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Acting for the Stage and Screen Major (BFA)

This program prepares students for professional acting careers, as well as graduate studies in performance.

Animation and Visual Effects Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Animation and Visual Effects will prepare you to make a difference as a skilled animator and storyteller in an influential industry. Hone your artistic ability with courses covering animation’s many facets while making use of a state of the art animation lab, and cultivate your narrative techniques with a comprehensive cinematic arts curriculum.

This program offers the following areas of study: Animation and Visual Effects.

Art Education, MA

The Master of Arts in Art Education program is a 30-hour low-residency degree for artists who love to teach. Designed for working professionals and busy educators who enjoy making and teaching art, students benefit from the convenience of online courses and two one-week summer intensive practicums at APU’s main campus in Azusa.

Online: Low Residency at Azusa (main campus)

Art History Minor

Cultivate your knowledge of art history, philosophy, and criticism as you prepare to engage the art world and the broader culture from a Christian perspective.

Art Major

Students take courses that provide a broad groundwork in the arts and select an area of specialization, choosing from a variety of courses to streamline their skills.

Art Major (BFA)

The BFA is the undergraduate degree highly desired by students serious about pursuing careers or advanced degrees in the visual arts. Students in this program have the flexibility to choose the concentration that is best suited to their academic and career goals.

This program offers the following areas of study: Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Interdisciplinary, Photography, and Sculpture.

Art Minor

Gain a solid foundation in basic artistic principles, then choose from several electives to customize the program according to your artistic and professional goals.

Artist Certificate Program

This music certificate prepares graduate students with the practical skills to succeed as a professional performer.

Cinematic Arts Major

This comprehensive program helps students develop a spiritually aware, critical, and creative outlook as they are immersed in hands-on filmmaking with state-of-the-art equipment and expert instruction by faculty-mentors with professional experience.

This program offers the following areas of study: Entertainment Executive, Production and Post, and Screen Studies.

Cinematic Arts Production Major (BFA)

The Cinematic Arts Production major is a robust BFA degree program that equips students with a range of production skills spanning producing, directing, cinematography, and editing.

Commercial Music Major

The Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music prepares students for careers in both the Christian and secular commercial music industry. Coursework maintains a real-world point of view, reflective of faculty who are primarily working professionals in the field of commercial music.

This program offers the following areas of study: Audio Recording Track, Composing/Arranging Track, Instrumental Performance Track, Music Business Track, and Vocal Performance Track.

Composition Major

The Bachelor of Music in Composition offers excellent preparation for graduate study or work as a professional composer. The program helps students discover a distinctive voice as they develop a portfolio of compositions. In addition to composition, courses in theory, music history, literature, conducting, and technology give students a thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship.

Composition, MM

The Master of Music in Composition prepares musicians for professional careers in the specialized and competitive field of composition and arranging.

Conducting, MM

The Master of Music in Conducting prepares musicians for professional careers in the specialized and competitive field of conducting.

Design Studies Major

The design studies major prepares students to think creatively about visual communication challenges by gaining experience in print, digital, and UIUX design. Students study the design of communications, products, environments, systems, and services.

Design Studies Minor

Develop creative ways of thinking about visual communication as you learn practical principles of design using various design software.

Games and Interactive Media Major

Games and Interactive Media students benefit from a well-rounded curriculum integrating storytelling, game mechanics, and technical art, preparing them for careers in the video game and interactive media industry.

MFA in Visual Art

APU’s 37-month, low-residency MFA program accommodates the working artist/educator and centers primarily on studio activity and the integration of faith and art. Students engage in highly collaborative relationships with MFA program mentor-professors, enabling artists to hone their talent through critique and individual instruction.

Online: Low Residency at Azusa (main campus)

Modern and Contemporary Art History, MA

APU’s Online MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History is an innovative 24-month program that offers a specialized program in modernism while blending courses in contemporary theory and the practice of art criticism. The program cultivates expertise through a framework of aesthetic understanding and scholarly analysis.


Music Education (MMEd)

The Master of Music Education prepares current and prospective teaching professionals as school music specialists qualified to lead K-12 music programs in both private and public sectors.

This program offers the following areas of study: Choral and Instrumental.


Music Education (Pre-Teacher Certification) Major

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Pre-Teacher Certification) program trains future music teachers, offering preparation in the necessary skills, knowledge, and appropriate methodologies for success at all levels of music education within California.

This program offers the following areas of study: Choral and Instrumental.

Music Industry, MA

The Master of Arts in Music Industry equips talented independent musicians and managers with the business acumen they need to thrive in the competitive, ever-changing music industry.

Online: Low Residency at Orange County

Music Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers a comprehensive music education for students interested in teaching, performance, or music theory. The program includes an ensemble requirement and emphases that develop skills in composition and performance.

This program offers the following areas of study: Music Theory and Performance.

Music Minor

Enhance your musical knowledge and performance skills with Azusa Pacific’s acclaimed music program. Prospective students must pass the same placement and proficiency examinations that are required for the music major.

Music and Worship Major

The Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music and Worship provides the student with a broad perspective in the field of music ministry and consists of academic preparation in music, Christian ministry, and practical theology. Graduates are given the tools needed to minister effectively in an ever-changing music ministry environment, and they are prepared for more specialized graduate study in music or Christian ministry.

This program offers the following areas of study: Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries, Composing/Songwriting, Fine Arts, Global Worship and Culture, Instrumental Performance, Music Production, and Vocal Performance.

Performance Major

The Bachelor of Music in Performance program is tailored to students seeking a career in performance or pedagogy (private teaching), or who wish to pursue advanced degrees in performance.

This program offers the following areas of study: Brass, Wind, or Percussion, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass, and Vocal.

Performance, MM

The Master of Music in Performance allows specialization in instrumental performance, keyboard collaborative arts, piano and organ performance, and vocal performance.

This program offers the following areas of study: Instrumental, Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Piano and Organ, and Vocal.

Screen Studies Minor

Explore the history and works of television, film, and digital media, learn how these media have intersected with and influenced culture, and study the Christian perspective on these influential forms of communication.

Screenwriting Major

This program equips students for professional writing careers in the entertainment industry.

Screenwriting Minor

Learn the integral structures of cinematic storytelling and implement them in criticism, scripts, and productions, and become proficient in the aesthetic, practical, and technical aspects of production, writing, criticism, animation, or entertainment management.

Screenwriting, MA

The master’s in screenwriting program prepares writers with literary talent and strong motivation to tell substantive stories that point audiences toward truth and beauty, while exploring the dialogue between faith and cinematic arts.

Online: Low Residency at Azusa (main campus)

Theater Arts Major

This program offers a broad range of courses that focus on education, design and technical production, directing, playwriting, drama ministry, and theater for social change.

Theater Arts Minor

Acquire the skills necessary for becoming a well-rounded theater artist, from the application of professional production techniques to the analysis of drama and theater from historical and Christian viewpoints.

User Experience Design, MA

The Master of Arts in User Experience Design is a 30-unit low-residency and online degree that prepares graduates for the fast-growing field of interactive design. Azusa Pacific’s user experience design, or UXD, program integrates a signature approach to human-centered design from an artistic perspective.

Online: Low Residency at Orange County

Worship Leadership Minor

Learn about theological reflection, philosophical inquiry, technological awareness, the history and nature of corporate worship, and the practical application of the worship design process, along with music theory, ear training, and sight singing.