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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

Linda N. Cooper, B.S., M.A.
Chair, Department of Theatre Arts
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Bruce 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 of Graduate Programs
Professor of Communication Studies

Stephan Schultze, B.A., M.A.
Executive Director, Cinematic Arts – Zaki Gordon Center

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


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 undergraduate and graduate degrees in order to prepare artists and scholars in the practice and theory of the communication arts.  Cinematic Arts is a full immersion program for Juniors and Seniors. Concentrations, by department include: Digital Media & Communication Arts:  Advertising/Public Relations, Digital Media, Journalism, and Speech Communication; Studio & Digital Arts: Graphic Design and Studio Art; Theatre Arts: Performance and Production.

TEACHER LICENSURE
Teacher preparation and endorsement is available in Art Education and Theatre Arts. Add-on endorsements in theatre, journalism, speech communication and studio art are available through the School of Communication & Creative Arts in cooperation with the Teacher Education Department. Those wishing to pursue teacher-related programs should seek information from the Teacher Licensure Office in the School of Education. Licensure information is also available at www.liberty.edu/uguide.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the School of Communication & Creative Arts can be accessed at: http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=2981.


Cinematic Arts - Zaki Gordon Center

Stephan Schultze, B.A., M.A.
Executive Director, Cinematic Arts - Zaki Gordon Center

Faculty

RESIDENTIAL - FULL-TIME
Associate Professor
Curlee; Flesher; Miller, D.

Assistant Professor
Nelson, D.; Walz


PURPOSE
Cinema is a unique form of communication and the purpose of the Cinematic Arts – Zaki Gordon Center is to glorify God by reflecting the truths of Scripture through cinema.  The Cinematic Arts – Zaki Gordon Center at Liberty University is distinctive because of its approach in training the next generation of filmmakers in a Christ-focused environment.  Dr. Jerry Falwell coined “Saturation Evangelism” as the ability to reach every available person through every available means.  Liberty University’s Cinematic Arts – Zaki Gordon Center supports the scope of that mission.


Cinematic Arts Major (B.S.)

Learning how to create impactful and professionally produced films that have a competitive edge will help insure that new filmmakers and the message of Christ will stand out in a content driven marketplace.

The B.S. in Cinematic Arts is a 2-year full immersion*, cohort ** program that students enter in the fall of their junior year. Students who have completed their general education, CINE 201, CINE 202, and CINE 203 courses can apply for admission to the Center for Cinematic Arts program.

*FULL IMMERSION – 5 days a week instruction that could include 8-12 hours with professors a day.  This hands-on instruction will produce the best learning environment, mirroring a real world model for product driven outcomes. 

**COHORT – A fixed group of 16-20 students who have been accepted into the Cinematic Arts Major after applying to continue in the B.S. in Cinematic Arts program.  (Cohort students are advised not to take classes outside of the B.S Cinematic Arts Major)

NOTE: Admission to continue in the B.S. in Cinematic Arts is an application and acceptance process.  If possible, it is advised that students declare Cinematic Arts as their major their freshman year.  Students must work closely with their academic advisor as they work through their Degree Completion Plan (DCP) and should schedule a meeting with a faculty member in the Cinematic Arts Program to gain insight on the application process and ask questions as needed.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate thematic values in storytelling.
  2. Determine personnel and technical elements relevant to the visual content of the story.
  3. Evaluate the distribution model for a movie.
  4. Justify moral decisions related to moviemaking based biblical worldview/principles.

PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCEDURES
In order to continue in the Cinematic Arts Program, students must be accepted into the program through an application process that starts second semester of a student’s sophomore year.  In addition to the general admission requirements, students must meet the following admission requirements to apply to continue into the program in their Junior year:

  • Unofficial university transcripts that provide proof of completion of CORE classes: CINE 201, CINE 202, and 203 with at least a B average
  • One letters of recommendation from:
    • University instructor or staff member
    • Past or present employer or peer
  • Essay/pitch (1,000 words) telling the story of a film the student wants to make
  • Written letter explaining why the student wants to be a filmmaker and a declaration of documentary or narrative study
  • Oral interview (by appointment)

Note: Films, DVDs or videotapes will not be accepted with application to the program.

