Academic Departments

Courses in Media Arts and Worship

MW101 The Art of Media and Worship
A biblical, theological, and worshipful introduction to the imagination and creativity. This course provides a cursory history of the church's relationship with the arts, explores a theology of beauty, and seeks to develop a spiritual discipline of creative response to God's truth and beauty in students' particular areas of art and/or worship. (3 hours)

MW102 Media Arts Apprenticeship
A supervised, field-based apprenticeship, comprising the development and enhancement of media-related communication skills and/or worship design and implementation in a ministry context. Disciplines may include, but are not limited to, writing, acting, audio production, and video and film production, as well as worship design and implementation. Students will construct a professional portfolio as part of the apprenticeship. Enrollment is limited to MA/MW and ThM Media Arts emphasis students. Students must complete 30 credit hours of DTS coursework before enrolling in MW102. (2 hours)

MW103 A Christian View of Art
How can a Christian evaluate artistic expression? What is beauty? These questions and others are answered in this study of biblical-exegetical foundations of creativity and art, the development of a Judeo-Christian theology of art, and biblical-philosophical analyses of artistic expression, with emphasis on the visual arts (painting, sculpture, and film). Students must complete 15 credit hours of DTS coursework before enrolling in MW103. (3 hours)

MW104 Jesus and the Media: (by independent study)
(3 hours)

MW201 Audio Production for Ministry
A study of principles and practices that help students expand their ministries by equipping them to design and execute audio resources for various media platforms, including: redo stations, internet streaming audio, podcasts, as well as capturing sermons and church services. (3 hours)

MW202 Creative Audio Production for Ministry
(3 hours)

MW301 Creative Writing in Ministry
(3 hours)

MW302 Writing for Publication
(3 hours)

MW303 Advanced Creative Writing
(3 hours)

MW304 Theology and Contemporary Literature
An exploration of modern and postmodern attitudes toward the 'spiritual/transcendent/God� found in selected American literature. Students will read a variety of writings from notable authors, as well as selected essays in critical theory, as a means of engendering dialogue from a theological perspective on how American fiction over the last fifty years has interacted with the religious and spiritual currents that pervade culture. (3 hours)

MW305 C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien: Imaginary Worlds and Learning
* (3 hours)

MW307 Blogging for Ministry
* (3 hours)

MW401 Graphic Design for Ministry
A study of the principles of graphic design and the mechanics of layout and composition to produce finished projects for both print and digital publications aimed toward solving communication problems in a ministry setting. Students will also give attention to the creation of a digital, graphic-design portfolio. (3 hours)

MW501 Video Production for Ministry
(3 hours)

MW502 Media Presentations
A study of the principles of graphic design and the mechanics of layout and composition to produce finished projects for both print and digital publications aimed toward solving communication problems in a ministry setting. Students will also give attention to the creation of a digital, graphic-design portfolio. (1 hour)

MW601 Media Arts & Worshp Practicum I
(1 hour)

MW603 Collaborative Practices in Art and Theology
* (3 hours)

MW703 Seminar in Worship Arts
(3 hours)

MW801 Public Reading of Scripture
(3 hours)

MW802 Dramatizing Scripture
(3 hours)

MW905: Theology at Sundance
This course is an opportunity for students to engage the film industry (movies and people) from a theological perspective. The majority of the course requirement will be met by attending one of the most significant film festivals in the world: Sundance. Students will take part in the Windrider Forum at Sundance, daily discussing theological issues with over 100 other Christians at the festival, and will also meet daily as a DTS class. Theology at Sundance is a hybrid course and will continue online as students meet the full requirements for reading and papers throughout the remainder of the semester.

  • Park City, UT
  • Faculty: Dr. Tim Basselin
  • Next offering: January 21-31, 2016

Jesus told his disciples that they (we) are in the world but not of the world (John 17:14-15). He used the metaphors of salt and light to describe their (our) relationship to the world (Matt. 5:13-15). In the incarnation, the eternal Son of God became a creature and came into the world that he created. In so doing, he not only told us how to relate the world, he showed us.

The South by Southwest(SXSW) Conference offers the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to experience immersion in a music and media conference and to reflect theologically on the experience together with other students and with a faculty member and spouse.

  • Austin, TX
  • Faculty: Dr. Glenn Kreider
  • Next offering: March 15-20, 2016

MW905: Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing
An immersion experience interacting with critically acclaimed writers and their writing that demonstrated an integration of art and faith as part of the biennial Calvin Festival. The Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College brings together writers, editors, publishers, musicians, artists, and readers for three days of discussing and celebrating insightful writing that explores, in some significant way, issues of faith. The Festival began in 1990, and since that time has welcomed thousands of attendees and hundreds of speakers—including John Updike, Elie Wiesel, Maya Angelou, Salman Rushdie, Donald Hall, Katherine Paterson, Madeleine L’Engle, Annie Dillard, and many more.

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Faculty: Dr. Sandra Glahne
  • Next offering: April 14-16, 2016

MW905: Medieval Art & Spirituality
A study of the spiritual practices of the medieval church and the art that supported her worship in Italy. The class trip to Italy is truly a unique experience of medieval architecture, spirituality, and culture. It is the perfect setting to explore the ancient influences and contemporary application of medieval spirituality, art, and theology. 3 hours. (Option for additional hours of independent study credit in the area of a student’s choice, such as spiritual formation, historical theology, Aquinas studies, iconography, images in Christian art, medieval mystics such as Catherine of Siena and Francis of Assisi.)

  • Orvieto, Vincena, Venice, Padua, Florence, and Milan, Italy
  • Faculty: Dr. Sandra Glahn, Dr. Barry Jones, Sten-Erik Armitage
  • Next offering: May 2017