May 12, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Visual Art and Design

Dean: Randall Craven

Faculty: Hendel Butoy, David George, Zachary Gray, Ed Guthero, Giselle Hasel, Clint Ratliff, Dean Scott, Kenneth Willes

Adjunct Faculty: John Cline, Terry Dietrich, John Simmons, Andrew Strong

Visiting Professor: Rik Swartzwelder

Production Company Manager: Leif Ramsey

Supporting Institution: Hunter Museum of American Art

Industry Advisers:

  • Animation: Aaron Adams, Sean Amlaner, Michael Hutchinson, Kevin Jackson, Kevin Lee, Jeff MacNeil
  • Art History: Adera Causey
  • Film: Mark Thomas, Rik Swartzwelder
  • Fine Art: Chang Park, Eun Ju Kang


The School of Visual Art and Design at Southern Adventist University provides an environment of artistic and technical excellence that equips students to make a positive impact in their world, acknowledging God as the source of their creativity.


Our primary focus is to help develop individual creativity, commitment, and a strong portfolio, regardless of the discipline. Students in the School of Visual Art and Design will produce and maintain a portfolio of their work from their freshman year onward and will be reviewed by the school’s faculty at specified intervals for each major. Recommendations are made, on the basis of these reviews, to aid in student advisement and to guide optimal growth. The effectiveness of the school is determined by scheduled reviews by a portfolio review committee and curriculum assessments by visiting professionals. Due to this School’s emphasis on preparation for professional work and service a grade point average of 3.00 (B) is required for all internships. In considering the level of discipline and skill required to produce art at a competitive level, for either preparation for graduate school or viability in the industry, we strongly recommend that students achieve a grade point average of B before going on to a subsequent course.

Transfer Credit

Transfer students who wish to enroll in an academic program offered by the School of Visual Art and Design may receive credit for art courses taken elsewhere. Transfer credits for art courses are subject to a review and approval process by the School of Visual Art and Design. All credits, which are intended for transfer, must be accompanied by all relevant course work and course descriptions (or syllabus) from the previous institution that is commensurate with the course in question. A review committee will assess the portfolio and course description for each credit transfer request and then ascertain whether credit can actually be transferred. This is designed to help ensure the student’s success in a subsequent course. Enrollment is subject to this approval process. All transfer credits, that are specific to the major, must be approved by this review process before a student is allowed to register for classes in the School of Visual Art and Design.

Studio Courses

Many courses offered by SVAD are considered Studio Courses. Studio Courses are provided in large blocks of time because much of the coursework involves individual/collaborative creativity, problem solving, and is skill-based. The extended time is designed to give the student an opportunity to work on projects and assignments under the direct guidance of the instructor. For a typical three credit hour course the student will receive five contact hours per week.

Character Animation and Effects Animation Admission Requirements

Admission to the Animation program is required before beginning sophomore level animation courses. Students admitted must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of general education: ENGL 101 
  2. Completion of drawing sequence ART 104  - ART 105  with a “B” grade or better.
  3. Completion of design sequence ART 109  - ART 110  with a “C” grade or better.
  4. Completion of animation sequence AART 104 , AART 106 , and AART 108  with a “C” grade or better.
  5. Freshman portfolio review committee recommendation.

Freshman Portfolio Review

A faculty panel will meet, at the end of the freshman year, to review each student’s entire portfolio and then determine acceptance in the Animation Programs. The student participating in the Freshman Portfolio Review is expected to display a collection of work completed during their time in the School of Visual Art and Design and, if applicable, any work completed prior to enrollment. This review is an evaluation of the student’s overall development and performance in the foundation sequences. This review process considers the student’s growth in knowledge and comprehension, artistic thinking, and significant skill development.

Open Drawing Sessions

The animation students are expected to develop a lifestyle that includes the habit of drawing, from direct observation, in order to nurture and maintain their skills. An opportunity for this goal is provided through Open Drawing Sessions. These sessions are organized by the School of Visual Art and Design as learning opportunities offered outside of formal classes. Any animation major taking a course, that includes an emphasis in drawing, may be required to attend these sessions. The quantity and quality of the time commitment expected by required attendance will be stated on the course’s syllabus.