TRANSFER STUDENTS
Transfer students will be required to meet the same application procedures as resident students with one exception. If they are transferring into Liberty University in their Junior year, they will need to attend summer session to take the CORE courses in order to meet the program application procedures. A commitment to the summer session should be noted in the applicant's letter of interest.  Summer sessions are delivered in two, one-week intensives.


Career Opportunities

Producer       Cinematographer
Director       Production Assistant
Screenwriter       Film and Video Editor
Assistant Editor       Animator
Sound Effects Editor       Marketing Manager
Multimedia Artist       Promotion Manager

Program of Study

Cinematic Arts Major (B.S.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Courses in Major Core (9 hrs)* 1
CINE 201 Introduction to Screenwriting 3
CINE 202 Introduction to Motion Picture Directing 3
CINE 203 Introduction to Cinematography 3
Concentration Courses (60 hrs)
BUSI 301 Business Law 3
BUSI 435 Small Business Entrepreneurship 3
CINE 305 Editing 3
CINE 350 Thesis Film Production 6
CINE 352 Alternative Distribution Analysis 3
CINE 353 Feature Screenwriting 3
CINE 400 Feature Pre-Production 6
CINE 402 Feature Production 6
CINE 451 Post-Production 4
CINE 453 Feature Distribution and Marketing 4
COMS 333 Video Production 3
COMS 345 Persuasion 3
COMS 474 Advanced Audio Production 3
HUMN 301 Film as Art 3
MUSC 497 Special Topics – Music or Music and Worship 2
THEA 320 Directing 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
CINE 452 Post Visual Effects 3
CINE 499 Cinema Internship 3
NOTES: After the completion of all CORE courses, the student will be required to apply and be officially approved to continue in this major. Must have B average in Core Courses. Must have C or above in all upper-level courses in the major. Must have an overall average of C in the major.
TOTAL HOURS: 128 hours minimum required; at least 60 hours must be 300-400 level.

After the completion of all CORE courses, the student will be required to apply and be officially approved to continue in this major.


Cinematic Arts Minor

Cinematic Arts Minor (15 hrs)
CINE 201 Introduction to Screenwriting 3
CINE 202 Introduction to Motion Picture Directing 3
CINE 203 Introduction to Cinematography 3
CINE ___ Electives 6

Department of Digital Media & Communication Arts

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

Faculty

RESIDENTIAL - FULL-TIME
Professor
Kelly; Kramer; Martin, C.; Mullen, F.; Mullen, W.; Pruitt; Schwartz; Sova; Windsor

Associate Professor
Allison; Beavers, L.; Huff; Lyster; Mintle; Widgeon

Assistant Professor
Bonebright; Gerstner; Kirk; Miller, P.


PURPOSE
The purpose of the Department of Digital Media & Communication Arts is to produce videographers, editors, audio techs, producers, directors, content/journalism writers, strategic marketing and communication professionals, all based in a Christ-centered perspective that governs everything undertaken in the field. The Digital Media & Communication Arts department will prepare students to:

  • Use their professional skills to complement their moral and ethical values.
  • Possess both theoretical and history understanding of Digital Media, Advertising /Public Relations, Journalism and Speech Communication.
  • Make practical application of knowledge in professional and personal contexts as a communicator in the field of Digital Media & Communication Arts.

Career Opportunities

Advertising Ministry
Business Public Relations
Education Radio
Film Sales
Journalism      Television
Combined Skills:
Acting News Reporting
Copy Editing Reporting
Copy Writing Public Affairs
Corporate Team Building Communications Research
Editing Publications Social Work
Graphic Illustration Speech Writing
Lobbying Teaching
News Anchor Tutoring
News Directing Web Design

LAMBDA PI ETA HONOR SOCIETY
Advisor: Dr. Angela Widgeon

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. LPH represents what Aristotle described in The Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda), meaning logic; pathos (Pi), relating to emotion; and ethos (Eta), defined as character credibility and ethics. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline. 

