College of Fine Arts and Production Minor Degree Programs

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Across the College of Fine Arts and Production, our minor degree programs offer an integrated approach to performance, music, dance, film and the visual arts. Train collaboratively with other students under the close guidance of seasoned instructors while enhancing your creativity, confidence and performance abilities. Learn how to apply your talents professionally, as well as through servant leadership and community outreach. Explore your options below for the minor to best suit your ambitions.

Minor in Advertising and Graphic Design - 16 Credits

Minor in Advertising and Graphic Design Communication using fundamental of advertising can be used across a variety of disciplines in many settings. The Advertising and Graphic Design minor at Grand Canyon University introduces students to the foundations of design and methods of production. The student is familiarized with a fundamental understanding of advertising principles that have many applications.

  • Design Thinking (DDN-101)
  • Design Fundamentals (DDN-110)
  • Production Methods (DDN-120)
  • Fundamentals of Advertising (ADV-110)


Minor in Dance - 19 Credits

The minor in dance provides students with the opportunity to enhance their major program of study with an artistic form that promotes self-development, interpersonal skills, innovation and collaboration. Explore the creative process from rehearsal to live performance. GCU's dance program has a triple-track design, offering jazz, ballet and modern/contemporary dance technique.

  • Introduction to Ballet Technique (DAN-100)
  • Introduction to Jazz Technique (DAN-101)
  • Introduction to Modern Technique (DAN-120)
  • Improvisation for Dance (DAN-210)
  • Ballet II (DAN-250)
  • Jazz II (DAN-260)
  • Modern II (DAN-270)
  • Vernacular Dance: Urban & Hip Hop I (DAN-313)
  • Dance History I (DAN-315)
  • Dance Kinesiology and Injury Prevention (DAN-355)
  • Choreography I: Space and Time/Design and Dance (DAN-385)


Minor in Digital Design - 24 Credits

Students pursuing a minor in digital design learn to plan, analyze and create visual solutions. This program focuses on the development of creativity, communication and problem-solving skills that demonstrate critical thinking and ethical leadership. Dive into topics such as design theory and application, including color, typography, illustration, photography and composition principles necessary to prepare print or Web-based design. Create interactive computer graphics using technologies standard in the computer graphics and design industries.

  • Design Fundamentals (DDN-110)
  • Designing with Type (DDN-210)
  • 2D Animation Design (DDN-220)
  • Web Design I (DDN-300) History of Design (DDN-340)
  • Business for the Design Professional (DDN-400)


Minor in Digital Film - 20 Credits

The minor in digital film is designed to produce leaders in the fields of narrative film and video production. The program is built on developing a strong foundation in narrative storytelling, technical skills and the hands-on experience necessary to design and deliver powerful messages. Learn the historic, written and technical aspects of filmmaking and take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with other students on original productions offered by the College of Fine Arts and Production.

  • Introduction to Cinema: History and Aesthetics (DFP-101)
  • Digital Video Production I (DFP-111)
  • Screenwriting I (DFP-221) Nonlinear Editing (DFP-225)
  • Cinema Directing (DFP-311)


Minor in Music

A minor in music enhances any area of study, from accounting to worship and everything in between. Music studies provide opportunity to develop character, creative problem-solving, higher-level thinking, leadership skills, cooperation and respect for others, and a greater understanding of an individual’s place within the Christian worldview. All music minors are requested to take the Music Theory Placement Assessment to determine their level of knowledge in music theory.

Minor in Music – Instrumental – 24 Credits

  • Music Theory I (MUS-130)
  • Music Theory I (MUS-130L)
  • Music Theory II (MUS-160)
  • Music Theory II (MUS-160L)
  • Applied Instruction (MBE, MIE, MSE or MWE)
  • Four Semesters of Music Ensemble Music Appreciation (MUS-210)
  • Symphonic Literature (MUS-379)
  • Conducting (MUS-223)

Minor in Music – Piano – 24 Credits

  • Music Theory I (MUS-130)
  • Music Theory I (MUS-130L)
  • Music Theory II (MUS-160)
  • Music Theory II (MUS-160L)
  • Applied Instruction/Private Piano Study (MAP)
  • Four Semesters of Music Ensemble Music Appreciation (MUS-210)
  • Piano Literature I (MUS-370)
  • Conducting (MUS-223)

Minor in Music – Vocal – 24 Credits

  • Music Theory I (MUS-130)
  • Music Theory I (MUS-130L)
  • Music Theory II (MUS-160)
  • Music Theory II (MUS-160L)
  • Applied Instruction/Private Voice Study (MVA)
  • Four Semesters of Music Ensemble Italian Diction (MUS-111)
  • German Diction (MUS-211) Conducting (MUS-223)


Minor in Theatre - 24 Credits

GCU is known for its outstanding theatre programs. Earn a minor in theatre and enjoy a uniquely cooperative approach to the fine arts. Prepare for a future where you will be able to apply your performance and production skills across a variety of disciplines. Take part in the University Theatre Series in numerous capacities and explore the creative process from rehearsal to live performance. Our global approach to theatre education training helps you become multi-faceted and prepares you to succeed in today's marketplace

  • Stagecraft (TRE-130) Acting I (TRE-145)
  • Fundamentals of Theatrical Design (TRE-245)
  • Stage Direction (TRE-439)

One of the following two courses:

  • Theatre History I: Greek to Restoration (TRE-325)
  • Theatre History II: 18th Century to Present (TRE-330)

One of the following two courses:

  • Dramatic Literature I (TRE-335)
  • Dramatic Literature II (TRE-339)


Minor in Musical Theatre – 24 Credits

GCU’s Minor in Musical Theatre incorporates music, dance and theatre performance courses to help students prepare for a career in musical theatre. Students will be introduced to foundations of musical theatre styles, history and advanced principles through courses in acting, movement and voice production. The program is designed to help students develop skills in critical thinking, musical analysis, writing and movement within a wide variety of styles and cultures. The minor specifically complements theatre, music or dance majors in their major program of study with an art form that broadens marketability inside the industry and promotes self-development, artistic exploration and creative innovation.

  • Acting I (TRE-145)
  • Voice and Movement for the Stage (TRE-155)
  • Introduction to Jazz Technique (DAN-101)
  • Jazz Technique II (DAN-260)
  • Vernacular Dance: Tap I (DAN-312)
  • Vernacular Dance: Tap II (DAN-412)
  • Musical Theater Workshop (MEN-305)
  • Musical Theater Literature (TRE-380)
  • Private Voice Study I (MVA-119)
  • Private Voice Study II (MVA-129)
  • Private Voice Study III (MVA-219)
  • Private Voice Study IV (MVA-229)
  • Private Voice Study V (MVA-319)
  • Private Voice Study VI (MVA-329)
  • Private Voice Study VII (MVA-419)
  • Private Voice Study VIII (MVA-429)


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