Visual Productions | West Coast Baptist College

Visual Productions

The Visual Productions proficiency instructs the student in the capture, editing, and production of visual and auditory presentations. Students will gain hands-on experience and training through courses like Photography I and II, Video Production, and Audio Engineering. This proficiency focuses on equipping students to create visual and auditory content through photography and video that can communicate the purpose and message of the ministry. This proficiency can be taken with any concentration.

Course ID Credit Hours Course
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

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

Design Technology

Students will be introduced to Adobe Creative Cloud and learn to use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator along with other design technologies. 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.

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: VA 371 Visual Arts Lab/Practicum 1

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: VA 372 Visual Arts Lab/Practicum 2

VA 498 2

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 2-credit course is taken as part of a visual arts proficiency. PREREQUISITE: Completion of media training.

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 a photography team. At the end of the course, a photography gallery will give the students experience in setting up a proper gallery and will exhibit the top images from the semester. PREREQUISITE: VP 141 Photography 1.

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 modelling will also be introduced with students producing animated 3D objects in Maya and outputting video content from the animated sequence. Use of 3D graphics and animations will be explored as visual aids to building projects, educational visuals, and promotional announcement videos through a hands-on learning environment.

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Key Faculty

Keenan Sultanik

Chairman of Creative Arts Department