Diploma in Music & