Visual Arts Major | West Coast Baptist College

Visual Arts Major

Total Credit Hours: 
128

Average Completion Time: 
4 years

The Visual Arts concentration is for those who want to serve the Lord in ministry staff positions and to support the senior pastor by communicating the gospel and his vision through visual arts and creative media. Specific disciplines of study incorporated within this concentration include creativity, graphic design, interactive design, photography, and video production—each specifically applied to local church ministry. Practicums and internships provide opportunities for practical, hands-on experience and prepare the student for a wide range of ministry applications of visual arts. Learn More

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Creative Thinking

CR 110

Credit Hours: 2


In this course, the nature of creativity will be explored along with influences on creative potential from external stimuli. Creative exercises will be completed as a basis for developing patterns of personal creative thinking with the result of establishing a framework to assist with the analysis and solution of complex problems. Types of personal creativity will be defined and students will learn how to increase their creative potential.

Branding Design

GD 425

Credit Hours: 2


This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of branding and logo design. The student will be able to effectively design a brand for a church or ministry that communicates that ministry's purpose statement and identity. Color theory and visual communication skills will be developed through this course. PREREQUISITE: none.

Video Streaming and Broadcasting

VP 345

Credit Hours: 2


This course will examine the use of broadcast video and streaming to extend the preaching ministry of the local church through live stream and produced video content. Several scales of systems will be introduced along with progressively more complex equipment. A practical, ministry-focused approach will be emphasized throughout the course, with content and assignments building upon each another to develop a thorough skillset in the student.

Course ID Credit Hours Course
CR 110 2

Creative Thinking

In this course, the nature of creativity will be explored along with influences on creative potential from external stimuli. Creative exercises will be completed as a basis for developing patterns of personal creative thinking with the result of establishing a framework to assist with the analysis and solution of complex problems. Types of personal creativity will be defined and students will learn how to increase their creative potential.

CR 111 2

Concept Development

Technical sketching for design, creating prototypes, and planning projects are all components of this course. Concept Development also instructs the student in planning and performing structured user testing, sequencing and priority management, and communicating objectives by drafting project briefs.

CR 212 2

Digital Storytelling

In this course, the student will learn the most common story archetypes and how to effectively use the storytelling model as a pattern to communicate through digital media, including web pages, video content, graphics, and photography series which tell a story to the viewer. Each student will create content that demonstrates the process of establishing identity, introducing conflict and conflict resolution, and providing a call-to-action for the viewer.

CR 213 2

Design Research Methods

Research is a key component of the production of any informed visual work. Through this course, the student will learn how to perform structured, academic and visual research, and how to establish mood, theme, genre, and other communicative aspects of the new work. Consideration will be given to the use of inspiration boards and guidelines for the attribution of visual works. Design Research Methods allows the student to incorporate an informed approach to applied research.

GD 221 2

Graphic Design 1

Graphic design is a fundamental skill in media. This course will provide the students with the opportunity to learn to design graphics to enhance print and web media. Graphic design principles and techniques will be studied to learn how to effectively communicate visually. Modern trends and techniques will be studied to keep graphics looking current. PREREQUISITE: None

GD 223 2

Typography

This course covers the basics of typography, the use of letters and type to effectively communicate in graphic and web design. It will briefly cover the history of type and the printing press, the fundamentals of designing with type, practical applications for typography in graphic and web design, and best practices of copy design and layout. PREREQUISITE: GD 221 Graphic Design 1

GD 322 2

Graphic Design 2

Building on the concepts presented in Graphic Design 1, this course will examine the connection between visual elements and effective visual communication. Advanced skills of form, line, hierarchy, and grid will be presented and expanded. Individual applications of graphic design will be addressed along with creative solutions applicable to each. Students will explore the creative process and specific uses of design in other forms of media. Prerequisite: GD 221, GD 223, GD 324

GD 324 2

Print Production

This course will provide the student with the knowledge of industry standard software for professional print layout and design, principles unique to designing for print, and technology involved in the printing process. Throughout the course, students will receive hands-on training by designing a variety of print pieces. PREREQUISITE: GD 221 Graphic Design 1.

GD 425 2

Branding Design

This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of branding and logo design. The student will be able to effectively design a brand for a church or ministry that communicates that ministry's purpose statement and identity. Color theory and visual communication skills will be developed through this course. PREREQUISITE: none.

