Undergraduate Practicum: Studio & Digital Arts (SADA)

Register for Your Practicum

The practicum is field experience where you will work under a site supervisor for 30 hours per credit hour (Studio BFA students are required to take 3 credits hours for 90 contact hours total) and are tasked with the creation of a significant body of creative work during the experience. Practicum students 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 for the practicum.

Hours of Work

A 1-credit hour practicum requires that you work at least 30 hours.

  • Studio BFA students are required to take 3 credits for practicum (either 30 hours each or 90 total hours) as part of their concentration.
  • Graphic design BFA students are required to take 1 credit for practicum (30 contact hours) as part of their concentration.
  • Studio BFA students may choose to register for a practicum for more than one credit hours. Up to 3 credit hours are allowed (90 contact hours).

Credit Hours

All credit hours of your practicum must be completed within your major – not your minor. 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.

Additionally, 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 a practicum, you must have:

  • 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Declared a major within the SADA department
  • Completed 15 hours within your major
  • No more than one outstanding BWVW/CSER requirement

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. Attend an internship workshop the semester before you plan to complete the practicum. This is where you will receive detailed instructions and required paperwork. Look for emails from the Studio and Digital Arts throughout the semester announcing dates/times of workshops.
  2. Fill out the paperwork you receive at the workshop. 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 (attend workshop in spring semester)
  • Fall internship – third Friday in April (attend workshop in spring semester)
  • Spring internship – third Friday in November (attend workshop in fall semester)

*Because the prerequisite approvals and contract take time to complete, please allow for 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 an internship. 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.