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 or product 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. 

Finding a Practicum

We recommend that all students contact the Career Center to locate an approved practicum – this is your first point of contact. Look for the appointment tab to request an appointment with a Career Counselor.

The Career Center has made it even easier for you to connect with professionals in your area and around the world. It is recommended that you visit our Career Fairs. Here you’ll have access to Liberty University’s ever-expanding network of professionals looking for new talent. This is an excellent opportunity for you to network and learn what positions are available. The Career Center website contains information for all Liberty talent, including residential, online, and alumni. All students have access to Career Counselors as well.  Residential students meet in person, and online students have exclusive rights to phone appointments.

Additionally, the Career Center has created a resource for practicum opportunities through the LUNETWORK. LUNETWORK has over 10,500 employers and an average of 1,000 open positions every day, which change daily. You can find not only practicums and internships, but full-time positions through LUNETWORK, where employers specifically promote opportunities to Liberty talent – which is you!

You may acquire a position outside of the Career Center; however, there is important information you will need pertaining to paid and unpaid positions. If you intern with a For-profit company/organization you must be paid at least minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) for all contact hours. Non-profits and government entities are exempt from this requirement, but some of these are starting to pay as well. Whether your practicum is paid or not, the experience is what you are looking for, so measure carefully as to what you will gain through the experience when considering an internship.

There is one exception to the For-profit and Non-profit guidelines set by the U. S. Department of Labor. If the product is created by the student for the student’s portfolio, the site supervisor serves as mentor and does not benefit from the creation of the product. In this case, the U. S. Department of Labor guidelines do not apply. Why? The student benefits, not the company/organization. If the product, however, is created for the company/organization, the
U. S. Department of Labor guidelines for For-profit and Non-profit still apply. Why? The company/organization benefits.

Practicum Site Responsibilities 

You must be directly supervised by a site supervisor 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.?

  • A virtual practicum is acceptable. Site supervisor means a physical employer, so the activity between the employer and the student can be online/remote interaction if this is the method in which the company/organization conducts their business.
  • The company/organization must provide enough work to fill the work hour requirements agreed upon in the contract.
  • Your site supervisor must agree to give feedback about your experience filling out a mid and final evaluation. 

Practicum Eligibility 

To be eligible for a practicum, 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.

  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.

  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.