ID 231 2

Web Development

This course is designed to provide the student with skills to design and develop professional websites, teaching the student how to plan, build, and publish for the web medium. HTML and CSS syntax, along with development best practices, will be emphasized throughout the course. PREREQUISITE: None

ID 234 2

WordPress Development

This course is designed to introduce and instruct students in installing, designing, and maintaining WordPress as a content management system. Website frameworks will also be explored, which will enable the web developer to manage larger and more sophisticated websites that can continually expand and develop as ministry needs arise. Prerequisite: ID 231

ID 333 2

Interface Design

This course will enable the student to effectively design the interfaces of websites and mobile applications. Students will learn how people use and consume data and the most effective methods of displaying information to the end user. Interface design methodology will be implemented in a website design that takes advantage of modern technology. Prerequisite: GD 221

ID 335 2

App Development

This course is designed to build on the foundation laid in Web Development 1 with instruction in advanced CSS animation and layout, working with embedded media, developing a long-term web strategy through content, and responsive design and layout. The student will learn to design and build more advanced websites with cutting-edge technologies. Prerequisite: ID 231, ID 333

VA 101 2

Media Foundations

This course is designed to help the students understand how a church as an organization effectively communicates both to its members and to its community in order to further the cause of Christ. The students will learn and understand the basics of creativity and communication, web development, church audio, print design, video production, and technology—all with a ministry-specific emphasis.

VA 102 2

Digital Imaging

Students will learn to use Adobe Photoshop and digital imaging techniques for compositing and stylistic manipulation when integrating imagery into a larger design aesthetic. Emphasis will be placed upon establishing page layout, graphics manipulation, and pre-press skills. Projects will be given to reinforce the use of application features and equip the student to effectively use these technologies in design and in preparation for other media courses. Prerequisite: None

VA 371 2

Visual Arts Lab/Practicum 1

This course is primarily comprised of independent student work. Students will propose a large visual arts project—either to assist their home churches, to explore a new visual arts discipline, or to bolster their portfolios—and work through a series of milestones where they will check in their work in progress with their supervising instructor for feedback and direction. Prerequisite: 64 credits earned

VA 372 2

Visual Arts Lab/Practicum 2

This course is primarily comprised of independent student work. Students will propose a large visual arts project—either to assist their home churches, to explore a new visual arts discipline, or to bolster their portfolios—and work through a series of milestones where they will check in their work in progress with their supervising instructor for feedback and direction. This level 2 course must be taken after 1 and can either be a continuation of the previous project if the project is sufficiently rigorous or be a new project entirely. Prerequisite: 64 credits earned

VA 481 3

Visual Arts Internship

This internship in visual arts is performed during the academic semester and on the campus. Students will be paired with approved ministries in accordance with their individual skill sets and the ministry’s specific needs. Students will complete practical projects in their disciplines for the benefiting ministry and keep a log of the hours and work completed which is turned in to the supervising instructor at regular intervals. Throughout the internship, students will gain practical experience by creating pieces that could be included in their capstone portfolio and will study principles of leadership and professionalism in visual arts. Each student must complete an application for internship during the previous semester in order to be enrolled in the internship course. Prerequisite: 96 credits earned

VA 499 4

Visual Arts Portfolio

This course is designed to provide the student with guidance in creating visual arts projects for inclusion in a portfolio that could be presented to a potential hiring ministry. This portfolio will showcase the student’s work throughout his visual arts training. Students will receive assignments and instruction in-class and work through the necessary projects given throughout the course. This 4-credit course is taken as part of the visual arts concentration. Prerequisite: 112 credits earned

VP 141 2

Photography 1

This course covers the basics of photography, broken into five distinct sections that will build on each other to give the student a range of technical knowledge and real-world experience of photography, and show how to use these skills in ministry applications. The history of photography, controlling exposure, the laws of composition, basic post-processing, and final output of images will all be covered during the course. PREREQUISITE: None

VP 142 2

Photography 2

This course is designed to provide advanced training in photography, including studio lighting, advanced editing and post-processing techniques using industry-standard software, and more extensive hands-on training through photography workshops and active participation in studio events. Prerequisite: VP 141

VP 244 2

Video Production

This course will demonstrate the power of video in communication, as well as techniques necessary to achieve the best results. Students will learn how to operate a video camera system, how to edit and correct video using industry standard software, and how to communicate through the video medium.

VP 345 2

Video Streaming and Broadcasting

This course will examine the use of broadcast video and streaming to extend the preaching ministry of the local church through live stream and produced video content. Several scales of systems will be introduced along with progressively more complex equipment. A practical, ministry-focused approach will be emphasized throughout the course, with content and assignments building upon each another to develop a thorough skillset in the student.

VP 446 2

Animation and 3D Graphics

This course will explore the use of motion graphics and animations in video content through Adobe After Effects to add visual depth to video content. 3D modeling will also be introduced with students producing animated 3D objects and outputting video content from the animated sequence. Use of 3D graphics and animations will be explored as aids to project visualization, educational visuals, and promotional announcement videos through a hands-on learning environment. Prerequisite: None

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Articulate a biblical philosophy of the application of creative arts in ministry
  2. Display competency in applied visual or auditory communicative skills in a chosen discipline
  3. Perform research and develop innovative solutions in a chosen discipline within visual or performing arts
  4. Create original works applicable to a chosen field of visual or performing arts by utilizing the creative process and workflow

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Key Faculty

Keenan Sultanik

Adjunct Instructor—Creative Arts

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Rebekah Soto

Leveraging Media to Share the Gospel
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