The demands of a successful career in contemporary worship ministry and the broader Christian Music industry intersect with the rigor of GCU's engaging Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts degree. The emphasis in digital media appeals to learners who have a desire to combine visual storytelling and media production with Christian music and ministry.
The program equips learners with technical and visual storytelling skills, to create high-quality audio, video and graphics for short or long-format video productions. The theological depth of this program enables scholars to lead in ministry with integrity and skill. At the same time, the spiritual depth at GCU's College of Theology deepens a scholar's ability to develop Christ-like character inwardly. Learners here are equipped to minister with wisdom and sensitivity in Christian worship environment.
Graduates of this program are offered a strong foundation in biblical and theological knowledge. They are skilled in worship leadership, musical performance, musical production and business management. A blend of industry experts, academics and worship leaders cover the course material in this integrative program, to provide learners with a comprehensive set of knowledge and expertise in this arena.
Worship Arts extend beyond worship leadership within local churches. It includes production, performance, visual media and the business side of the contemporary Christian music industry.
The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. In order to view the specific course content and credit length available for your state, please contact a counselor at 877-860-3951 or click here to request more information.
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the Universitys General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
|Competency||Requirements||GCU Course Options||Total Credits|
|University Foundations||Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community. Students with fewer than 24 credits will fulfill the University Foundations requirement with a specified lower-division course. An upper-division selection will be made available to students that enter the university with more than 24 credits.||UNV-103/303, University Success: 4 credits||4 credits|
|Effective Communication||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.||UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits
COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4 credits
|Christian Worldview||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/301.||CWV-101/301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits||4 credits|
|Critical Thinking||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.||MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits||3-4 credits|
|Global Awareness, Perspective and Ethics||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.).||INT-244, World Religions: 4 credits
PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits
If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|WSA-121||Survey of Media and Production for Contemporary Worship||This course surveys interactive media productions, live events, web design, and motion graphics in contemporary worship. Students will explore the purpose and practice of media in worship. Students will learn to optimize media resources in churches of various sizes. A practical survey of settings will be included.||4|
|BIB-106||Old Testament Survey||This course introduces the text of the Old Testament with emphasis on the biblical narrative, genres, major historical periods, and theological themes.||4|
|WSA-161||Worship Summit I||This course offers students a guided experience in which they work collaboratively to write, perform, produce, and market worship music.||0|
|WSA-122||Music in Contemporary Worship||This course addresses philosophy, modes, methods, and other issues concerning the role of music in contemporary worship. Students identify the roots of contemporary worship music and gain an understanding of the social contexts from which music arises. The use of music in communicating the gospel message to each generation of worshipers is explored.||4|
|WSA-222||Introduction to Worship Arts Management||This course surveys the music industry, its structure, and the principal members and their roles, with specific attention paid to the worship arts component of that industry. This course introduces the servant leadership philosophy and its application in the music industry. Ethical leadership principles are also examined.||4|
|BIB-107||New Testament Survey||This course introduces the text of the New Testament with emphasis on the biblical narrative, genres, major historical periods, and theological themes.||4|
|HTH-201||Christian Theology I||This course is a study of theological methodology and the doctrines of revelation, God, humanity, sin, and the person of Jesus Christ with emphasis on the biblical bases for each doctrine.||4|
|WSA-223||Principles of Worship Arts Entrepreneurship||This course introduces the principles needed to build, promote, and manage new organizations, whether within an existing organization, such as a church or ministry, or for an original endeavor. This course introduces business terminology and the basic elements of a business plan. Concepts addressed include teamwork, customer relations, and networking.||4|
|WSA-251||Digital Film Production and Editing||This course introduces students to the complete workflow of a digital production. This hands-on course explores the process of creating media through preproduction, production, and postproduction.||4|
