Admissions

FAQ

1. Can I choose more than one program or instrument?
2. Will Visible Music College help me to get into the Christian Music Industry?
3. Can I bring my own laptop to Visible Music College?
4. Do I need a laptop?
5. Why do I have to use a mac? I prefer to use a PC.
6. Does Visible Music College offer any warranty on my machine?
7. Are the software licenses included with my purchased computer able to be transferred to another individual?
8. If my laptop is broken and requires repair, is a loaner computer available?
9. What are specs of the Visible Music College Computer Package?
10. I already own an Apple laptop. Can I just purchase the software I need through the school?
11. If I switch majors can I switch software packages through the school?
12. How do I raise monetary support from my home church?
13. Will I be able to work outside of school?
14. What financial aid is offered at Visible Music College?
15. Does Visible Music College have a dress code?
16. Is Visible Music College affiliated with a denomination?
17. I’d like to visit the school. Is this possible?
18. What is the average age of Visible Music College students?
19. Do I have to be out A high School graduate in order to attend Visible Music College?
20. What’s the status of your capital campaign? Have all of the funds been raised?
21. Are meal plans available?
22. Do you have student housing?
23. Can students have cars on campus?
24. Where do I do my laundry?
25. Where do I get my books and supplies?
26. What are the admissions criteria for Visible?
27. What are the audition criteria for Visible?

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1. Can I choose more than one program or instrument?

Students are required to declare a single program. Students can add a minor, though it will add approximately 18 credit hours to their course of study. Music students are required to declare a primary instrument. Private lessons may be available on instruments beyond that of your primary instrument. These lessons are available provided the student is progressing sufficiently in their primary instrument. The workload for each major is heavy, so consideration of minors or extra lessons will have to be approved through your advisor and the VP of Academics.

2. Will Visible Music College help me to get into the Christian Music Industry?

Possibly. Visible Music College will prepare you to work towards a sustainable and successful music ministry or career within the church or the music industry. Students, through auditions, internships, and taking advantage of opportunities while in school, may have opportunity to tour with a band, work in the office of a booking agency, or intern in Memphis, Chicago, Dallas or another city or country before and after graduation. Since the music business and work in the church is handled in so many different ways, our primary concern is to equip students to develop as great artists, musicians, producers, managers, and worshippers no matter their situation. A big part of college is the finding of one’s calling and preparing to be a leader in the world. Opportunities arise out of God’s timing, hard work, prayer, purpose, and Godly counsel. We believe Visible Music College will help equip you for your heart’s desire in effective ministry, whatever form that takes.

3. Can I bring my own laptop to Visible Music College?

Yes, as long as the laptop meets the minimum standards set for Information Technology for our classrooms. We are an exclusively Apple computer campus. If you have your own Mac already, your computer must meet our minimum requirements and be approved by our Office of Information Technology. Approval must happen before the start of classes. Email our IT manager Matt Brown matt@visible.edu for further info.

4. Do I need a laptop?

Yes. Because of the integration of computers into the curriculum at Visible Music College, we do require all full-time students to have an Apple laptop. Part-time students should check with their instructor prior to registering for a class to find out the computer requirements for that particular class.

5. Why do I have to use a mac? I prefer to use a PC.

As a college focused on training people to enter the music industry, we feel it necessary to use the same tools to train on so that when a student graduates, they are well-versed in the “tools of the trade.”

By having a single computing platform on campus we have been able to integrate much more technology and hands-on training into our curriculum then we could have from a multi-platform campus.

We hope that our students see this while they are here and come to enjoy using their Mac as much as their PC

6. Does Visible Music College offer any warranty on my machine?

We do not offer any warranty for personal computers however computers purchased through Visible Music College will get an Apple Protection Plan (a three year warranty) as part of the package.

All students are encouraged to obtain insurance for their computer to cover any repairs due to accidental damage or theft.

7. Are the software licenses included with my purchased computer able to be transferred to another individual?

No. All software licenses are registered to the individual who purchases the laptop. The software licenses are not transferable to any other individual. Software included with your purchased computer are owned solely by the purchaser; software may not be co-owned.

8. If my laptop is broken and requires repair, is a loaner computer available?

We do not have extra laptops available for students to use while their laptop is being repaired. We do however have library computers loaded with all the software (and then some!) to do your school work should you need to send you laptop in for repair. These computers are always available to students while the building is open.

9. What are specs of the Visible Music College Computer Package?

Visible Music College strives to provide the best quality computer for our students. Because of this, we always purchase the latest offerings direct from Apple just before students arrive on campus. Due to the fact that computers are always changing, the information below should be understood to be changing each year. This information is based on what students received Fall 2015. If you want to know what the latest offerings are, we encourage you to visit http://apple.com/macbookpro.

