Davis College - Pursue God

Course Descriptions

Creative Arts Courses

WORS 1022 Creative Arts Seminar (1 credit)

This course will explore the role of creative arts in worship and ministry. Guest lecturers and demonstrations will introduce the student to the diversity of disciplines that comprise the creative arts, including music, worship leading, drama, dance, and arts technology.

WORS 2011 Christianity, the Arts and Truth (3 credits)

This course explores the Biblical role of the arts in worship and ministry. After examining the nature of worship, this course will focus on specific scriptural principles and practices in regard to music, drama, and the visual arts. Students will develop a Biblical philosophy of art that will provide a foundation for the use of the arts in worship and ministry.

WORS 2022 Current Trends in Worship (3 credits)

This course will investigate current approaches to worship. Students will explore a variety of types of worship services, including traditional, contemporary, and blended. Videos and opportunities to observe diverse worship services will broaden student awareness of current trends.

Music Courses

MUSC 1211 Beginner Guitar Class (1 credit)

This course will introduce the beginner, in a group setting, to a variety of chords and techniques that can be effectively used to accompany group singing. Repertoire will consist of hymns and praise choruses.

MUSC ____ Applied Piano (1 credit)

This course is designed to help the student, through private individualized instruction, develop the skills and competencies necessary to play music in an ever-changing worship environment. The flexibility of this course allows intermediate and advanced students to focus on one or more of the following areas: congregational hymn playing, contemporary keyboard improvisation, sacred solo repertoire, and/or classical music. Beginners will be introduced to the fundamentals of reading music and playing for personal enrichment.

MUSC ____ Applied Guitar (1 credit)

This course is designed to help the student, through private and individualized instruction, develop the skills and competencies necessary for the sacred guitarist to perform music in an ever-changing worship environment. Students may opt to study classical music to develop technical proficiency and interpretive skills that will transfer to the performance of traditional and contemporary church music. Beginners will be introduced to the fundamentals of guitar with the goal of progressing to the extent that they will be able to serve in local church and church related settings.

MUSC ____ Applied Voice (1 credit)

MUSC ____ Applied Drum Set (1 credit)

MUSC ____ Worship Team Ensemble (1 credit)

Through preparing for and leading music in chapel, this course will provide the student with valuable experience in preparation for local church and church related ministry. Students selected to participate on the worship will learn to work together as a group, gain experience in regard to the rehearsal process, and develop worship leading skills. The ensemble will meet once each week to prepare for chapel.

MUSC 2222 Music Theory I (3 credits)

This course provides a review and further instruction in the concepts covered in Fundamentals of Music. In addition to the concepts covered in Fundamentals of Music, students will study secondary triads, seventh chords, applied dominants, and modulation. Students will develop musicianship through singing melodies and chanting rhythm patterns using tonal and rhythm syllables.

MUSC 2233 Music Theory II (3 credits)

A continuation of Music Theory I, this course provides opportunities for more in-depth harmonic analysis. this course also provides instruction in traditional four-part writing procedures. Students will develop musicianship through singing melodies and chanting rhythm patterns using tonal and rhythm syllables.

MUSC 3021 Arranging for Worship Team (2 credits)

Students taking this course will explore a variety of styles of music and how worship teams can integrate those styles to minister to a multi-cultural society. Writing chord charts, lead sheets and vocals will provide students with practical experiences in arranging music for worship teams. Opportunities will be provided for student arrangements to be performed and used in worship.

MUSC 3222 Computer Applications in Music and Worship (1 credit)

This course will provide the student with computer skills necessary for local church ministry in music and worship. Students will gain knowledge and experience using notation and sequencing software. Students will also learn to use software for projecting lyrics.

MUSC 3291 Songwriting (2 credits)

This course provides instruction in how to compose contemporary songs and choruses appropriate for congregational worship. Opportunities for student compositions to be performed and critiqued are important aspects of the course.

Drama Courses

DRAM 3022 Writing Drama (3 credits)

A study of the principles and techniques of effective writing designed to prepare students for writing drama in ministry settings. Students will write and read their own material in class as well as edit and critique the writing of their classmates.

DRAM 4011 Principles of Acting (3 credits)

A course designed to improve students’ vocal and physical delivery through dramatic presentations. The course emphasizes character and scene analysis, blocking, acting theory, and presentation. Students will present various dramatic pieces as they learn the different areas of acting.

DRAM 4022 Drama Workshop (3 credits)

This course is designed to take the different areas of dramatic presentations (writing, acting, producing) and develop a repertoire of pieces to be used in ministry. Students will work together to write, produce and perform different types of dramas.

General Education Courses in The Arts

MUSC 2011 Music Appreciation (3 credits)

This course will introduce the student to the elements of music (melody, rhythm, harmony etc.) as the foundation for the development of listening skills. Literature will draw from sacred and secular art music representative of the various periods of music history.

MUSC 2022 Fundamentals of Music (3 credits)

This introductory music theory course provides students with the opportunity to learn to read music and explore fundamental theoretical concepts. Music reading skills are acquired through singing and playing the recorder. Basic theoretical concepts, such as meter signature, key signature, major and minor scales, and triads are taught and experienced through in class activities. This course provides a foundation for further study in music and contributes to the understanding of music in society and the church.

ARTT 1011 Art Appreciation (3 credits)

This course surveys the role the visual arts have played in communication and the main divisions and subdivisions used in the field of Art History. Emphasis will be on the major changes that developed over the centuries. The course will examine the historical, religious, and cultural factors that have determined the direction the arts have moved in through the centuries. Students will be introduced to the wide variety of creative expression employed by man and incorporates art vocabulary as needed.

ARTT 1022 Art Exploration (3 credits)

This is a hands-on lab course. It will introduce students to a broad sampling of art media as a means of communication: drawing, painting, collage, and lettering. It will familiarize the students with the role of the visual arts in today’s society and allow them to explore creative expression. It will also introduce ways for them to apply what they have learned for practical use, whatever their field of ministry. Vocabulary of the visual arts will be studied as it pertains to the media and techniques covered by the class.