To be eligible for admission, undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete 60 semester credit-hours (90 quarter credit-hours)
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 for all courses taken
  3. Complete the equivalent of 12 semester credit-hours (18 quarter credit-hours) in communication studies
  4. Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for all communication studies courses
  5. Currently be enrolled as a student in good standing, as determined by the institution's policies
  6. Rank within the highest thirty-five percent of one’s class in general scholarship.

Communication Studies Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Communication Studies major is to provide students with a theoretical understanding of various communication processes and the ability to make practical application of knowledge in a multiplicity of professional and personal contexts.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Apply communication theory and principles;
  2. Gather and synthesize pertinent information from a variety of sources;
  3. Create effective and audience-appropriate messages;
  4. Integrate a Christian worldview with best practices for communication.

Advertising and Public Relations Concentration

  • The student will be able to develop strategic communication tactics, programs and campaigns.

Digital Media Concentration

  • The student will be able to create media narratives and programming using the professional models of pre-production, production, and post-production.

Journalism Concentration

  • The student will be able to prepare news stories in a format and style appropriate for print and electronic media.

Speech Communication Concentration

  • The student will be able to critically evaluate communication effectiveness in various contexts.


Programs of Study

Communication Studies Major (B.S.) Advertising and Public Relations Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (12 hrs)
COMS 110 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COMS 210 Communication Perspectives 3
COMS 220 Mass Communication Writing 3
COMS 360 Professional Communication 3
Concentration Courses (30 hrs)
ARTS 222 Desktop Publishing 3
COMS 223 Audio and Video Basics 3
COMS 234 Copy Editing 3
COMS 307 Principles of Advertising and Public Relations 3
ARTS 340 Publication Design 3
COMS 385-399 Communications Practicum (1 hour X 3 semesters) [2 must be related to Advertising/Public Relations] 3
COMS 489 Communication Campaigns 3
COMS 499 Internship 3
Select either Advertising or Public Relations (6 hrs)
Advertising:
COMS 346 Advertising Copywriting and Design
COMS 356 Direct Marketing Communication
Public Relations:
COMS 357 Public Relations Writing
COMS 367 Public Relations Strategies
Free Electives (15-19 hrs) [12 hrs must be upper level]
Note: Must have a "C" or above in upper-level courses in the major. Must have an overall average of "C" in the major.
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 36 hours must be 300-400 level.
Communication Studies Major (B.S.) Digital Media Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses (12 hrs)
COMS 110 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COMS 210 Communication Perspectives 3
COMS 220 Mass Communication Writing 3
COMS 360 Professional Communication 3
Concentration Courses (36 hrs)
COMS 224 Fundamentals of Audio Production 3
COMS 225 Fundamentals of Video Production 3
COMS 369 Chronicle of Motion Pictures and Television 3
COMS 385-399 Communication Practicum (1 hour X 3 semesters) [2 must be related to Broadcasting] 3
COMS 484 Communication Law and Ethics 3
COMS 488 Survey of Media Business Practices 3
COMS 498 Senior Portfolio 3
COMS 499 Internship 3
Select either Video or Audio (12 hrs)
Video:
COMS 323 Scriptwriting for Visual Media 3
COMS 333 Video Production 3
COMS 473 TV News Production 3
COMS 483 Advanced Video Production 3
Audio:
COMS 324 Announcing 3
COMS 334 Audio Production 3
COMS 454 Radio News Production 3
COMS 474 Advanced Audio Production 3
Free Electives (9-13 hrs)
Note: Must have a "C" or above in upper-level courses in the major. Must have an overall average of "C" in the major.
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 33 hours must be 300-400 level.
Communication Studies Major (B.S.) Journalism Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (12 hrs)
COMS 110 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COMS 210 Communication Perspectives 3
COMS 220 Mass Communication Writing 3
COMS 360 Professional Communication 3
Concentration Courses (30 hrs)
COMS 234 Copy Editing 3
COMS 354 News Writing 3
COMS 385-399 Professional Practicum (1 hour X 3 semesters) [2 must be related to Journalism] 3
COMS 484 Communication Law and Ethics 3
COMS 485 Investigative Reporting 3
COMS 499 Internship 3
Select either Print Track or Broadcast Track (12 hrs)
Print Track:
ARTS 222 Desktop Publishing
ARTS 340 Publication Design
COMS 482 Specialized Publications
Choose one of the following courses: 3
COMS 373 Editorial and Opinion Writing
COMS 374 Magazine Writing and Editing
Broadcast Track:
COMS 223 Audio and Video Basics
COMS 324 Announcing
COMS 473 TV News Production
Choose one of the following courses: 3
COMS 323 Scriptwriting for Visual Media
COMS 454 Radio News Production
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
ECON 110 Survey of Economics 3
Free Electives (15-19 hrs) [9 hrs must be upper level]
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 36 hours must be 300-400 level.
* These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Note: Must have a "C" or above in all upper-level courses in the major. Must have an overall average of "C" in the major.
Communication Studies Major (B.S.) Speech Communication Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses (12 hrs)
COMS 110 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COMS 210 Communication Perspectives 3
COMS 220 Mass Communication Writing 3
COMS 360 Professional Communication 3
Concentration Courses (30 hrs)
COMS 315 Oral Interpretation 3
COMS 325 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMS 330 Small Group Communication 3
COMS 335 Argumentation 3
COMS 345 Persuasion 3
COMS 355 Organizational Communication 3
COMS 455 Communication Theory 3
COMS 465 Rhetorical Theory 3
COMS 475 Criticism of Public Address 3
COMS 499 Internship 3
Free Electives (15-19 hrs) [3 hrs must be upper level]
NOTE: Must have a “C” or above in all upper-level courses in the major. Must have an overall average of “C” in the major.
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 36 hours must be 300-400 level.

