Courses are up and available for you to register beginning October 5! Here are the Media Arts and Worship courses that will be offered Spring 2016.
MW103 – A Christian View of Art
Explore the theology of art viewing and art making, focusing on the incarnation and the imagination. We will develop personal philosophies of art and put those philosophies into dialogue with artists and art movements throughout history.
MW304 – Theology and contemporary Literature
Extended practice in reading literature well, reading culture well, and thinking theologically about both. We will read Camus, Kesey, Updike, O’Connor, DeVries, Potok, Morrison, Robinson, Endo, and Lamott, as well as selected essays in critical theory.
MW905 – Theology at Sundance
Snow. Mountain air. And MOVIES. A one-week trip to Park City, Utah to attend the largest independent film festival in the world. We’ll join the Windrider Forum and talk theology with 100 other Christians from around the country that are interested in film.
MW303 – Advanced Creative Writing
If you dream of writing a novel, a collection of short stories, a teleplay, film script, first-person narrative sermon, or literary non-fiction, this course will launch you. Prerequisite: MW301 Creative Writing in Ministry.
MW802 – Dramatizing Scripture
Having acted for over 50 years for film, stage, television, and radio drama in the US, and in many countries around the world, I can say with confidence that memorizing and performing the Word of God is the most fulfilling and spiritually nourishing form of drama that I have ever experienced. Experience the Word as never before, as you learn to help others see and hear it in a dynamic new way.
MW302 – Writing for Publication
If you have seminary training, you have a message worth sharing. But how do you get it to a broader audience? We’ll show you. More than half of those with zero publishing experience usually get published before the semester even ends.
MW905 – Calvin Festival: Writing & Writers
Travel to Grand Rapids, attend the biennial Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing conference, meet top-tier authors (think Pulitzers and National Book Awards) who write winsomely about faith, complete reading, writing, and community assignments (share a house, read a book in common, discuss), and voila—three hours’ credit.
MW905 – Worship Arts in the Church
Brave the cold traveling to Grand Rapids. Attend the Calvin Institute’s annual conference on integrating the arts into Christian worship, complete reading, writing, and community (share a house, discuss theology and the arts) assignments. Experience beauty. And boom. Three more hours closer to graduation.
MW401 – Graphic Design for Ministry
Graphic Design encompasses everything from logos and brochures to signage and web design. Yes, God gave some of us artistic ability but you can still learn the principles of design: color, balance, even font usage, to make your visual communications much more effective. We’ll be using Adobe Creative Cloud (to make you more creative!).
MW502 – Media Presentations
A hands-on exploration of speaker-support media for face-to-face teaching, with emphasis on clear communication and aesthetic design. 1 hour.
MW905 – Special Topics in Media Arts: SXSW
South by Southwest Conference and Festival in Austin, TX (SXSW) provides a unique opportunity to experience the convergence of music, film, and technology. This course is a multi-sensory cultural immersion experience.