Langley, BC— On April 6th TWU celebrates the launch of the School of the Arts, Media and Culture (SAMC), accompanied by a two week festival which will showcase the creative accomplishments of students and faculty.
Dean of the current Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts (FPSPA), David Squires, Ph.D. will serve as Dean of the new School which he and colleagues developed over the past few years. “The transition from a Faculty to a School is significant for us and for students planning to pursue careers in the arts and media,” says Squires. “As a School, we will be offering new professional degrees and will be able to provide greater preparation for careers or graduate studies in visual art, communications, media, theatre and music.”
Pending approval by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, the SAMC will launch two new degrees in Fall 2010: a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications. “The BFA in Acting is the standard for professional actor training, with much more classroom, rehearsal and stage experience than the typical BA major program,” Squire comments. “With TWU’s emphasis on the importance of the liberal arts and the mentoring of the artist by highly qualified professional theatre faculty, this will be an exceptional program.”
Additionally, the new BA in Corporate Communications is unique among undergraduate university degrees in Canada, bringing together studies in business, communications, media, writing, and leadership. Future plans for SAMC also include offering a BFA in Visual Art and Design, and a Bachelor of Musical Arts.
Presenting an interdisciplinary education within the arts and media is one of the primary goals of SAMC, adds Squires. The new degrees provides both a liberal arts education and offers foundational courses for all students in the School that explore the interrelationship between art, music, theatre, and culture.
Squires anticipates that the SAMC programs and courses will provide new opportunities for students. “These courses will enable students to locate their own particular discipline of study within the wider field of the arts and culture throughout history, and will encourage the kind of interdisciplinary thinking and experience which is so much a part of our contemporary culture,”
In conjunction with the launch, the School is hosting the Festival of the Arts, Media and Culture which runs from April 6th-April 16th. The event features students and faculty in musical concerts, art shows, film festivals, mixed media showcases and theatre performances.
“The School will continue to build on the creative riches and diversity of our faculty and students,” Squire concludes. “What better way to launch The SAMC than with two weeks of art, literature, music, film, and theatre events!”
Events are being held each day during the festival, and are open to the public. See below for more information.
Tuesday, April 6
School of the Arts, Media and Culture (SAMC) Launch Celebration
10:00pm Student Party (Freedom Hall, RNT)
Wednesday, April 7
Chamber Music: An Intimate Evening of Small Ensembles
7:30pm, Instrumental Hall, Music Building (Room 210)
Thursday, April 8
Music at Midday: Recital by Music Faculty (1:15pm, Freedom Hall, RNT)
Between Words: Senior Art Show Opening Reception (6:30pm, Langley Centennial Museum, Fort Langley; show runs April 3 – May 1)
Friday, April 9
Concert Band & Orchestra Concert: Works by Gershwin, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, and Rossini (7:30pm, Shepherd of the Valley Church, Langley)
Saturday, April 10
24 Hour Theatre: Plays Made in a Day—Now on Stage (7:30pm, Freedom Hall, RNT)
Concert Band & Orchestra Concert: Works by Gershwin, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, and Rossini (7:30pm, Peace Lutheran Church, Abbotsford)
Sunday, April 11
Voices in Song: Choral Concert (3:00pm, Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church, Abbotsford)
Monday, April 12
New Plays from Trinity: Staged Readings of Student Plays (7:30pm, Freedom Hall, RNT)
Tuesday, April 13
Vignettes: Student Literature and Photography (7:30pm, Freedom Hall, RNT)
Wednesday, April 14
Jazz Night: Vocal and Instrumental Combos (7:30pm, Instrumental Hall, Music Building (Room 210))
Thursday, April 15
Spotlight: Recital by Music Majors (6:00pm, Instrumental Hall, Music Building (Room 210)
Ibsen’s A Doll House: Scenes by Acting Students (8:00pm, Freedom Hall, RNT)
Friday, April 16
Cinergy/Big Break Film Festival: Two annual film events combine in 2010 for one great student film competition. Professional judges in the industry pick an overall winner and give awards for best directing, cinematography, scriptwriting and acting with prizes from Apple, an official sponsor. (7:30pm, Northwest Auditorium)
All events by donation.
Please note: all events are scent-free. Thank you for your cooperation.
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.
Last Updated: 2010-04-06