Advertising/Public Relations Minor

Advertising/Public Relations Minor (15 hrs)
COMS 220 Mass Communication Writing 3
COMS 234 Copy Editing 3
COMS 307 Principles of Advertising and Public Relations 3
Choose one of the following focused areas: 6
Advertising:
COMS 346 Advertising Copywriting and Design 3
COMS 356 Direct Marketing Communication 3
Public Relations:
COMS 357 Public Relations Writing 3
COMS 367 Public Relations Strategies 3

Crisis Communication Minor

Crisis Communication Minor (15 hrs)
COMS 220 Mass Communication Writing 3
COMS 355 Organizational Communication 3
COMS 360 Professional Communication 3
COMS 490 Crisis Communication 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
COMS 335 Argumentation
COMS 345 Persuasion

Journalism Minor

Journalism Minor (18 hrs)
COMS 220 Mass Communication Writing 3
COMS 234 Copy Editing 3
COMS 354 News Writing 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
ARTS 222 Desktop Publishing
COMS 323 Scriptwriting for Visual Media
Choose two of the following courses: 6
ARTS 340 Publication Design
COMS 374 Magazine Writing and Editing
COMS 473 TV News Production
COMS 485 Investigative Reporting

Speech Minor

Speech Minor (15 hrs)
COMS 210 Communication Perspectives 3
Choose four of the following courses: 12
COMS 315 Oral Interpretation
COMS 325 Interpersonal Communication
COMS 330 Small Group Communication
COMS 335 Argumentation
COMS 345 Persuasion
COMS 355 Organizational Communication
COMS 455 Communication Theory
COMS 465 Rhetorical Theory
COMS 475 Criticism of Public Address

Department of Studio & Digital Arts

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

Faculty

RESIDENTIAL - FULL TIME
Professor
Glaze, S.; Smith, A.T.; Sumner

Associate Professor
Davis, D. C.; Edman; Palmer; Slayton

Assistant Professor
Cannon; Maloney; Meyer, D.; Reynolds

Instructor
Isaacson; Phillips, C.


PURPOSE
The purpose of the Department of Studio & Digital Arts is to produce visual artists, graphic designers and art educators rooted in a Christ-centered perspective that governs every decision, action and work of art they undertake in the field of visual art.


