Program Details

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Worship Production

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

Express your Creativity through our Worship Production Degree

Prepare yourself for a career in contemporary worship ministry and the broader Christian Music industry with Grand Canyon University's (GCU) engaging Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Worship Production degree. If you are immersed in Christian music and have a desire to express your creativity on set, this program with emphasis in worship production, offered by the College of Theology, is an excellent fit for your goals.

Explore the contemporary side of the Christian music industry in this worship arts program, which includes a look at production, performance, visual media and business. 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. Worship arts production settings range from local ministry to the stage of a Christian concert. In this program, you have opportunities to connect with the worship industry on both the local and national level at GCU's campus for the arts.

Degree Outcomes

Minister with Wisdom and Sensitivity through Worship Production

The theological depth of this program enables you to lead in ministry and perform at the highest level on stage. As a graduate of this Bachelor of Arts in worship arts program, you will receive a strong foundation in biblical and theological knowledge and become skilled in worship leadership, musical performance, musical production and business management. At the same time, the spiritual depth at GCU's College of Theology deepens your ability to develop Christ-like character inwardly. Through this BA in worship arts degree program, you are equipped to minister with wisdom and sensitivity in a Christian environment.

What You Will Learn

Comprehensive Worship Production Curriculum

Topics of interest include:

  • Contemporary worship lighting
  • Worship production technology
  • Scenic design and technical direction
  • OSHA safety regulations
  • Sound recording and reinforcement
  • Capstone production internship

Career Outcomes

Prepare for your Worship Production Career

After you have earned your worship arts production degree, you may find a career working behind the scenes on lighting, production design, technical direction or sound recording and live mixing for concerts.

Course List

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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 the concepts of conventional theatrical stage lighting for the worship experience. Students create light designs for a variety of worship settings and gain practical experience through hands-on work with campus ministry activities.

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 is a continuation of WSA-231, introducing automated/intelligent lighting systems and lighting desks as well as current practices in video presentation. Students create advanced light designs incorporating automated/intelligent lighting systems and video presentation. Practical experience is gained through work with various worship production organizations. Prerequisite: WSA-231.

Course Description

This course introduces stage design concepts and practices for a variety of worship settings including special events, vacation Bible schools, holiday performances, festivals, and contemporary Christian concerts.

Course Description

This course covers basic principles of acoustics, recording music in digital format, different digital music production software, multitrack recordings using digital sound production equipment, and setting up and designing sound reinforcement systems for large and small venues.

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 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 course introduces subjects including engineering concepts, practices and regulations, building codes, licensing and contracts, union regulations, and rigging regulations and practices for the worship experience. Touring design for both scenery and lighting as well as standard load-in and load-out practices are also explored. Prerequisites: WSA-232 and WSA-333.

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 explores many of the key technical elements and applications utilized in the contemporary worship setting. OSHA/Safety regulations and practices, advanced technical direction, and electrical technology and rigging are among the subjects covered. Prerequisites: WSA-232 and WSA-333.

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 in an approved professional setting. The course includes practical experiences, academic journaling, field experience log, and a culminating reflection assignment. Practicum/field experience hours: 270. Prerequisites: WSA-435 and WSA-436.

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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