degree in communication is desired.
  5. Applicants must submit a personal information questionnaire.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to six (6) credit hours of graduate-level courses in communication from an accredited institution subject to department approval.  In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-; and courses must have been completed within 10 years of the start date of the program. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in this Catalog, M.A. in Strategic Communication graduates must:

  • Complete 36 total hours.
  • A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  • A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University, may be applied to the degree.
  • Coursework includes 15 hours concentration in contextual communication studies, 15 hours of electives in communication strategies, and 6 hours in research.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  • No grades of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  • For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  • Thesis or Thesis Project is required.
  • Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment of the program.
  • All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

The faculty may change the requirements for the receipt of the M.A. in Strategic Communication, as well as the courses offered, at any time. A student will be subject to the graduation requirements of the Catalog at the time of the student’s enrollment. A student who is not enrolled for a semester and who is later permitted to continue coursework will be subject to the graduation requirements of the Catalog at the time of the student’s re-enrollment or resumption of classes.


Program of Study

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (36 hrs)
Program Option: Resident and Online Formats
Core Courses (15 hrs)
COMS 520 Communication Theory and Practices 3
COMS 532 Media Technologies and Communication Strategies 3
COMS 552 Leadership Communication 3
COMS 554 Strategies and Tactics of Persuasion 3
COMS 622 Organizational Communication 3
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Professional or Teaching, Academic and Professional
Thesis or Project Courses (6 hrs) 1
COMS 680 Communication Research Methods 2 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
COMS 690 Thesis Defense
COMS 691 Project

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in COMS 690 or 691 after completing COMS 680 may be required, as determined by the student’s thesis or project chair, to take COMS 689 Thesis Proposal and Research, and may be required to repeat COMS 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in COMS 690 or 691.

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in COMS 690 or 691 after completing COMS 680 may be required, as determined by the student’s thesis or project chair, to take COMS 689 Thesis Proposal and Research, and may be required to repeat COMS 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in COMS 690 or 691.


Professional Cognate

PURPOSE
The M.A. in Strategic Communication with a cognate in Professional Communication prepares students for a career as a communication professional within a business or an organization, or enhances their current career within a business or an organization.  Students are free to choose from a variety of electives to create the degree that best helps them meet their career goals.


Program of Study

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Professional Cognate (15 hrs)
Professional Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
Choose five of the following courses:
COMS 522 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Practice 3
COMS 524 Small Group and Team Communications 3
COMS 526 Investigative Storytelling 3
COMS 534 Strategic Media Analysis 3
COMS 542 Communication in Christian Ministry 3
COMS 546 Effective Social Media 3
COMS 550 Communication for Teachers 3
COMS 558 Listening and Nonverbal Communication 3
COMS 560 Communication and Conflict 3
COMS 562 Web Strategies for Growth 3
COMS 612 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism 3
COMS 624 Intercultural Communication 3
COMS 630 Law and Ethics for Media Professionals 3
COMS 639 The Transmedia Organization 3
COMS 652 Organizational Communication Consulting 3
COMS 658 Strategic Communication Campaigns for the Digital Age 3

Teaching, Academic and Professional Cognate

PURPOSE
The M.A. in Strategic Communication with a cognate in Teaching, Academic and Professional Communication allows students to tailor their graduate studies to meet their particular career goals.  This cognate prepares students for further education at the doctorate level and a career in academia or for a career as a professional.  Students must take 15 hours of electives, six of which must be directed by their advisor.


Program of Study

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Teaching, Academic and Professional Cognate (15 hrs)
Teaching, Academic and Professional Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
COMS 522 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Practice 3
COMS 550 Communication for Teachers 3
Choose three of the following courses:
COMS 524 Small Group and Team Communications 3
COMS 526 Investigative Storytelling 3
COMS 534 Strategic Media Analysis 3
COMS 542 Communication in Christian Ministry 3
COMS 546 Effective Social Media 3
COMS 558 Listening and Nonverbal Communication 3
COMS 560 Communication and Conflict 3
COMS 562 Web Strategies for Growth 3
COMS 612 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism 3
COMS 624 Intercultural Communication 3
COMS 630 Law and Ethics for Media Professionals 3
COMS 639 The Transmedia Organization 3
COMS 652 Organizational Communication Consulting 3
COMS 658 Strategic Communication Campaigns for the Digital Age 3

Department of Studio & Digital Arts

A.Todd Smith, B.S., M.F.A.
Chair, Department of Studio and Digital Arts
Professor of Studio and Digital Arts 

Master of Fine Arts in Studio and Digital Arts (MFA) - Available Spring 2015

PURPOSE
The purpose of the program is to provide professional training for students who wish to pursue a variety of careers in the field of art, as working artists and designers, critics, managers and directors, or in the field of education as teachers and researchers. The MFA in Studio and Digital Art will provide students with the opportunity to build significant skills in the history, research, practice, and discourse of art and design. A creative atmosphere that encourages and challenges student interests is promoted. The goal is to create a community in which evaluation, critique, and open exchange stimulates artistic excellence and innovation. The program is designed to encourage individual graduate work augmented by faculty input.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Conduct advanced analysis of visual imagery in relation to a variety of contexts.
  2. Articulate the theory underlying the meaning of visual imagery.
  3. Demonstrate a mastery of advanced concepts related to visualization, ideation, and creation of visual imagery using traditional and/or digital practices.
  4. Integrate a Christian worldview into best practices for creating visual imagery.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
The MFA program will follow the standard admission, curriculum and graduation requirements as stated in the Liberty University Graduate Catalog with the following exceptions:

