Academics

Media, Culture and the Arts Concentration

Mission Statement

The Media, Culture, and the Arts (MCA) concentration at Providence Christian College seeks to develop the understanding and practice of fine art by providing an atmosphere of experiential learning and artistic integrity. Our curriculum seeks to empower students to be artists of character and competence in and environment of support, creativity, and personal expression. Students are encouraged to appreciate and critically examine the history and philosophy of the fine arts from a Reformed Christian perspective.

Why Study Media, Culture and the Arts at Providence?

The Media, Culture and Arts concentration is designed to equip students with the ability to understand and evaluate contemporary culture by providing a sound overview of what culture is, how it is part of God’s redemptive providential plan, how it is best interpreted, and how it relates to the central events, issues and ideas that have shaped our world. Students selecting Media, Culture and the Arts have the opportunity to select from one of four tracks (Music, Arts, Drama, and Film/Media) to develop specific competencies in their understanding, performance, and production of culture.

The MCA concentration begins in the first year by laying the essential groundwork for critical thinking with a core focused upon economics, mathematics, philosophy, political theory, religion, and Western Civilization. Additional courses on composition and presentation require students to not only learn material but communicate information cogently and persuasively—essential skills in culture creation. MCA students are also introduced to entrepreneurial thinking that shapes the concentration in enrolling their first year in “Principles and Practice of Innovation.”

Second-year students complete additional studies in the liberal arts core, while enrolling in two foundational classes, Visual Storytelling and Principles of Cultural Interpretation in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Upper-class MCA students enroll in classes on New Media and Aesthetics, while continuing to work through their track-specific courses. Electives and other core course requirements round out a student’s academic preparation, before their program culminates in their participation in their Capstone project, the goal of which is for students to employ all of the elements of their Providence Christian education in independent research and exposition.

