What makes LWCA different from other arts colleges?
No other college offers a program that combines the three elements of Faith, Reason and Art like Living Water College of the Arts. The LWCA program aims to form Artists who have the ability to think and reason, who are informed by truth, and have the skills necessary to create Art that will change the way that people think and live. "
What is LWCA?
Living Water College of the Arts is a post-secondary institution committed to the training and development of Artists who want to make their works a reflection of their faith and intellect and who are committed to making a difference in the secular world through the Arts. The College offers programs which integrate the development of a person’s Artistic craft with personal growth in Faith and a capacity to support both of these with skillful Reason. Artists learn the central role of truth, goodness and beauty in producing Art that is at once compelling and inspiring.
Do I have to be Catholic to attend? What happens if I am not?
The short answer is No, you do not have to be Catholic to attend LWCA. The character of Living Water College is distinctly Catholic, promoting daily growth in faith for all students. Although the College is Catholic in its principles and practice, non-Catholic students who are committed to participating in the fullness of the program are welcome.
Where is Living Water College of Art located?
The college is located near Derwent, Alberta, about 2 hours east of Edmonton. An important reason for attending Living Water College is to grow personally as an intelligent, faithful, creative artist. This growth requires a degree of removal from a society where there are constant sources of distraction. Being aware of the creative power and presence of God is easier when surrounded by a natural setting where very little of what you see and hear is man-made. Reflecting upon great thoughts is easier in relative solitude. Practising artistic skills in drama, painting, writing, and film production is enhanced by the proximity of a variety of settings, both pastoral and urban.
What are your entrance requirements? Age, education, English, etc.
Entrance is open to those who demonstrate their maturity and readiness for post-secondary learning. Applicants will typically be at least 18 years of age with a grade 12 equivalency. Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, as all classes will be held in English.
For what type of employment will the graduate be prepared?
The Living Water program equips artists to work in various artistic environments, including visual media and the performing arts. They will have developed technical skills through practical hands-on experience and instruction by experienced Artists. A portfolio of work provides concrete evidence of the Artistic accomplishments of the graduate, providing prospective employers or institutions with tangible insight into the graduate's skills and creativity.
What is the program at LWCA?
In September of 2021, the College begins a 10-month Arts program. Students will experience Drama, Drawing and Painting, Iconography, Writing (poetry, fiction, scripts and screenplays), Audio/Sound design, and Production skills for film and modern visual media. Meanwhile, students will develop Reason and critical thinking by reading and discussing the works of classical teachers from Aristotle to St. Augustine. Their Faith will be strengthened with Scripture study, daily Mass and community prayer, spiritual direction, Adoration, and reflection upon the interior life.