Communicators in the 21st century enjoy resources never imagined by previous generations. Who will harness this power? Those who are skilled at their craft. Regent University’s School of Communication & the Arts trains media and entertainment professionals to the highest standards of the profession and from a Christian worldview. With an emphasis on knowledge and faith — together — our students are taught by expert faculty in state-of-the-art facilities.
Shape Your Culture — Integrate Your Faith — Develop Your Artistry
You believe that redemptive, positive-value stories are worth telling. At Regent University’s School of Communication & the Arts (SCA), we will teach you to craft your stories in ways that are both compelling and meaningful. Here, you’ll learn how to develop your voice, perfect your God-given talent, engage your audience, and leave a lasting impression — all in a faith-based environment that helps you align your artistic vision with your calling.
As a Regent student, you’ll have at your disposal state-of-the-art facilities, numerous opportunities to practice your craft, and an accomplished faculty of mentors who are published scholars, playwrights and media professionals. These resources have led to over 300 prestigious awards in film at the regional, national and international levels, as well as multiple awards for journalism publications, theatre performances, music videos and television programs.
Are you ready to tell your story?
We require a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited university. The School of Communication & the Arts will make acceptance decisions based on the totality of the student’s application file. We look at GPA, standardized test scores, the writing sample, references and the personal goals statement when considering someone for admission. If any one of these items is not strong the other pieces may help strengthen that applicant’s file.
Yes, the School of Communication & the Arts has merit scholarships which are competitive and based on a student’s undergraduate GPA. See the Financial Aid section of our website for full details. We award financial aid monies on a first come, first served basis, so apply as early as possible for best chances at aid money.
Yes, upon acceptance you have up to one academic year to enroll. If you do not matriculate within one academic year, a new application will be required.
Oftentimes applicants will send us transcripts while in their senior year of school. The transcript is missing a final class or two, and thus the actually earned degree (B.A., B.S., etc.) is not posted on the transcript. Regent needs the final transcript where the degree earned has been clearly posted. Until we receive that final transcript, your admissions file is still incomplete.
An MFA is a talent-based terminal degree. This represents the highest academic degree one could earn in the performing arts field (there is no Ph.D. in Acting, Directing, etc.). An MFA not only credentials you in your field, but it is also a requirement to teach performing arts at the university level. An M.A., on the other hand, is a graduate degree which will still fully immerse you in your field and prepare you for your career, but since it requires fewer hours, it is not considered a terminal degree. Your future career aspirations should determine whether you pursue an M.A. or an MFA. If you have any doubt as to the best option for you, we would be glad to discuss this with you.
Our admissions office aims to have a decision made on your file within five business days from the time it is completed. All MFA and Ph.D. files are reviewed at one time annually by degree.
Students are encouraged to go at the pace they are comfortable with. Many students hold full-time jobs and have families, taking only one or two classes per semester as time allows.
We don’t have a “typical” student. We are a community of artists and professionals-in-training who, though varied in our passions and interests, are united in a common desire to see the light of Christ shine through our creative works. Our student population is about equally split between males and females. Our average student is aged 34, though we have students in the program from age 20 to 60. We have an ethnically diverse student body as well: Caucasian, 67 percent; African-American, 17 percent; Hispanic, 4 percent; Other, 12 percent.
In the School of Communication & the Arts, technical tools are important for effectively accomplishing class projects. While we don’t endorse any platform, in particular, we offer the following guidelines:
No, some students buy their own, but Regent University’s FTV Equipment Office stocks cameras and other equipment needed for FTV class assignments.
Regent University strongly recommends that FTV students purchase their own system for editing class projects. FTV courses require students to shoot and edit their own class projects.
Regent University recommends that you purchase your own system for editing class projects. For general coursework, there are several computer labs on campus, but there are no general editing labs.
An older computer might run new editing software, but performance will be slow and possibly unstable. If your system is more than three years old or does not meet minimum software requirements, you should consider a new computer system.
Buying a new system gets you a warranty from the manufacturer. Manufacturer warranties are typically one year, but most offer an extended three-year-warranty for an additional cost. A newer system is faster and more stable, which can make you more productive with less waiting and frustration.
Because requirements are so complex and varied, we strongly advise that you follow your software’s recommended — not the minimum — configuration for whichever system you choose.
Both platforms are viable for post-production work — assuming proper configurations in both cases. However, Apple editing software only works on Macs. Avid and Adobe software work on both Macs and PCs.
While laptops offer portability, properly configured systems are costly and offer limited upgrade capability. In general, properly configured desktops are less costly than laptops and are easier to upgrade.
Depending on your editing needs, there are several good choices. Your system must be able to input, edit and output HD video in various formats. It must also be able to create titles and layer several tracks of audio (dialogue, sound effects and music). Depending on your needs, this can be as basic as the free software that often comes bundled with computers or as elaborate as the professional systems on the market.
Regent recommends that you have a DVD burner for completing assignments and for data backups, but it’s not required. External, name-brand USB DVD burners can be purchased for under $30.
Yes, the faster and higher the capacity the better. USB 3 for PCs and Thunderbolt or USB 3 for Macs.
No, computer or editing software problems should be handled by the manufacturer or dealer. Regent University recommends that you buy an extended service agreement with help-desk support if you’re not comfortable troubleshooting on your own.