Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts

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The Department of Performing Arts at San Diego Christian (SDC) strongly believes that personal talents are given to us for the glory of Jesus Christ.

Why Choose Performing Arts at SDC?

The Department of Performing Arts faculty seeks to encourage students to strive for excellence within their musical or theatrical abilities, as well as their personal character and integrity. This major is designed to foster personal and professional growth as students engage in a challenging program of study, a tremendous community environment, and limitless opportunities to gain experience in their field.

In addition to academic research, students have the opportunity to participate in chorale groups, instrumental ensembles, VISION team (silent drama/chorale missions team), SDC theatrical productions, and worship teams. SDC also proudly partners with Christian Youth Theater (CYT), where students have the opportunity to intern, direct, produce, teach, and manage CYT operations around the country.

Whether a student feels led toward vocal or instrumental performance, musical theater, teaching in the private or public schools, or leading worship in the church setting, we have a program designed to develop an excellence that speaks of our Savior and Lord. Students will find a challenging program of study, a tremendous community environment, and limitless performance opportunities. So if you have a gift and passion for musical or dramatic arts, please contact the Performing Arts Department at (619) 201-8763.

“Our desire for the Department of Performing Arts is to facilitate programs that will prepare students for successful careers in the world of performing arts and education. It is a joy to be a part of changing lives through the power of music and the arts!”
~Dr. Paul Russell, Chair of the Department of Performing Arts

Emphases and Opportunities

Worship Leading
CYT Internships
VISION team
Worship teams
Theatrical Productions
Professional Music Studies
Musical Theater (Performance Focus/ Production Focus)

Music Ministry Teams

The Worship teams’ mission is to equip, train, and develop skillful musicians that have a heart for glorifying God through congregational worship music. Worship teams serve primarily at SDC chapels and other campus events. They also serve off-campus at church services, youth groups, college groups, camps, Christian schools and special events in the community. Learn more about Music Ministry teams.

Course Requirements for Music Majors

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at San Diego Christian will require 132-138 credit hours, depending upon your concentration.

  • 72 hours are required from the General Education Core;
  • 17 hours are required from the Music Core; and,
  • 43-49 hours are required from the Music Concentration of your choosing.

For a complete view of courses and descriptions, please click here.

The Department of Music seeks to provide a solid yet flexible program for a wide range of students, whether music majors, interdisciplinary majors, music minors or those simply interested in cultivating their musical knowledge and ability.

Interdisciplinary students will combine selected musical experiences with studies in a second discipline, guided by faculty in both departments, tailoring their program to meet their unique interests and potential careers or ministries. Students who major in other fields can minor in music or simply take advantage of a variety of musical studies and activities, including ensembles, worship teams, musical theater, private or group lessons, and courses such as Music Fundamentals or Music and Computer.

Graduates in music enter careers/ministries such as church

The One-Year Certificate in Musical Theater at San Diego Christian will require the following:

  • 11 hours are required from the General Education Core;
  • 15 hours are required from the Music or Musical Theater Core; and,
  • 10 hours are required from Music, Musical Theater, or Business Core.

The Performing Arts Department of Music seeks to provide a solid yet flexible program for a wide range of students, whether music majors, interdisciplinary majors, music minors or those simply interested in cultivating their musical knowledge and ability.

Required Music Courses for One-Year Certificate

Course: Credits

MU 101 (A/E, plus C) Music Introduction:3
MU 102 Music Theory I:3
MU ___ Music Ensemble, Private Instruction and/or
MU 114 Applied Theory I:1
MT 140 Intro to Musical Theater Production:1
MT 147 CYT Training and Fieldwork:2
MT 148 CYT Fieldwork:2
MT 150 CYT Field Work:2

Elective Options for One-Year Certificate

MU 102 Music Theory I:3
MU 114 Applied Theory I:1
MT 141 Musical Theater History:2
MT 142 Scene Design & Construction:2
MT 145 Lighting for the Theater:2
MT 241 Theater History:2
MT 242 Fundamentals of Painting & Drawing:2
MT 243 Costume Design & Construction:2
MT 244 Theatrical Make-Up:2
MT 245 Sound for the Stage:2
MU ___ Additional Ensemble or Private Music Instruction
BU ___ Business Elective

Download the SDCC Catalog for more information.

Over 95% of students at SDC receive financial assistance from a variety of sources.

An education at San Diego Christian is worth the investment. At our institution, students are not only investing in an excellent education, but also in their spiritual formation, leadership training and opportunities to make an impact in our local and global community for the kingdom of God. Our 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows our professors to give their students personal attention both academically and spiritually, and our students are a part of a thriving community of believers who are committed to servant leadership and growth.

That is why we believe SDC is worth your investment and our own. Through our comprehensive financial aid program, we are committed to offering an affordable, Christian liberal arts education to every student no matter their financial situation. We are here to assist you in making an informed decision as you plan a financing strategy for your college education.

For a listing of tuition and costs, financial aid options and resources for funding your education, click here

San Diego Christian Chorale

As one of the premier performance groups of the Performing Arts Department, the San Diego Christian Chorale features students from various degree programs around campus. These students minister to various churches and venues around California, Nevada, and Arizona throughout the school year. Musical expressions include traditional works to today’s most popular worship charts. Over 30 pieces are memorized over the course of the year for performance. All music majors are required to participate in the group and, for non-music majors, acceptance is based on the ability to make a one-year commitment. This group also tours an exclusive area of the United States each year during Spring Break. Scholarships are available to individuals according to ability and grade point average (GPA).

For further information or to schedule an audition, please contact Terry Hendricks or the department office at (619) 201-8763.

Musical Theater Program

The Musical Theater program prepares students for a professional career in musical theater, both within and outside of the church.

Focus is placed on essential elements of successful presentation of roles and characters, from a directors and actors standpoint. Students are given opportunities to direct, act, and develop tasteful program and works that can enhance a worship and professional experience. Acceptance to the program is by audition only. Scholarships are available according to ability and grade point average (GPA).

For further information, or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Paul Russell or the department office at(619) 201-8763.

Worship Teams

The Worship teams’ mission is to equip, train, and develop skillful musicians that have a heart for glorifying God through congregational worship music. Worship teams serve primarily at SDC chapels and other campus events. They also serve off-campus at church services, youth groups, college groups, camps, Christian schools and special events in the community. Learn more about Worship teams.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Obtain a foundational knowledge of the humanities, sciences, and social sciences that provides a framework for life-long learning;
  2. Specialize in at least one academic discipline with specific career and life applications;
  3. Demonstrate effective communication and social skills;
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to scholarly, professional, and personal endeavors;
  5. Practice individual responsibility to God, others and to the environment;
  6. Explore a variety of opportunities for active participation in local and global communities in preparation for a lifestyle of service and ministry;
  7. Interact effectively with individuals of diverse cultural perspectives; and,
  8. Exercise self-discipline and personal integrity based on biblical principles and an active personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Studying music at SDC allowed me to be stretched in ways I never imagined. The leadership opportunities available to students helped me grow as a musician and director. The small class sizes helped me build strong relationships with my peers and learn so much from my professors. Supporting one another in prayer and growing in a community of believers was a highlight of my experience.”
~Amanda Hyden, 2011, Performing Arts Assistant at San Diego Christian College