|WSA-261||Worship Summit II||This course offers students a guided experience in which they work collaboratively to write, perform, produce, and market worship music.||0|
|HTH-202||Christian Theology II||This course is a study of theological methodology and the doctrines of the works of Jesus Christ, salvation, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and last times with emphasis on the biblical bases for each doctrine.||4|
|WSA-321||Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs||In the spirit of Colossians 3:16, this course explores the relationship between the gospel of Christ, the life in Christ, and worship in the Christian community. Students are encouraged to reflect on biblical patterns of worship and praise as well as contemporary expressions as they develop understandings and habits related to personal and corporate worship.||4|
|WSA-252||Media Lighting and Design||This course introduces basic film lighting techniques for media productions. This hands-on course allows students to become familiar with important safety procedures and the uses of standard pieces of media lighting equipment. Prerequisite: WSA-251.||4|
|WSA-353||Media Sound Recording and Mixing||This course introduces students to the language and theories common to audio production used in media production. This hands-on course explores field location and studio audio recording and mixing. Prerequisite: WSA-251.||4|
|WSA-322||Theology of Worship||This writing-intensive course is a systematic study of the biblical, historical, and theological dimensions of Christian worship. Emphasis is placed on the development of a thoroughly biblical theology of worship, analysis of historical developments that influenced current worship practices, and the ways that worship forms community and shapes individual worshipers. Prerequisites: HTH-201 and HTH-202.||4|
|WSA-354||Motion Graphics||Motion graphics introduces students to the elements and principles of motion design. Through this hands-on course, students plan, design, and produce title and credit sequences as well as self-contained productions. Emphasis is placed on type in motion and the relationship between graphics, movement, the message, and sound. Creative production includes storyboarding, composition, and legal resourcing of visual elements. Technical content includes utilization of software, compositing, filters, masks, and other effects. Specifications including file formats, pixel resolutions, frame rates, video and audio codecs, and storage systems are covered. Prerequisites: WSA-251 and WSA-353.||4|
|WSA-361||Worship Arts Project I||This course offers students a guided experience in conjunction with a Worship Summit event. Throughout this course students work collaboratively to complete a Worship Arts Project. The course is repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: WSA-161 and WSA-261.||1|
|WSA-423||Worship Leadership||This course equips students to be effective worship leaders who integrate worship throughout a community of faith and lead God's people in faithful worship. This course is designed to develop understandings, skills, and character for effective leadership, administration, and pastoral care within the local church and other worship gatherings. Prerequisite: WSA-322.||4|
|WSA-455||Website Creation and Administration||This hands-on class introduces students to multiple resources available to quickly design, create, and maintain a website, either from a template or through custom-design. Emphasis is placed on systematic gathering and organization of content, and utilization of a content management system for multiple web-authoring tools. Students investigate the connectivity of all social media platforms as related to the movement of text, image, sound, and video content between them. This course is not intended to make the student a web designer, but is intended for people who will regularly interact with sites by creating editing, and updating content.||4|
|WSA-424||Christian Worldview and Media||This writing-intensive course examines the ways in which various media affect, challenge, and enhance the expression of Christian worldview. Special attention is devoted to developing technologies, the Christian life, corporate worship, and the communication of the Christian worldview through multiple modalities.||4|
|WSA-456||Digital Media Production Capstone||This course provides the student with means to synthesize skills and resources gained while in the Worship Arts Digital Media program. Students create a capstone project representative of digital media in the worship or concert setting. Collaboration in creating digital media is emphasized.||4|
|WSA-461||Worship Arts Project II||This course offers students a guided experience in conjunction with a Worship Summit event. Throughout this course students work collaboratively to complete a Worship Arts Project. The course is required of Worship Arts majors during one semester at the senior level. Prerequisites: WSA-361.||1|
|WSA-459||Worship Media Internship||This course consists of an internship experience that offers students the ability to learn and work under the management of a worship arts team in the daily support of worship activities. Practicum/field experience hours: 150. Prerequisite: WSA-455.||6|
|General Education Requirements:||34 - 40 credits|
|Elective Requirements:||0 - 6 credits|
|Total Degree Requirements:||120 credits|
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.