Digital Media - Recording Arts

Bachelor of Science126 Credits

The major in Digital Media Recording Arts is designed for students who seek a program that respects and develops their Christian faith while providing training in technology, communication skills, and creative abilities. The program will provide the students the opportunity to develop into highly versatile professionals who are able to think critically and creatively with a biblical worldview in order to serve in technical communications positions in businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations. This program integrates new digital media technologies with fundamentals of audio recording and engineering along with more traditional communications field coursework. The sophistication and complexity of these new media technologies will require graduates to possess a comprehensive understanding of audio recording, music production, live sound reinforcement, electronic media, digital broadcasting, Internet and social media as well as the ability to relate this knowledge in an ever-changing technological landscape. Preparation also includes hands-on experiences in a variety of real world studio, location, and live environments.

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  1. Students will produce effective examples of creative and strategic communication in a variety of traditional and new media forms, demonstrating an understanding of communication theory and applications.
  2. Students will research current and trending topics to analyze, evaluate, and interpret texts, media products, performances, and human interaction with, and use of, digital media.
  3. Students will demonstrate leadership skills in production environments by participating in and leading teams of peers.
  4. Students will define and articulate a personal theology of service and leadership that incorporates their faith and Christian worldview with their commitment to digital media.
  5. Students will develop and produce digital media products integrating information through writing, audio, photography, video, etc. using a variety of computer applications.
  6. Students will produce and publish digital media through various formats using appropriate Internet and telecommunications technology.
Course Code
Course Name
12 cr
HIS 213, 223, 233 or243
History Course
3 cr
Activity Course
1 cr
Literature Elective
3 cr
Science Course
3 cr
62 credits
*Students that complete BUS 200 and pass the Business Dept. Math proficiency test may substitute MTH 213.

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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Core Requirements

BIB 103 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 3 credits

A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and translation. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools.
Only required for non-ministry majors.

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

COM 136 Mass Media and Society 3 credits

Overview of the history, organization, economics, content, control, and effects of mass communications on society. Examination of mass media industries, including print, broadcast, cable, film, telephony, and the Internet.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and intro-dukes the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research.
A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

FNA 113 Fine Arts Appreciation 3 credits

This course is designed to develop and expand an appreciation for music, art, and aesthetics. Introduces major movements and ideas in art, music, and architecture. Examines historical time periods and major figures including their philosophy, style, and view of aesthetics. Requires participation in cultural excursions.

HIS 213 Ancient and Medieval World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the beginning of civilization to the Renaissance. Special attention is given to major events, individual, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 223 Modern and Contemporary World History  3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the Enlightenment to the present. Special attention is given to major events, individual, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 233 U.S. History – Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS 243 U.S. History – Reconstruction to the Present 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, Imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, etc.

MTH 123Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits

This course applies mathematics to life skill areas for personal and professional use with an emphasis in problem-solving.
Prerequisite: Minimum Score of 420 on Mathematics SAT OR successful completion of MTH 107 with a grade of C- or higher.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281 Health and Nutrition 1 credits

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credit

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credit

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233 Introduction to the History & Theology of the A/G 3 credit

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.

Major Requirements

BUS 200 Explorations in Business 3 credits

An introduction to functions of business, including business organization and accounting, management of financial resources, management of human resources, marketing of goods and services, and principles of economic decision making. Open to all students.

BUS 343 Marketing and Public Relations 3 credits

Marketing and public relations in profit and nonprofit organizations. Introduces basic theory, terminology, and major components of marketing and public relations. Reviews practices of current organizations.

COM 143 Communication Theory 3 credits

A study of the theories of human and mass-mediated communication with an emphasis on research and writing. Topics include communication system theory, signs and languages, discourse, message reception and receiving, social and cultural realities, and critical theories.
Prerequisites: ENG 123 or 497 and COM 123 or 494.

COM 163Introduction to Digital Media3 credits

Survey of the personal and business uses of the individualized media including interactive TV, video games, multimedia, online services, blogs, webcasting and podcasting, digital downloads, chat rooms, bulletin boards, and e-marketing. Covers technological, social, and economic implications for users, producers, and distributors of traditional new media.

COM 283 Intercultural Communications 3 credits

An introductory course in communications between those of various cultures dealing with core culture and value orientation. The silent language and problems of Americans in other cultures are brought into focus.

COM 301 Freelancing and Shameless Self-Promotion 3 credits

This course covers topics in freelancing, starting a business, branding, and social media marketing. Featuring a skill-building approach to course topics, this course equips students to start and publicize their own business using available tools and techniques. Students will learn to establish their personal businesses ethically and legally.
Prerequisites: COM 136 and COM 143. Junior rank or higher.

COM 373 Design and Visual Language 3 credits

This course helps students develop the intellectual skills necessary for analysis, understanding and creation of media messages in the many formats of today’s high-density visual environment. Students will be introduced to the syntax, grammar and rhetoric of visual communications. The course also surveys current trends in interactive media, marketing and advertising on the Internet and various forms of e-commerce. Assignments explore information architecture and how visual design, writing style and navigation logic affect interactive marketing success.
Prerequisites: COM 163 and DIG 263.