  1. Letter of application describing your background, direction of your work, and preferred area of study. Please be aware that the committee generally recommends students have significant undergraduate coursework and experience in studio art and foundations, art history, and knowledge of digital software programs. This normally includes a minimum of 45 art/design credits and a minimum of 12 credits in art history (quarter equivalents apply).
  2. Résumé that includes your full contact information, your educational background, including coursework and instructors, any honors or awards and/or teaching experience as well as the names of your references.
  3. CD/DVD with 20 images in jpeg/jpg or pdf format (recommend 144 ppi - 1440 pixels for the longest dimension). An image list with label information in a Microsoft Word document must be included. The CD/DVD should open on a Mac OS X platform. The portfolio should reflect a strong, self-directed involvement in your intended emphasis and supporting fields.
  4. Three letters of recommendation, sent separately by your evaluators, which address your creative talent and your ability to succeed in a rigorous academic program. Academic references from former or current professors are preferable to those from employers.

TRANSFER CREDIT
A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete 60 hours. A minimum of 45 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. Students may repeat up to six hours of coursework under the repeat policy.
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  • Successful completion of the Oral Examination.
  • Thesis/Portfolio Artifact & Exhibit required.
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  • All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • Please submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

The faculty may change the requirements for the receipt of the MFA in Studio & Digital Arts, as well as the courses offered, at any time. A student will be subject to the graduation requirements of the Catalog at the time of the student’s enrollment. A student who is not enrolled for a semester and who is later permitted to continue coursework will be subject to the graduation requirements of the Catalog at the time of the student’s re-enrollment or resumption of classes.

Programs of Study

(M.F.A.) Master of Fine Arts in Studio and Digital Arts (60 hrs)
Program Option: Resident Format
Core Courses (30 hrs)
Art History and Theory Courses (9 hrs)
ARTS 515 Issues in Contemporary Art 3
Choose two of the following courses:
ARTS 503 Advanced Studies in Baroque Art 3
ARTS 504 Advanced Studies in Medieval Art 3
ARTS 506 Advanced Studies in Arts of East Asia 3
ARTS 507 Advanced Studies in Arts in Latin America 3
ARTS 508 Advanced Studies in Italian and Northern Renaissance Art 3
ARTS 603 History of Graphic Design 3
Field Experience Courses (6 hrs)
ARTS 596 Teaching Art in Higher Education 3
ARTS 598 Practicum 3
ARTS 599 Internship 3
ARTS 698 Practicum 3
ARTS 699 Internship 3
Elective Courses (9 hrs)
Choose three 500-700 level ARTS electives for which prerequisites have been met 9
Thesis and Project Courses (6 hrs)
ARTS 789 Thesis/Portfolio Research  1 3
ARTS 790 Thesis/Portfolio Project 3

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in ARTS 790 after completing ARTS 789 may be required, as determined by the student’s thesis or portfolio chair, to repeat ARTS 789 until deemed ready for enrollment in ARTS 790.


DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the School of Communication and Creative Arts are available online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


School of Communication & Creative Arts - Graduate Certificates

The School of Communication & Creative Arts offers graduate certificates in several areas of study through Liberty University Online.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS   
Please refer to the Admissions Requirements Matrix for Certificates in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. 9 total hours.
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. No grade of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the certificate.
  5. Certificate must be completed within 3 years.
  6. Submit a Certificate Completion Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Note: Students who want to apply certificate courses to a graduate or seminary degree program will have to abide by the GPA and grade requirements of that degree program.


Graduate Certificate in Applied Communication Studies

Graduate Certificate in Applied Communication Studies (9 hrs)
COMS 532 Media Technologies and Communication Strategies 3
COMS 542 Communication in Christian Ministry 3
COMS 622 Organizational Communication 3

Graduate Certificate in Communication and Business Administration

Graduate Certificate in Communication and Business Administration (9 hrs)
COMS 532 Media Technologies and Communication Strategies 3
COMS 560 Communication and Conflict 3
COMS 658 Strategic Communication Campaigns for the Digital Age 3

Graduate Certificate in Communication and Human Services

Graduate Certificate in Communication and Human Services (9 hrs)
COMS 520 Communication Theory and Practices 3
COMS 542 Communication in Christian Ministry 3
COMS 622 Organizational Communication 3

Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication

Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication (9 hrs)
COMS 520 Communication Theory and Practices 3
COMS 560 Communication and Conflict 3
COMS 622 Organizational Communication 3

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLANS
Certificate Completion Plans (CCP) can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=27910.



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