Program Details

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Media and Production Ministry

Offered By: College of Theology
Next Start Date: Jan 8, 2018
Program Now Enrolling
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Program Tuition Rate:
Campus: $8,250 per semester. [ More Info ]
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Overview

Lead in Worship Ministry and Musical Artistry

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Media and Production Ministry provides the opportunity for students to connect their love for Jesus Christ, professional goals in ministerial leadership and creative media talent. The College of Theology’s BA in Worship Arts degree provides a solid foundation in worship leadership, ministry and technical direction. This media ministry program further exposes students to songwriting, performance and production skills development in lighting, media and sound.

Along with developing well-rounded theological and biblical knowledge, students inwardly cultivate Christ-like character, along with the wisdom and sensitivity to minister in various Christian worship environments. GCU’s Center for Worship Arts offers a recording studio with cutting-edge features for expressing Christian praise through musical worship training and producing original work. Opportunities for various worship-related ensembles throughout the program support the development of leadership excellence and media production expertise. The college also values connections with local churches, worship leaders, artists and scholars who are passionate about helping students become next-generation worship leaders.

Degree Outcomes

Create Meaningful Experiences Through Ministry

Worship arts students who choose to steer their career path toward a specialty in media and production ministry will graduate with the creative direction skills to coordinate and lead worship services through media, audio and visual production. Upon completing the worship arts degree program, graduates may pursue ministerial leadership career opportunities specific to artistic excellence, technical ability and all aspects of production. Graduates will have significant preparation in project management and team building as well.

What You Will Learn

Skills Development for Contemporary Worship

This program serves as the educational pathway for students to pursue their calling in media ministry, surrounded by love the of Christ and peers who share similar values and aspirations. Students will engage in contemporary worship, sound recording and reinforcement and audio/visual production coursework that covers topics in:

  • Lighting design, sound and lighting enhancements, stage and set design
  • Technical direction, media preparation and presentation
  • Coordinating instrumentalists, vocalists and audio/visual teams

Career Outcomes

Serving as a Worship Leader and Creative Director

Upon graduating, students will be equipped to delve into their careers after completing a required capstone internship within a local ministry setting. This hands-on experience opens students to diverse opportunities to apply their knowledge and continue to nurture worship arts skills beyond typical classroom instruction. As a next-generation worship leader, graduates may minister in various types of Christian organizations, turning their faith into action while glorifying God.

Course List

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General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
66 credits
Open Elective Credits:
14-20 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
120 credits

General Education Requirements

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 University’s 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.

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • UNV-103, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4 credits

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits
  • COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4 credits
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits

Requirements

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.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • INT-244, World Religions: 4 credits
  • PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course introduces interactive media productions, web design, and motion graphics in worship ministry. Students explore the purpose and practice of media in worship. Students learn to optimize media resources in churches of various sizes. A practical survey of settings is included.

Course Description

This course introduces the text of the Old Testament with emphasis on the biblical narrative, genres, major historical periods, and theological themes.

Course Description

This course involves students in a guided practicum experience in which they work collaboratively to compose music, create media, and develop a production for worship ministry while engaging in spiritual formation. Students interact with faculty, mentors, and practitioners who focus on worship ministry, worship songwriting and arts, and worship production. This course emphasizes collaboration in songwriting.

Course Description

This course sets the foundation for understanding concepts in sound theory, sound system operation, and sound system design. In this course, students learn foundational principles in audio production. They will leverage this knowledge in all other classes that require interaction with recording software, sound equipment, music production, and ear training. Students begin to understand the cultural significance of technology in the modern worship environment.

Course Description

This course introduces the text of the New Testament with emphasis on the biblical narrative, genres, major historical periods, and theological themes.

Course Description

This course involves students in a guided practicum experience in which they work collaboratively to compose music, create media, and develop a production for worship ministry while engaging in spiritual formation. Students interact with faculty, mentors, and practitioners who focus on worship ministry, worship songwriting and arts, and worship production. This course emphasizes collaboration in media design.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

This course explores various forms of media employed in the worship production environment. Students gain an understanding of the historical use of media in worship and the effects those media have on the worship environment. Students learn principles to help them make choices concerning effective use of video, visual art, and printed material. Prerequisite: WSA-125, WSA-120.

Course Description

This course addresses worship philosophy, modes, methods, and other issues concerning the role of music in worship. The course explores the historical and contemporary use of music in worship, and its various roles in discipleship, witness, inspiration, and exaltation across the continuum of history and cultures.

Course Description

This course involves students in a guided practicum experience in which they work collaboratively to compose music, create media, and develop a production for worship ministry while engaging in spiritual formation. Students interact with faculty, mentors, and practitioners who focus on worship ministry, worship songwriting and arts, and worship production. This course emphasizes collaboration in production.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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 understanding and habits related to personal and corporate worship.

Course Description

This course explores concepts in digital film production. Students gain understanding in preproduction, production, and postproduction. Students demonstrate their proficiency by producing a video that simulates working with a church or faith-based ministry to support their mission.

Course Description

This course examines the elements of designing scenery and lighting for a worship service and explores best practices of proper stagecraft.

Course Description

This course involves students in a guided practicum experience in which they work collaboratively to compose music, create media, and develop a production for worship ministry while engaging in spiritual formation. Students interact with faculty, mentors, and practitioners who focus on worship ministry, worship songwriting and arts, and worship production. This course emphasizes collaboration skills and skills related to worship ministry.

Course Description

This course explores concepts in sound recording. Students gain understanding in sound theory, modern recording techniques, non-linear editing, acoustic principles, studio etiquette, and home recording. Students demonstrate proficiency for using digital audio workstations to make their own recordings. Prerequisite: WSA-125. Co-Requisite: WSA-418.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

This course explores concepts in live sound reinforcement, including assembling sound systems, setting stages for music production, and managing assets vital to the discipline of sound reinforcement. Students gain understanding for industry best practices in a live production environment and demonstrate skill in operating a live sound system. Prerequisite: WSA-125. Co-Requisite: WSA-408.

Course Description

This course equips students to be effective worship leaders who integrate worship within a community of faith and lead God's people in faithful worship. This course develops skills for effective leadership, administration, and pastoral care within the local church and other worship gatherings. Prerequisite: WSA-322.

Course Description

This course offers students experience in planning and producing all aspects of a worship event. Throughout this course, students work collaboratively to complete a worship arts project and to prepare to seek employment in ministry. Prerequisite: 90 credit hours.

Course Description

This course explores concepts in management and communication when working with creative teams and church leadership. This course focuses on bringing leadership to all production disciplines found in church worship services. Students learn how to coordinate and communicate with leaders in order to create weekly worship services. Prerequisite: WSA-323, WSA-423.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course systematically studies the biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations of Christian ethics as compared with other ethical systems that shape public discourse on ethical issues. Emphasis is placed on personal morality and an exploration of contemporary issues relevant to the Church’s public witness.

Course Description

This course consists of an internship experience in an approved professional setting. The course includes reinforcement of all program competencies, practical experiences, academic journaling, as well as a field experience log, and culminating reflection assignment. Practicum/field experience hours: 180. Prerequisites: WSA-423, WSA-321, and HTH-330.

Program Locations

Campus

Campus

Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a dynamic student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students. Exciting events, well-known guest speakers and Division I athletics round out the traditional student experience. Our welcoming campus community is the perfect place to find your purpose.

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