LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Two schools at Liberty University have merged to create the School of Communications and the Arts (SCA).

The new school, a combination of the School of Communication and Digital Content and the School of Visual and Performing Arts, will serve more than 12,000 students in residential and online programs, according to a university statement.

Scott Hayes will serve as the SCA Residential Dean and Kevin Rawls will serve as the SCA Online Dean.

According to a Liberty University statement, the new school will focus on “experiential, transdisciplinary approaches to learning supported by the skills of design thinking, servant-leadership, empathy, communication, creativity and related modes of thought central to the arts and communication.”

“We want Liberty to be known as the university destination for the very best academic and experiential training in the fields of communication and the arts, enabling our graduates to succeed at the highest levels,” said Liberty President Jerry Falwell, Jr.