Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

School of Visual & Performing Arts

Administration

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

Kevin Rawls, B.S., M.A.R., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Associate Dean, LUO


PROGRAM DIRECTORS
A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


FACULTY
All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=28 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


PURPOSE
The School of Visual & Performing Arts, comprising the Cinematic Arts–Zaki Gordon Center along with the Departments of Studio and Digital Arts, and Theatre Arts, offers graduate degrees in order to prepare artists and scholars in the practice and theory of the visual and performing arts. Degrees, by department, include Studio & Digital Arts: MFA in Studio Art and MFA in 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 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 Arts in Visual Communication Design (M.A.) – Available in Spring 2018

FORMAT
This program is delivered online.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the program 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.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Generate visual communication design solutions using a variety of graphic technologies.
  2. Assess the efficacy of visual communication design in relation to its content.
  3. Formulate research based visual communication solutions based on knowledge of the literature/artifacts of the discipline.
  4. Apply aesthetic and visual design principles to original compositions.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
The Master of Arts in Visual Communication Design program will follow the standard admission, curriculum and graduation requirements as stated in the Liberty University Graduate Catalog with the following specific admission procedures:

  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 with a 2.0 GPA will be admitted on caution.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 15 hours 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

  • Complete 30 hours.
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  • 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.
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  • All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Arts in Visual Communication Design (M.A.)


Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (M.F.A.)

FORMAT
This program is delivered both in residence and online.

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 Graphic Design 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 specific admission procedures:

  1. Regionally or nationally accredited bachelor's degree with at least a 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) for acceptance in good standing.
  2. Students with a GPA of 2.50 to 2.99 (on a 4.00 scale) may be considered for admission on Academic Caution.  Students admitted on Academic Caution are required to take and pass GRST 500 Intro to Graduate Writing ion their first semester.
  3. Departmental Approval
  4. TOEFL scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test; 250 computer-based test; 80 internet based test)
  5. Artist Statement

-The artist statement should include your artistic background, area(s) of specialty, and the intended direction of your work. This is your opportunity to provide context for your art and design.

  1. Master of Fine Arts Portfolio

-The successful portfolio should include no less than 20 images that best depict the applicant's abilities and interests in their desired field of study. (Please note: applications for the online MFA will only be considered in the area of graphic design).

- Submitted images should be professionally photographed/ composed and be "client" ready.

- Neat and professional presentation, layout, and image quality should be considered by the applicant when submitting his/her work for review. The submitted work samples should clearly demonstrate the applicant's strong design skills, aesthetic style, and potential for success in the program.

- All submitted images should be original creative artifacts designed by the applicant. Credit must be given when collaborative works are included.

- This will be submitted via SlideRoom, this is a $10 Non-refundable fee.

  • Provide 20 items.
  • Images (up to 5MB each)
  • Video (up to 250MB each)
  • PDFs (up to 10MB each)
  • Models (Sketchfab)

- The portfolio requirement is waived for applicants who transfer in at least 30 credit hours into the program.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 30 credit hours 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

  • Complete 60 hours.
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  • 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.
  • Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (M.F.A.)


Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts (M.F.A.)

FORMAT
This program is delivered in the resident format only.

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 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 specific admission procedures:

  1. Regionally or nationally accredited bachelor's degree with at least a 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) for acceptance in good standing.
  2. Students with a GPA of 2.50 to 2.99 (on a 4.00 scale) may be considered for admission on Academic Caution.  Students admitted on Academic Caution are required to take and pass GRST 500 Intro to Graduate Writing ion their first semester.
  3. Departmental Approval
  4. TOEFL scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test; 250 computer-based test; 80 internet based test)
  5. Artist Statement

-The artist statement should include your artistic background, area(s) of specialty, and the intended direction of your work. This is your opportunity to provide context for your art and design.

  1. Master of Fine Arts Portfolio

-The successful portfolio should include no less than 20 images that best depict the applicant's abilities and interests in their desired field of study. (Please note: applications for the online MFA will only be considered in the area of graphic design).

- Submitted images should be professionally photographed/ composed and be "client" ready.

- Neat and professional presentation, layout, and image quality should be considered by the applicant when submitting his/her work for review. The submitted work samples should clearly demonstrate the applicant's strong design skills, aesthetic style, and potential for success in the program.

- All submitted images should be original creative artifacts designed by the applicant. Credit must be given when collaborative works are included.

- This will be submitted via SlideRoom, this is a $10 Non-refundable fee.

  • Provide 20 items.
  • Images (up to 5MB each)
  • Video (up to 250MB each)
  • PDFs (up to 10MB each)
  • Models (Sketchfab)

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 30 credit hours 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

  • Complete 60 hours.
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  • 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.
  • Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (M.F.A.)

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



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