Concentration Learning Outcomes

After active participation and completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Develop the critical thinking skills requisite to interpret cultural artifacts.
  2. Recognize and consider the employment of new media in the development to visual and performing arts.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency of skills required for the practice and performance of visual and performing arts.
  4. Acquire knowledge and understanding of the history, culture, and stylistic context of one area of visual or performing arts.
  5. Articulate central issues in the philosophy of visual and performing arts and discuss the role of Christian faith and creativity in the visual and performing arts from a Reformed perspective.
Concentration Course Requirements
MCA Courses within the Liberal Studies Degree Core
MCA 201Introduction to Fine Art3
Course #MCA Required Course Titles Units
COM 201Visual Storytelling and Communication3
MCA 301Principles of Cultural Interpretation3
MCA 320New Media3
PHL 311Aesthetics3
Course #Music-Track Required Courses Units
MUS 340Music History I3
MUS 230/232Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony I3
MUS 231/233Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony II3
MUS 234Sight-Singing and Aural Skills I1
MUS 235Sight-Singing and Aural Skills II1
MUS 341Music History II3
Course #Arts-Track Required Courses Units
ART 111Drawing I3
ART 115Studio Art I3
ART 116Studio Art II3
ART 221Plein Air Painting3
Course #Drama-Track Required Courses Units
COM 310Acting3
COM 365Production Design3
COM 370Directing3
COM 375Script Writing3
Course #Film & Media-Track Required Courses Units
COM 234Film Studies 3
COM 231Mass Media & Society3
COM 260Film/Media Production3
COM 360Advanced Film/Media Production3
Course #MCA Elective Course Titles Units
ART 112Drawing II3
ART 222Plein Art Painting II3
ART 117Studio Art III3
ART 341Art History3
COM 345Media Writing3
MCA 399Special Topics in Media, Culture, & the Arts3
MCA 450Apprenticeship in Media, Culture, & the ArtsMarch 8, 2014
MCA Capstone Course Titles
LBS 499Capstone: Career Development and e-PortfolioLBS 400
MCA 499Capstone: Paper/Project and PresentationHLS 401
Concentration Course Map (Arts)
Year One - FallYear One - Spring
New Testament INew Testament II
Composition IComposition II
Philosophical, Political & Economic ThoughtClassical and Medieval Civilization and Culture
The Christian MindLifespan Development
Intro to Public CommunicationIntroduction to Fine Art
Year Two - FallYear Two - Spring
Old Testament IOld Testament II
World LiteratureAmerican Civilization and Culture
Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and CulturePrinciples & Practice of Innovation
HPEHPE
Visual Storytelling and CommunicationPrinciples of Cultural Interpretation
Drawing IStudio Art I
Year Three - FallYear Three - Spring
Christ, Culture, and ContextualizationPrinciples of Management, Organization, and Communication
MathLab Science
New MediaAesthetics
Elective Elective
ElectiveElective
Year Four - FallYear Four - Spring
Capstone: Career Development and e-PortfolioCapstone: Paper/Project & Presentation
Spanish I*Spanish II*
Plein Air PaintingStudio Art II
ElectiveElective
ElectiveElective
*Needed only if the Foreign Language requirement in the Core has not been met. If met, replace with an elective course.
Concentration Course Map (Drama)
Year One - FallYear One - Spring
New Testament INew Testament II
Composition IComposition II
Philosophical, Political & Economic ThoughtClassical and Medieval Civilization and Culture
The Christian MindLifespan Development
Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and CultureIntroduction to Fine Art
Year Two - FallYear Two - Spring
Old Testament IOld Testament II
World LiteratureAmerican Civilization and Culture
MathPrinciples & Practice of Innovation
Intro to Public CommunicationLab Science
HPEHPE
Visual Storytelling and CommunicationPrinciples of Cultural Interpretation
Year Three - FallYear Three - Spring
Christ, Culture, and ContextualizationPrinciples of Management, Organization, and Communication
New MediaAesthetics
ActingProduction Design
Elective Elective
ElectiveElective
Year Four - FallYear Four - Spring
Capstone: Career Development and e-PortfolioCapstone: Paper/Project & Presentation
Spanish I*Spanish II*
DirectingScriptwriting
ElectiveElective
ElectiveElective
*Needed only if the Foreign Language requirement in the Core has not been met. If met, replace with an elective course.
Concentration Course Map (Film)
Year One - FallYear One - Spring
New Testament INew Testament II
Composition IComposition II
Philosophical, Political & Economic ThoughtClassical and Medieval Civilization and Culture
The Christian MindLifespan Development
Introduction to Public CommunicationIntroduction to Fine Art
Year Two - FallYear Two - Spring
Old Testament IOld Testament II
World LiteratureAmerican Civilization and Culture
Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and CulturePrinciples & Practice of Innovation
HPEHPE
Visual Storytelling and CommunicationMass Media & Society
Film StudiesPrinciples of Cultural Interpretation
Year Three - FallYear Three - Spring
Christ, Culture, and ContextualizationPrinciples of Management, Organization, and Communication
MathLab Science
New MediaAesthetics
Elective Elective
ElectiveElective
Year Four - FallYear Four - Spring
Capstone: Career Development and e-PortfolioCapstone: Paper/Project & Presentation
Spanish I*Spanish II*
Film and Media ProductionAdvanced Film and Media Production
ElectiveElective
ElectiveElective
*Needed only if the Foreign Language requirement in the Core has not been met. If met, replace with an elective course.
Concentration Course Map (Music)
Year One - FallYear One - Spring
New Testament INew Testament II
Composition IComposition II
Philosophical, Political & Economic ThoughtClassical and Medieval Civilization and Culture
The Christian MindLifespan Development
Intro to Public CommunicationIntroduction to Fine Art
Year Two - FallYear Two - Spring
Old Testament IOld Testament II
World LiteratureAmerican Civilization and Culture
Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and CulturePrinciples & Practice of Innovation
HPEHPE
Visual Storytelling and CommunicationPrinciples of Cultural Interpretation
Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony IMusic Theory/Keyboard Harmony I
Year Three - FallYear Three - Spring
Christ, Culture, and ContextualizationPrinciples of Management, Organization, and Communication
MathLab Science
New MediaAesthetics
Sight-Singing and Aural Skills ISight-Singing and Aural Skills II
Elective Elective
ElectiveElective
Year Four - FallYear Four - Spring
Capstone: Career Development and e-Portfolio Capstone: Paper/Project & Presentation
Spanish I*Spanish II*
Music History IMusic History II
ElectiveElective
ElectiveElective
*Needed only if the Foreign Language requirement in the Core has not been met. If met, replace with an elective course.

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