Media Ministry - Worship Arts Degree

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

Offered By: College of Theology

What Is Media Ministry?

Combine your creative talents with your passion for worship and pursue a higher calling in media ministry. Grand Canyon University invites future Christian leaders to apply for the Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Media and Production Ministry degree program. This worship arts degree guides students in understanding how multimedia and emerging technologies can be used to engage congregations, while staying true to Christian doctrine and biblical truths. The integration of media technologies into the ministry provides an enticing pathway for those who are seeking the word of God.

Offered by the College of Theology, this 21st century BA in worship arts – media and production ministry degree combines worship leadership, ministry and technical direction. Students develop a solid framework of technical skills that are directly applicable to modern worship programs in church and para-church settings. At the same time, they are encouraged to reflect upon their relationship with Jesus Christ, and to develop foundational knowledge in Christian doctrine, history, theology and philosophy.

GCU’s Center for Worship Arts is at the heart of this modern media ministry degree program. It features a high-tech recording studio, enabling students to glorify God while expressing their musical talents. Students have opportunities to participate in worship-related ensembles, produce original work and undergo intensive musical worship training.

Learn Media Ministry and Musical Artistry in the Worship Arts – Media and Production Ministry Bachelor of Arts Degree

GCU strives to graduate students who are thoughtful servant leaders, skilled communicators and ethical problem solvers. As a media ministry student, you will develop the keen interpersonal skills necessary to minister to others with sensitivity and wisdom. This worship arts degree nurtures your creativity while it builds your technical skills and expertise, enabling you to become a valuable contributor to all aspects of media ministry production. Benefit from the diverse perspectives of your peers and the thoughtful guidance of your instructors as you work through the following courses:

  • Production Leadership for Worship Arts
  • Philosophy of Music in Christian Worship
  • Stagecraft and Lighting for Contemporary Worship
  • Media and Production for Worship Ministry
  • Introduction to Sound for Contemporary Worship

The Bachelor of Arts in worship arts - media and production ministry curriculum is an intensive journey that combines Christian theology and doctrine with technical studies. This degree program offers students many opportunities for hands-on, collaborative projects during courses such as Worship Summit I, II and III. Students work together to compose music, create media and develop a production for worship ministry.

All students taking this emphasis are required to complete an internship experience in a professional setting. The field experience enables students to reinforce program competencies and reflect upon their personal and spiritual growth while they gain practical experience in the worship arts arena.

Serve as a Worship Leader and Creative Director

The theological knowledge and hands-on experience you will gain at GCU is directly applicable to a future career in the worship arts. The Center for Worship Arts at GCU is highly supportive of students who wish to pursue a recording career. However, its focus is on training students who wish to become professional worship leaders in church and para-church settings. Professional worship leaders channel their talents toward bringing people to God.

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Total Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks [More Info]

Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Campus: $8,250 per semester [More Info]

Course List

General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
64 credits
Open Elective Credits:
16-22 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.

Core Courses

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

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This lab course examines the call of God on the life of a worship leader, equipping students to rest and identify completely with Christ.

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This course introduces students to fundamental concepts in sound theory, acoustic principles, microphone types and techniques, sound equipment, signal flow, cable management, stage arrangement, and documentation through lecture and hands-on activities.

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

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This Lab explores practical application of spiritual formation techniques necessary to maintain a vibrant relationship with Christ and others within the context of ministry.

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This survey course introduces students to basic design thinking, including principles and elements of design, and concepts of composition. This course includes reading, writing, and lab assignments and requires the creation and exhibition of student artwork. Technology requirement: Students are responsible for providing their own laptop that is capable of running the Adobe Creative Cloud. Verify required technical specifications in the University Policy Handbook available on

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This course introduces DAW software and challenges students to begin the process of recording multi-track sessions. Students practice tracking, editing, mixing, and producing recordings according to assigned projects. Students practice creating and implementing backing tracks for a worship service. Students are required to provide their own computer and software according to university-outlined program requirements.

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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.

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This lab course continues the formational process for worship leadership, especially as it relates to the importance of relational skills, such as collaboration, motivation, and conflict resolution for life and ministry.

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This course explores concepts in sound recording for the church. Students gain understanding in sound theory, modern recording techniques, non-linear editing, acoustic principles, and studio etiquette. Students demonstrate proficiency for using digital audio workstations and explore mixing techniques for purpose of producing a recording. Prerequisite: WSA-320.

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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.

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This lab focuses on discovering, developing, and practicing skills for leading in ministry. Special attention is given to the shepherding aspects of pastoral ministry.

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This course develops students' skills in live sound reinforcement for the church, including assembling sound systems, setting stages for music production, and managing assets vital to the discipline of sound reinforcement. Emphasis is given to sound system design and industry best practices in a live worship production environment and the demonstration of skill in operating a live sound system. Prerequisite: WSA-123.

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.

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

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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.

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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, or BIB-100.

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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 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. Students should begin the internship application process after completion of 80 credit hours in the program. Practicum/field experience hours: 180. Prerequisite: WSA-423.


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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.

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