COM 483 Digital Media Internship 3 credits

An internship is designed to allow upper level students to experience the professional world while they are still involved in their academic training. This provides them with both an understanding of the relationship of their academic preparation to their career aspirations and the demands that will be placed upon them in the professional world. One 3-credit internship is required between their junior and senior year. An additional 3-credit internship may be allowed with the approval of the Digital Media faculty.
Prerequisites: COM 163, DIG 263, DIG 313.

DIG 243 Introduction to Photography 3 credit

An introduction to the techniques and technology involved in photography. Students will demonstrate proficiency in camera use and lighting techniques in both studio and real world environments. Projects include elements of post production in Photoshop, RAW processing, and creative camera techniques.
Prerequisite: COM 163 or by Department Chair approval.

DIG 263 Digital Design 3 credit

An introduction to techniques for layout, design,typography, editing, formatting, and publishing of various documents. Course also introduces students to graphic design as a conceptual and visual discipline. Projects focus on solving visual problems from a wide range of topics in a variety of media. Includes a review of software programs.
Prerequisite: COM 163. Course requires purchase of Adobe Creative Cloud software.

DIG 272 Introduction to Web Design 3 credit

An introduction to basic Web page design that focuses on freely available tools and techniques. Students learn fundamental techniques, customizing and maintaining their own Web presence. Topics include: HTML formatting, hyperlink integration, and an introduction to Web graphic design.

DIG 303 Video Production and Technology I 3 credit

This course will cover basic video production from concept to completion. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental technical skills as well as working knowledge of professional video editing software suites. Students will learn basic camera, capturing, editing, and media creation techniques.
Prerequisite: COM 163.

DIG 313 Video Production and Technology II 3 credit

This course will expand on the skills and concepts introduced in DIG 303. The students will be joined in teams to complete a variety of projects relative to course objectives. Students will demonstrate familiarity with core concepts in the areas of camera and lighting techniques, as well as proficiency in non-linear editing. Using new production techniques, students will concentrate on the creative and technical aspects of planning, shooting, and editing a video based on a personal vision. Students will produce projects in a variety of genres.
Prerequisite: DIG 303.

DIG 321 Webcasting, Streaming and Podcasting 1 credit

Introduction to fundamentals of podcasting audio programs, and online webcasting and streaming on-demand audio and video. Students will produce a podcast and will be responsible for all production processes. They will assist in production responsibilities for the college’s daily chapel webcast. Course is repeatable for credit.
Prerequisite: COM 163.

ENG 333 Writing for the Media 3 credits

This course will introduce students to various types of mass media writing -- print and broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising and online media. It will develop skills in information gathering, interviewing, organizing, writing and revising media writing and in judging the quality of current media writing. Students will learn how to create a weblog or online “blog” and become an expert in a niche field. The class will teach students to look at a news story and determine the best media to represent it.
Prerequisites: ENG 123 or ENG 497 and ENG 223 or ENG 313.

MTN 111 Basic Audio Reinforcement 1 credit

A basic overview of professional audio equipment and it's relative application in the church. Students will assemble, mix, troubleshoot and breakdown various systems found in ministry today.
Music technology minors may test out of this class.

MTN 233 Principles of Audio Technology3 credits

Systems analysis of contemporary recording and reinforcement technology. Analysis of audio signals including time, frequency and decibels, fundamentals of analog and digital audio applications.

MTN 253Modern Music Production Techniques3 credits

A study of music production using historical, traditional, and current practices. Students will spend extensive time with current software including Reason, Logic and Pro tools.
Prerequisite: MTN 263.

MTN 263 Digital Audio 3 credits

Introduction to digital audio production. Intensive, practical experience in planning, coordinating, directing and producing various audio productions for broadcast. Review of sound design principles and recording techniques for multi-track production in all media production settings. Students learn the functioning and operation of basic digital audio workstations, digital and analog tape recorders, microphones, mixing consoles, signal processors and loudspeakers as well as rudimentary acoustical physics. Considerable time is also spent on critical listening skills and design aesthetics.

MTN 313 Sound Reinforcement Systems 3 credits

A survey of the wide array of equipment and their application to live sound reinforcement and live recording. Emphasis will also be placed on commonly encountered acoustical problems and techniques to neutralize them. Students will have hands-on experience in live concert settings.
Prerequisite: MTN 233 or permission of Instructor.

MTN 423 Multi-Track Recording3 credits

A continuation of techniques introduced in MTN 263. Emphasis will be placed on advanced micing, processing, and mixing techniques. Students will record live and studio sessions and will produce a “demo” CD. Students will gain extensive hands-on experience. Prerequisite: MTN 263.

MTN 463 Mixing and Post-Production 3 credits

A course designed to introduce the student to the final stages of the recording process. Emphasis will be placed on manual mixing, automation, mastering, and reproduction.
Prerequisite: MTN 423.