Program Details

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Digital Media

Offered By: College of Theology
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Program Tuition Rate:
Campus: $8250 per semester. [More Info]

Overview

Set your Contemporary Worship Arts Career in Motion

The demands of a successful career in contemporary worship ministry and the broader Christian music industry intersect with the rigor of Grand Canyon University's (GCU) engaging Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Digital Media degree. If you have a desire to combine visual storytelling and media production with Christian music and ministry, this BA degree program from the College of Theology with an emphasis in digital media will appeal to you.

Worship arts extend beyond worship leadership within local churches. The bachelor's degree includes production, performance, visual media and the business side of the contemporary Christian music industry. A blend of industry experts, academics and worship leaders cover the course material in this integrative program, to provide you with a comprehensive set of knowledge and expertise in this arena.

Degree Outcomes

Gain the Ministry Tools to Reach Others

The Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Digital Media equips you with the technical and visual storytelling skills to create high-quality audio, video and graphics for short or long-format video productions. Develop a strong foundation in biblical and theological knowledge, along with skills in worship leadership, musical performance, musical production and business management. At the same time, the spiritual depth of GCU's College of Theology deepens your ability to develop Christ-like character inwardly. The theological depth of this program enables you to lead in ministry with integrity and skill.

What You Will Learn

Worship Arts and Digital Media Coursework

Throughout your course of study, topics of interest include:

  • Motion graphics
  • Media sound recording and mixing
  • Media lighting and design
  • Camera techniques for video using various technical platforms and concepts
  • Capstone worship media internship

Career Outcomes

Prepare for Your Worship Arts and Digital Media Career

After graduating from this program, you will be able to confidently minister with wisdom and sensitivity in a Christian worship environment. Visual media roles in worship ministry include videographer, audio mixer, motion graphics artist and video editor.

Course List

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 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
80 credits
Open Elective Credits:
0-6 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 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.

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 offers students a guided experience in which they work collaboratively to write, perform, produce, and market worship music.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

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 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 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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

This course offers students a guided experience in which they work collaboratively to write, perform, produce, and market worship music.

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 understandings and habits related to personal and corporate worship.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

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

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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. Prerequisite: WSA-361.

Course Description

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: 270. Prerequisite: WSA-455.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

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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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On-campus program disclosures

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