Career Opportunities

Advertising Ministry
Business Public Relations
Education Radio
Film Sales
Journalism Television
   
Combined Skills:
Acting News Reporting
Copy Editing Reporting
Copy Writing Public Affairs
Corporate Team Building Communications Research
Editing Publications Social Work
Graphic Illustration Speech Writing
Lobbying Teaching
News Anchor Tutoring
News Directing Web Design

KAPPA PI ART HONOR SOCIETY
Advisor: Professor Eva Palmer

Kappa Pi – Zeta Chi Chapter promotes artistic excellence at the collegiate level.  The purpose of this fraternity will be to form bodies of representative students who will, by their influence and artistic interest, uphold the highest ideals of a liberal education; to provide a means whereby students with artistic commitment meet for the purpose of informal study and communication; to raise the standards of productive artist work among students in the college and universities; to furnish the highest reward for conscientious effort in furthering the best interest of art in the broadest sense of the term, by election to membership in the Fraternity, based upon such meritorious work. 

Membership Criteria

  • B average in art courses

Studio and Digital Arts Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Studio and Digital Arts major is to strive to prepare students, whether studio art or graphic design, who will:

  • Use their professional skills to complement their moral and ethical values;
  • Possess both theoretical and historical understanding of studio and digital arts; and
  • Make practical application of knowledge in professional and personal contexts as a communicator in the field of visual art.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Critically analyze visual imagery in relation to history and culture;
  2. Effectively articulate the meaning of visual imagery;
  3. Visualize, conceptualize, and create visual imagery using traditional and digital materials, media, methods and techniques;
  4. Integrate a Christian worldview with best practices for creating visual imagery.

Programs of Study

Studio and Digital Arts Major (B.S.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (15 hrs)
ARTS 113 Introduction to Design 3
ARTS 201 History of Art 3
ARTS 211 Drawing I 3
ARTS 222 Desktop Publishing 3
ARTS 300 Art as Communication 3
Concentration Courses (30 hrs)
Free Electives (12-16 hrs)
Studio and Digital Arts Major (B.S.) Graphic Design Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (15 hrs)
Concentration Courses (30 hrs)
ARTS 223 Typography 3
ARTS 332 Digital Illustration 3
ARTS 341 Graphic Design 3
ARTS 351 Digital Imaging 3
ARTS 371 Advanced Graphics 3
ARTS 472 Interactive Multimedia 3
ARTS 473 2D/3D Graphics and Animation 3
ARTS 492 Professional Practices 3
ARTS 499 Internship 3
ARTS ___ Elective (300-400 level) 3
Free Electives (12-16 hrs) [6 hours must be upper level]
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 36 hours must be 300-400 level.
Studio and Digital Arts Major (B.S.) Studio Art Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (15 hrs)
Concentration Courses (30 hrs)
ARTS 310 Drawing II 3
ARTS 321 Painting I 3
ARTS 330 Sculpture I 3
ARTS 361 Digital Photography 3
ARTS 420 Painting II 3
ARTS 430 Sculpture II 3
ARTS 492 Professional Practices 3
ARTS 499 Internship 3
ARTS ___ Electives (300-400 level) 6
Free Electives (12-16 hrs) [3 hours must be upper level]
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 36 hours must be 300-400 level.
Studio and Digital Arts Major (B.S.) Studio Art Concentration - Teacher Licensure Requirements
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses in Major (15 hrs)
Concentration Courses (30 hrs)
ARTS 310 Drawing II 3
ARTS 321 Painting I 3
ARTS 330 Sculpture I 3
ARTS 361 Digital Photography 3
ARTS 420 Painting II 3
ARTS 430 Sculpture II 3
ARTS 492 Professional Practices 3
ARTS 497 Special Topics in Studio and Digital Arts 3
ARTS ___ Electives (300-400 level) 6
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Teacher Licensure Requirements (28 hrs)
EDUC 125 Introduction to Education 1
EDUC 221 Content Area Reading and Differentiated Teaching and Learning (Secondary) 2
EDUC 235 Instructional Design: Secondary 1
EDUC 236 Instructional Design Practicum: Secondary 2
EDUC 240 Introduction to Applied Educational Technology Practicum 2
EDUC 360 Foundations of Education 2
EDUC 425 Secondary Measurement and Evaluation 3
EDUC 435 Secondary Curriculum Fundamentals 2
EDUC 436 Secondary Curriculum Fundamentals Practicum 1
Professional Semester
EDUC 475 Seminar in Classroom Management 2
EDUC 476 Student Teaching I 5
EDUC 477 Student Teaching II 5
TOTAL HOURS: 132 hours minimum required; at least 53 hours must be 300-400 level.
*This is an approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Graphic Design Minor

