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Acting for the Stage and Screen Major
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.
Art Education, M.A. (online)
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.Low Residency and Online only
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.
Cinematic Arts Major
The Cinematic Arts major offers four concentrations: Animation, Critical Studies, Entertainment Executive, and Production/Post. A minor is also available in Critical Studies.
Cinematic Arts Production Major
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.
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.
The Master of Music in Composition prepares musicians for professional careers in the specialized and competitive field of composition and arranging.
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 design, digital and UIUX design, and applying it to developing branding systems.
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.
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.
M.A. in Music Entrepreneurship
The Master of Arts in Music Entrepreneurship equips talented independent musicians and managers with the business acumen they need to thrive in the competitive, ever-changing music 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.Azusa (main campus) and Low Residency only
Modern Art History, M.A. (online)
APU’s Online M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism 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.Online only
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: Instrumental and Choral.
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 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, Global Worship and Culture, Music Production, Performance, Visual Art and Graphic Design, and Youth Ministries.
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.
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.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Screenwriting degree is an intensive four-year training program designed to equip students for professional writing careers in the entertainment industry.
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.
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.
Visual Art Major
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.