Hardware:

  • Apple Macintosh 13” MacBook Pro
  • 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB L3 cache
  • 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory
  • 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • MagSafe power port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;5 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera

Software:

  • OS X Yosemite
  • iLife (includes iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, iWeb, iDVD and Garageband)
  • iWork (includes Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
  • Microsoft Office
  • Finale*
  • Logic Studio**
  • Pro Tools**

Also included:

  • Free upgrades of Apple OS X, iLife and iWork for three years
  • Apple Protection Plan (three-year warranty)

* Only available for Modern Music students
** Only available for Audio Production students

All hardware specifications and software is subject to change and is based on the latest available versions.

10. I already own an Apple laptop. Can I just purchase the software I need through the school?

At the current time we are not offering any custom computer software packages through Visible Music College. In this case we would recommend to search for student pricing on any of the software needed for school. There are many discount retailers out there that can make getting the software affordable.

11. If I switch majors can I switch software packages through the school?

No. All software purchases are non-refundable. All software purchased as part of a laptop package through Visible Music College is owned solely by the student. If a student decides to switch majors after enrolling they will be responsible to make sure they purchase the correct software before classes begin.

12. How do I raise monetary support from my home church?

It is not hard if you will begin to express your ministry desires. Many people just need to know your heart. They have already seen your budding gift and would love to contribute to God’s work in you. Talk to someone in leadership in your church about options to let the congregation know about your ministry plans and for help raising support.

13. Will I be able to work outside of school?

You can work part time. We strongly recommend that students not work more than 20 hours a week. We ask that students carefully budget their time in order to devote the needed amount of attention to homework and personal practice time.

14. What financial aid is offered at Visible Music College?

There are various forms of Financial Aid available for those who qualify. Go to the Financial Aid section for information on Financial Aid and how to apply.

15. Does Visible Music College have a dress code?

We do not have an official dress code, however we do encourage modest clothes for all students. Please see the Visible Music College Student Handbook for more information.

16. Is Visible Music College affiliated with one denomination?

No. Visible Music College is an interdenominational college. Our students as well as our staff come from many different denominations. Our Statement of Faith is conservative and evangelical.

17. I’d like to visit the school. Is this possible?

Of Course! We love to have visitors. We have designated events during which you can meet with staff and students and check out some classes. Or if you will be in the area during a time when we do not have events scheduled, contact us and we’ll schedule a tour for you. Contact the Admissions Office to set up an appointment (901) 377-2991.

18. What is the average age of Visible Music College students?

Visible Music College students generally range from 18-29, though we have had students both older and younger than this average. We have a great community of students including international students and married couples, even some with families.

19. Do I have to be a High School Graduate in order to attend Visible Music College?

Yes and No. In order to be enrolled as a degree seeking student, you must have earned a nationally recognized accredited high school diploma or equivalent. However, we do offer dual enrollment options for qualified high school students. To learn more about this contact the Admissions Office.

20. What’s the status of your capital campaign? Have all of the funds been raised?

Almost. We are currently raising funds to finished the 5th floor Student Center and Library in Memphis and to continue our campus developments in Chicago and Dallas. We are still in need of donations to reach our final goal for the capital campaign. We actively seek donations for the “Be Visible” campaign to raise money for places, people, and programs.

21. Are meal plans available?

No. Students are responsible for their own meals. Each student housing unit is equipped with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and stove.

22. Do you have student housing?

Yes. All Student Housing is located at nearby apartments, 1-2 blocks from our main campus facility. Each unit will house four students and has two bedrooms and bathrooms, a full kitchen, bathroom, and a living room. The bedrooms are furnished with twin bunk beds and closet space. The kitchen is outfitted with a full size refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and stove. The apartments include secure parking, access to the pool, picnic area, and gym. Married student housing is not available at this time.

23. Can students have cars on campus?

Yes. Parking is available with student housing and on campus. Parking decals are required (no additional parking fees).

24. Where do I do my laundry?

Laundry facilities are located in each building of the apartments.

25. Where do I get my books and supplies?

All required textbooks are issued directly to students (the cost of books is included in tuition). Our students choose to purchase their instruments and supplies at their favorite stores, both locally and online.

26. What are the admissions criteria for Visible?

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). 

Students under 24 must have an ACT score of 20 or higher, or old SAT combined score of 940 or higher, or 1410 or higher on the new SAT, unless student has previous college credit (6 credit hours minimum). The ACT or SAT test must have been taken within 5 years of the academic term for which the student is applying.

27. What are the audition criteria for Visible?

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