Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog] [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 https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=23 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 Communication, M.A. in Strategic Communication; Studio & Digital Arts: MFA in Studio & Digital Arts with areas of focus in 2D, 3D, or Graphic Design.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The faculty may change the requirements for the receipt of the degrees listed below, as well as the courses offered, at any time. A student who does not break enrollment will be subject to the graduation requirements of the Catalog at the time of the student's enrollment.

BREAKING ENROLLMENT
For resident students, a break in enrollment occurs when the student fails to enroll in either the Fall or Spring semesters. For online students, a break in enrollment occurs when the student fails to enroll in at least one course during an academic year. The academic year begins with the start of the fall semester and ends with the conclusion of the summer term. Students who break enrollment must apply for readmission and will be subject to the requirements of the Catalog and degree requirements in effect at the time of their readmission.


Department of Digital Media & Communication Arts

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

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

Stuart H. Schwartz, B.S., M.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Director, Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
Professor of Digital Media and Communication Arts


Master of Arts in Communication (M.A.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Communication, a 36 hour program, advances communication degree offering courses in communication theory, strategic methods of communication for practice and contextual application. The program is designed for students wishing a greater understanding and application of communication abilities as they participate in various communication roles in interpersonal relationships, ministry, business and education and prepares students for further graduate studies 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. Critically analyze and apply communication theory and scholarship based on their knowledge of the literature of the discipline.
  2. Conduct and present communication research using appropriate methods and scholarly writing.
  3. Integrate communication theory and professional practices with a Christian Worldview.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific admission procedures to the M.A. in 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 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.
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  • No grades of D or below 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.
  • Degree must be completed within 5 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.

Program of Study
 

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Communication (36 hrs)
Program Option: Resident and Online Formats
Core Courses (12 hrs)
COMS 520 Communication Theory and Practices 3
COMS 522 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Practice
COMS 552 Leadership Communication
COMS 554 Strategies and Tactics of Persuasion
Communication Strategies Courses (Choose 3 of the following) (9 hrs)
COMS 524 Small Group and Team Communications
COMS 558 Listening and Nonverbal Communication
COMS 560 Communication and Conflict
COMS 612 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
Contextual Courses (Choose 3 of the following) (9 hrs)
COMS 542 Communication in Christian Ministry
COMS 550 Communication for Teachers
COMS 622 Organizational Communication
COMS 624 Intercultural Communication
Elective Course (3 hrs)
Select one of the following Courses: COMS 524, 542, 550, 558, 560, 612, 622, 624 or 680
Culminating Experience Course (Choose 1 of the following) (3 hrs)
COMS 670 Comprehensive Examination
COMS 690 Thesis Defense 1
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.

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

PURPOSE
The residential and online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication offers a professional curriculum that emphasizes the principles and practices needed to succeed in the great variety of careers related to growing organizations in the digital communication age. It is designed for all levels of education: for those holding an undergraduate degree who wish to build and/or enhance promotional skills; for continuing education and working adults who wish to pursue a graduate degree with integrated marketing communications at its core; and for those pursuing educational careers who want to expand their value through courses that link theory and technique. Students are pushed to gain the skills necessary, through hands-on agency and project settings, to enhance their current career or begin a new one.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Critically analyze and apply strategic communication principles and practices based on their knowledge of the literature of the discipline.
  2. Formulate and apply a working knowledge of the strategic and integrated marketing communication tools and techniques.
  3. Integrate strategic communication principles and professional practices with a Christian Worldview.

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.
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  • No grades of D or below 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.
  • Degree must be completed within 5 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.

Program of Study

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (36 hrs)
Program Option: Resident and Online Formats
Core Courses (15 hrs)
COMS 526 Investigative Storytelling 3
COMS 532 Media Technologies and Communication Strategies 3
COMS 534 Strategic Media Analysis 3
COMS 546 Effective Social Media 3
COMS 550 Communication for Teachers 3
COMS 552 Leadership Communication 3
COMS 562 Web Strategies for Growth
COMS 622 Organizational Communication 3
COMS 639 The Transmedia Organization 3
COMS 658 Strategic Communication Campaigns for the Digital Age 3
COMS Elective Course (3 hrs)
Select one of the following courses: COMS 520, 522, 524, 542, 558, 560, 612, 624, 630, 652 or 680
Culminating Experience Course (Choose one of the following) (3 hrs)
COMS 670 Comprehensive Examination
COMS 690 Thesis Defense 1
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.

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)

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 grade of D or below 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.
  • 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.

Programs of Study

(M.F.A.) Master of Fine Arts in Studio and Digital Arts (60 hrs)
Program Option: Online and Resident Formats
Core Courses (30 hrs)
Art History and Theory Courses (9 hrs)
ARTS 515 Issues in Contemporary Art 3
Choose two of the following courses: 6
ARTS 503 Advanced Studies in Baroque Art
ARTS 504 Advanced Studies in Medieval Art
ARTS 506 Advanced Studies in Arts of East Asia
ARTS 507 Advanced Studies in Arts in Latin America
ARTS 508 Advanced Studies in Italian and Northern Renaissance Art
ARTS 603 History of Graphic Design
Field Experience Courses (6 hrs)
ARTS 596 Teaching Art in Higher Education
ARTS 598 Practicum
ARTS 599 Internship
ARTS 698 Practicum
ARTS 699 Internship
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/dcps.



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