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

Individuals are exposed to many advertising messages each day. The minor in advertising and graphic design provides non-majors a foundational understanding of how to craft and produce effective advertising messages that connect businesses and consumers. Students build an understanding of brands, campaigns, the company-customer relationships and the basics of Adobe Creative Suite.

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

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Minor in Animation Design – 16 Credits

The minor in animation design provides non-major students a foundational understanding used to design and produce 2D motion graphics. Students will learn the technology and processes for developing ideas, storyboarding, creating assets and building the structure for motion graphics.

  • Design Thinking (DDN-101)
  • Raster and Vector Technologies (DDN-115)
  • 2D Motion Design I (DDN-160)
  • 2D Motion Design II (DDN-260

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Minor in Dance – 19 Credits

A minor in dance is designed to develop a student’s physical and cognitive skills and knowledge in the art of dance. Dance studies enhance any other area of study by providing opportunities to develop character, leadership skills, cooperation and respect for others. Dance reflects cultural influences throughout the world and transcends religious barriers in its ability to communicate universal truths, leading to a shared understanding and expression of the human experience.

  • Dance History I (DAN-315)
  • Dance Kinesiology (DAN-355)
  • Ballet I (DAN-100)
  • Jazz I (DAN-101)
  • Modern I (DAN-120)
  • Improvisation (DAN-210)
  • Choreography I (DAN-385)
  • Ballet II (DAN-250)
  • Jazz II (DAN-260)
  • Vernacular Dance: Tap1 (DAN-312)
  • Vernacular Dance: Urban & HipHop I (DAN-313)
  • Modern II (DAN-270)

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Minor in Digital Design - 16 Credits

Design principles can be used in a variety of disciplines. The minor in digital design provides non-major students a foundational understanding of design thinking, design principles and the basic technical tools and processes used in the creation of designed content, laying a foundation for understanding design concepts that can be applied in many settings, from simple presentations to complex proposals.

  • Design Fundamentals (DDN-110)
  • Layout and Composition (DDN-125)
  • Raster and Vector Technologies (DDN-115)
  • Creative Process (DDN-200)

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Minor in Digital Film - 20 Credits

The digital film minor introduces students from various programs to the foundation of strong filmmaking. Students study and analyze film history before engaging in production and screenwriting courses. Digital film minors are also encouraged to participate in digital film events such as the 48 Hour Film Challenge, the GCU Film Festival, Pitchfest and many more.

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

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Minor in Music

A minor in music at Grand Canyon University will enhance any area of study, from accounting to worship and everything in between. Music studies enhance any other area of study by providing opportunities 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.

Students will choose between three minors: instrumental, piano or vocal, according to their instrument. Instrumental minors must provide their own instrument for private instruction lessons and ensemble participation. No audition is required for these minors, although some ensembles require an audition. All music minors are requested, but not required, 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)

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Minor in Musical Theatre – 24 Credits

The minor in musical theatre at Grand Canyon University introduces students to the foundations of musical theater styles and history and advances principles applied to the form through courses in acting, movement and voice production. This minor provides students from all majors the opportunity to focus on effective communication using the body and the voice, and to develop critical thinking skills by analyzing music, text and movement from a wide variety of styles and cultures. This minor specifically complements theatre, music or dance majors in their major program of study with an artistic form that broadens marketability within 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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Minor in Theatre - 24 Credits

A minor in theatre and drama at Grand Canyon University will enhance any area of study, from accounting to worship, and everything in between. A theatre minor is the perfect way to develop individual strengths and interpersonal skills such as speaking techniques, practical methods of creating trust and attaining goals, creative problem solving, higher level thinking, teamwork and a greater understanding of an individual’s place within the Christian worldview.

  • 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)

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Minor in Web Design – 16 Credits

The minor in web design provides non-major students a foundational understanding of user experience design for web-based products. Students will learn the technology and processes for launching and supporting basic websites.

  • Raster and Vector Technologies (DDN-115)
  • Interface Design 1: User Experience (DDN-250)
  • Interface Design 2: Web Design (DDN-255)
  • Front End Development for Web Design (DDN-336)

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