Graphic Design Minor (18 hrs)
ARTS 113 Introduction to Design 3
ARTS 222 Desktop Publishing 3
ARTS 332 Digital Illustration 3
ARTS 341 Graphic Design 3
ARTS 351 Digital Imaging 3
ARTS 371 Advanced Graphics 3

Photography Minor

Photography Minor (18 hrs)
ARTS 113 Introduction to Design 3
ARTS 301 Basic Photography 3
ARTS 351 Digital Imaging 3
ARTS 361 Digital Photography 3
ARTS 461 Advanced Digital Photography 3
ARTS 497 Special Topics in Studio and Digital Arts 3

Studio Art Minor

Studio Art Minor* (18 hrs)
ARTS 113 Introduction to Design 3
ARTS ___ Electives 1 9
Choose one of the following focused areas: 6
Drawing:
ARTS 211 Drawing I
ARTS 310 Drawing II
Painting:
ARTS 321 Painting I
ARTS 420 Painting II
Sculpture:
ARTS 330 Sculpture I
ARTS 430 Sculpture II
Photography:
ARTS 361 Digital Photography
ARTS 461 Advanced Digital Photography
* "C" or above required in prerequisite courses

Students may choose a second combination to fulfill 9 hours.


Department of Theatre Arts

Linda N. Cooper, B.S., M.A.
Chair, Department of Theatre Arts
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Faculty

RESIDENTIAL - FULL TIME
Associate Professor
Cooper, L.; Hayes, S.; Wheeler, S.

Assistant Professor
Brasher; Gawinski; Geffken; Nelson, C.


PURPOSE
The Department of Theatre Arts provides instruction in the theory and practice of theatre performance and production, in order to prepare students for professional stage careers, for graduate study in theatre arts, and for a life of growing appreciation for the theatre and dramatic art. Central to the departmental purpose is the development of observant, sensitive theatrical artists, who, with their skills, training, knowledge, and professional attitudes, may glorify Christ in the world through the practice of their craft and the testimony of their lives.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must receive a “C” or better in all THEA classes.
  • Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 to participate in THEA 200, 300, or 400 classes.
  • See the Department of Theatre Arts Student Handbook for more information.

Career Opportunities

Actor Play Submissions Editor
Art Critic Program Director
Choreographer Properties Master
Director Public Relations
Drama Ministry Publishing License Agent
Dramaturge Script Writer
First Hand Costumer Special Events Coordinator
House Manager Speech Writer
Law Stage Manager
Performing Arts Coordinator
 
Theatre Historian
Theater Manager

ALPHA PSI OMEGA HONOR SOCIETY
Advisor: Mrs. Linda N. Cooper
Alpha Psi Omega is dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in the study of theatre arts.  Chapter activities provide members with opportunities for sharing and advancing their professional interests. Lectures and field trips are designed to awaken theatrical interest, and to promote interaction between students and faculty and amongst other theatre professionals. 

Criteria for membership: An undergraduate student must have completed at least 15 semester hours in theatre arts (excluding performance/production credits) with a grade in all theatre courses averaging at least a 3.50 and must have a general average of at least a 3.25 in all classes.  Candidates must have participated in at least seven main stage productions and be in good ethical standing with the University.  All inductees must be voted into the society by a majority of the Liberty University Department of Theatre Arts faculty and staff.


Theatre Arts Major (B.A.)

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Articulate a personal aesthetic as a creative artist, grounded in the history and current practices of theatre.
  2. Evaluate multiple worldviews from a biblical perspective.
  3. Create original and re-interpretive theatrical work, evidenced by a consistent work ethic and respect for professional ethics.
  4. Integrate research and critical thinking skills to deepen and refine the quality of artistic work.
  5. Communicate effectively in written, oral, visual, and technological formats.

Performance Concentration

  • The student will be able to present a believable representation of humanity utilizing appropriate skills in technique, research and analysis.

Production Concentration

  • The student will be able to clearly present a creative, theatrical design utilizing conceptual thought and thorough research and analysis.

