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    Southern Adventist University
   
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Visual Art and Design


Dean: Randall Craven

Faculty: Marc Boyson, Hendel Butoy, David George, Zachary Gray, Ed Guthero, Giselle Hasel, Joe La Com, Nicholas Livanos, Elizabeth Pontvik, Jesse Rademacher

Adjunct Faculty: Aaron Adams, John Cline, Terry Dietrich, Carrie May Ezell, Leah Hackett, Elizabeth Rogers, John Simmons, Andrew Strong

Visiting Professor: Rik Swartzwelder

Visiting Artist: Eszter Sziksz

Program Coordinators:

  • Animation, Zachary Gray
  • Film Production, David George
  • Graphic Design, Randall Craven
  • Technical Animation, Zachary Gary
  • Art, Elizabeth Pontvik
  • Art-Therapy, Randall Craven
  • Art Education K-12, Marc Boyson
  • Fine Arts, Elizabeth Pontvik

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, Matt Schiller
  • Art History: Adera Causey
  • Film: Terry Benedict, Martin Doblemeier, Rik Swartzwelder, Thomas Wentworth
  • Fine Art: Emily Clawson, Eun Ju Kang, Chang Park, Bob Pennebaker, Alison Stigora, Eszter Sziksz
  • Graphic Design: Brian Gray

Mission

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.

Assessment

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 through 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.

Admission

At the end of the freshmen year all students must pass a formal review in order to be admitted into a degree program offered by the School of Visual Art and Design. Students declaring a major in the SVAD at the beginning of the winter semester will be reviewed at the end of the following academic year. This review is designed to ensure development of the proper fundamental competencies needed to thrive in subsequent coursework. Students participating in the freshman review are expected to display a collection of work completed during their time in the SVAD, and if applicable, any work completed prior to enrollment. Overall performance in essential foundation sequences is evaluated by examining growth in knowledge, artistic thinking, and significant skill development. Students may not enroll in major-specific sophomore level courses until passing this review. Students entering the SVAD by changing majors or transferring from another institution are subject to this same admission process. 

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 SVAD. 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 specific to the major must be approved by this review process before a student is allowed to register for classes in the SVAD.

Studio Courses

Many courses offered by SVAD are considered studio courses. Studio courses are scheduled in large blocks of time because much of the course work is skill-based, involving individual/collaborative creativity and problem solving. Therefore extended class time is provided 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.

Animation Policies

Character Animation and Effects Animation Admission Requirements

In addition to completing School of Visual Art and Design admission requirements, animation majors must meet the following criteria before beginning sophomore-level animation courses: 

  1. Completion of general education ENGL 101 .
  2. Completion of drawing sequence ART 104  and ART 105  with a “B” grade or better.
  3. Completion of design sequence ART 109  and 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.

Observational Drawing

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. Animation students are expected to keep an active sketchbook practice as a record of these observations. School of Visual Art and Design may provide Open Figure Drawing Sessions as learning opportunities offered outside of formal classes to assist in this goal. Any animation major taking a course that includes an emphasis in drawing may be required to present their sketchbook as part of their class curriculum. The quantity and quality and time commitment will be stated on the course’s syllabus.

Film Production Policies

Film Production Admission Requirements

In addition to completing School of Visual Art and Design admission requirements, film production majors must meet the following criteria before beginning sophomore-level film production courses:

  1. Completion of general education ENGL 101 .
  2. Completion of ART 104  with a “B” grade or better.
  3. Completion of design sequence ART 109  and ART 110  with a “C” grade or better.
  4. Completion of film production sequence ARTF 112 , ARTF 114 , ARTF 215  and ARTF 234  with a “C” grade or better.
  5. Freshman portfolio review committee recommendation.

Fine Art Policies

Fine Art Admission Requirements

In addition to completing School of Visual Art and Design admission requirements, fine art majors must meet the following criteria before beginning sophomore-level fine art courses:

  1. Completion of general education requirement ENGL 101 .
  2. Completion of foundation drawing sequence ART 104  and ART 105  with a grade of “B” or better.
  3. Completion of foundation design sequence ART 109  and ART 110  with a grade of “B” or better.
  4. Freshman portfolio review committee recommendation.

Graphic Design Policies

Graphic Design Admission Requirements

In addition to completing School of Visual Art and Design admission requirements, graphic design majors must meet the following criteria before beginning sophomore-level graphic design courses:

  1. Completion of general education requirement  .
  2. Completion of foundation drawing sequence   and   with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. Completion of foundation design sequence   and   with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Completion of graphic design foundation sequence   and   with a grade of “C” or better.
  5. Freshman portfolio review committee recommendation. 

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