Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

School of Visual & Performing Arts

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

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

Stephan Schultze, B.A., M.Adm., M.F.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


Program Directors

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


Faculty

The faculty roster, which can be sorted by department and faculty type, is available at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=27.


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 undergraduate and graduate degrees in order to prepare artists and scholars in the practice and theory of the visual and performing arts. Cinematic Arts is a 2-year full immersion program. Majors, by department, include: B.S. Cinematic Arts; B.F.A. Graphic Design; B.F.A. Studio Arts; B.S. Studio & Digital Arts: concentrations in Graphic Design and Studio Art; B.A. Theatre Arts: concentrations in Arts Administration, Dramaturgy, Performance and Production.

TEACHER LICENSURE
Teacher preparation and endorsement is available in Art Education and Theatre Arts. Add-on endorsements in theatre and studio art are available through the School of Visual & Performing 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.


Cinematic Arts – Zaki Gordon Center

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

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.)

PURPOSE
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 either their sophomore or junior year. Students that enter the cohort program their sophomore year must complete the first two semesters on the B.S. of Cinematic Arts suggested course sequence. Students that enter the cohort program their junior year complete their general education, CINE 201, CINE 202, and CINE 203.

*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 a selective application and acceptance process, at times not all students applying will be offered a place in the program.  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 first 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:

  1. Unofficial university transcripts that provide proof of completion of CORE classes: CINE 201, CINE 202, and 203 with at least a B average
  2. Minimum 2.5 collegiate GPA
  3. One letter of recommendation from:
    1. University instructor or staff member
    2. Past or present employer or peer
  4. Essay/pitch (1,000 words) telling the story of a film the student wants to make
  5. Written letter explaining why the student wants to be a filmmaker.
  6. Oral interview (by appointment)

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

REGARDING CURRENT COHORT STUDENTS
Any student enrolled in the CINE cohort that receives final grade lower than a "C" in any CINE course, will have 60 days to rectify the grade with the instructor of the course. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate this process, not the instructors.

Any student who fails to rectify a grade lower than a "C" within 60 days, will automatically be removed from the program. The student may re-apply for the next CINE cohort entry (usually 1 year later).

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 – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Cinematic Arts (B.S.)


MINOR

Cinematic Arts Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Cinematic Arts Minor (Resident)

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

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
Animator Multimedia Artist
Business Public Relations
Education Sales
Journalism Television
Combined Skills  
Acting Public Affairs
Art Director Reporting
Copy Editing Communications Research
Corporate Team Building Social Work
Editing Publications Teaching
Graphic Illustration Tutoring
Lobbying Web Design
News Reporting  
 

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

Graphic Design Major (B.F.A.)

PURPOSE
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is considered the pre-professional degree, allowing students to gain extensive practice-based course work in the field of graphic design.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students must submit a portfolio of 20 works for entry.
  2. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.


ONLINE PORTFOLIO ADMISSION PROCESS
Prior to submitting portfolio, students must take the following required courses: ARTS 113, ARTS 114, ARTS 211, ARTS 222 and ARTS 223.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Analyze visual imagery in relation to a variety of contexts.
  2. Articulate the meaning of visual imagery.
  3. Create visual imagery using digital practices, while maintaining a Christian worldview.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (B.F.A.) - Resident
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (B.F.A.) - Online

Studio Art Major (B.F.A.)

PURPOSE
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is considered the pre-professional degree, allowing students to gain extensive practice-based course work in the field of studio art.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students must submit a portfolio of 20 works for entry.
  2. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Analyze visual imagery in relation to a variety of contexts.
  2. Articulate the meaning of visual imagery.
  3. Create visual imagery using digital practices, while maintaining a Christian worldview.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

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

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:

  1. Use their professional skills to complement their moral and ethical values;
  2. Possess both theoretical and historical understanding of studio and digital arts; and
  3. 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.

Graphic Design Concentration
The student will be able to learn the principles and techniques of visual communication and is taught how to use them in the workplace. The student will gain strong technical skills and learn production technology.  

Studio Arts Concentration
The student will be able to refine his/her creativity as a painter, sculptor, and more. As the student refines his/her skills, he/she will gain an understanding of the language, aesthetics and cultural impact of visual communication.

Studio Arts Concentration – Teacher Licensure
The student will be able to build on Studio Art skills to prepare for a career in art education in grades K-12. 


Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Studio & Digital Arts (B.S.) - Graphic Design
Bachelor of Science in Studio & Digital Arts (B.S.) - Studio Art
Bachelor of Science in Studio & Digital Arts (B.S.) - Studio Art, Teacher Licensure


MINORS

Graphic Design Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Graphic Design Minor (Resident)

Photography Minor

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOME
The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of design and photo composition.

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Photography Minor (Resident)

Studio Art Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Studio Art Minor (Resident)


Department of Theatre Arts

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

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

  1. Students must receive a “C” or better in all THEA classes.
  2. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 to participate in THEA 200, 300, or 400 classes.
  3. 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
  Theatre Manager
 

ALPHA PSI OMEGA HONOR SOCIETY
Advisor: Mrs. Connie Hecker

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 six 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.

Arts Administration Concentration
The student will be able to apply administrative concepts to determine effective solutions relative to situations in theater.

Dramaturgy Concentration
The student will be able to evaluate critically various texts for the purpose of presenting original theatrical ideas.

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 one production credit prior to attempting the Sophomore Hearing.

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 – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (B.A.) - Arts Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (B.A.) - Dramaturgy
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (B.A.) - Performance
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (B.A.) - Production
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, Teacher Licensure (B.A.)


MINOR

Theatre Arts Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Theatre Arts Minor (Resident)


DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the School of Visual & Performing Arts can be accessed at: www.liberty.edu/dcps.



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