SOPHOMORE HEARING PREREQUISITES
Students must have completed two production credits prior to attempting the Sophomore Hearing.  If attempting performance, they must have completed two on stage credits; if attempting production, they must have completed two production credits; for education, they must have completed one of each.

TEACHER LICENSURE
Teacher preparation and endorsement in Theatre Arts is available through the Department of Theatre Arts in cooperation with the Teacher Education Department. Those wishing to pursue teaching-related programs should seek information from the Teacher Licensure Office in the School of Education. Licensure information is also available at www.liberty.edu/uguide.


Programs of Study

Theatre Arts Major (B.A.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (53-57 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs) [Must be one language]
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (19 hrs)
THEA 200 Play Production I 2
THEA 211 Foundations of Theatre History I 3
THEA 220 Acting I 3
THEA 300 Play Production II 2
THEA 312 Script Analysis 3
THEA 400 Play Production III 3
THEA 490 Senior Project 3
Concentration Courses (24-30 hrs)
Additional Requirement for Major:
Must pass the Sophomore Hearing
Theatre Arts Major (B.A.) Performance Concentration
Concentration Courses (30 hrs)
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 1
THEA 212 Foundations of Theatre History II 3
THEA 250 Voice for the Stage 3
THEA 310 Acting II 3
THEA 390 Stage Accents 3
THEA 420 Acting III 3
THEA 440 Stage Movement 3
THEA 450 Musical Theatre Performance 3
THEA 497 Special Topics in Theatre 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
THEA 422 Classical Acting
THEA 460 Advanced Musical Theatre Performance
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 38 hours must be 300-400 level.
Theatre Arts Major (B.A.) Production Concentration
Concentration Courses (30 hrs)
THEA 212 Foundations of Theatre History II 3
THEA 260 Introduction to Theatrical Design 3
THEA 320 Directing 3
THEA 340 Makeup Design 3
THEA 360 Costume Design 3
THEA 370 Scenic Design 3
THEA 380 Lighting Design 3
THEA 410 Drama in the Church: History and Practice 3
THEA 411 Stage and Theater Management 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
THEA 350 Writing for the Stage
THEA 352 Writing for Church Drama
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
Theatre Arts Major (B.A.) Teacher Licensure Requirements
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (53-57 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs) [Must be one language]
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (19 hrs)
Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
THEA 250 Voice for the Stage 3
THEA 260 Introduction to Theatrical Design 3
THEA 310 Acting II 3
THEA 320 Directing 3
THEA 411 Stage and Theater Management 3
THEA 420 Acting III 3
THEA 440 Stage Movement 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
THEA 360 Costume Design
THEA 380 Lighting Design
Directed Courses (Required) (3 hrs)*
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Teacher Licensure Requirements (31 hrs)
EDUC 125 Introduction to Education 1
EDUC 221 Content Area Reading and Differentiated Teaching and Learning (Secondary) 2
EDUC 235 Instructional Design: Secondary 1
EDUC 236 Instructional Design Practicum: Secondary 2
EDUC 240 Introduction to Applied Educational Technology Practicum 2
EDUC 360 Foundations of Education 2
EDUC 419 Secondary Teaching Methods 2
EDUC 420 Secondary Teaching Methods Practicum 1
EDUC 425 Secondary Measurement and Evaluation 3
EDUC 435 Secondary Curriculum Fundamentals 2
EDUC 436 Secondary Curriculum Fundamentals Practicum 1
Professional Semester
EDUC 475 Seminar in Classroom Management 2
EDUC 476 Student Teaching I 5
EDUC 477 Student Teaching II 5
Additional Requirement for Major:
Must pass the Sophomore Hearing
TOTAL HOURS: 148 hours minimum required; at least 58 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Theatre Arts Minor

Theatre Arts Minor (17 hrs)
THEA 200 Play Production I  1 2
THEA 220 Acting I 3
THEA 250 Voice for the Stage 3
THEA 310 Acting II 3
THEA 312 Script Analysis 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
THEA 211 Foundations of Theatre History I
THEA 212 Foundations of Theatre History II

(2 semesters)



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