Fonds 21.08 - Academic Faculties and Schools: School of Arts, Music + Culture (SAMC)

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Academic Faculties and Schools: School of Arts, Music + Culture (SAMC)

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  • 2010 - 2021 (Creation)
    School of Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC)

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1.3 cm of textual material
66 posters

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In 2002, then TWU President Neil Snider assembled an external task force to examine and recommend a way forward for media, communications, and fine arts studies; broad recommendations included: 1) to adopt a strategy to establish a School with unique curriculum, strategic relationships and innovative, flexible and comprehensive facilities to offer such programs with the highest degree of ingenuity and market relevancy; 2) the core distinctive of the proposed new School should revolve around the art and process of “storytelling” with the end purpose in mind of creating godly storytellers who are effective leaders and “shapers of culture” through their chosen and modern mediums.

The School of the Arts + Media and Culture (SAMC) was officially launched on April 6, 2010, in Freedom Hall, in the Robert N. Thompson Building, with Dr. David Squires serving as SAMC Dean and Angela Konrad as Assistant Dean. In the words of Dr. Squires, SAMC was established to develop “storytellers who are not only creative but redemptive, who can shape a future of hope, one in which the wisdom of those who have come before us is applied to new problems and challenges in ways that are not only creative but redemptive.”

In 2010, two new professional degrees in Art and Music was added: the BFA in Visual Art and Design, and a Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA). In addition, SAMC's first two professional programs launched in the fall of 2010, the Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.

On May 6, 2011, the peer–reviewed online academic journal Verge: a journal of the arts and Christian faith was launched; the journal was hosted by the SAMC.

In 2019, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Game Development was launched under the direction of Dr. Kevin Schut.

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Fonds consists of the following series: administrative records, academic programs, and events.

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See Fonds 21.02 - Department of Theatre:
Fonds 21.03 - Department of Music:
Serial 09 Verge: a journal of the arts and Christian faith -

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  • Box: Bay 6
  • Box: Bay 18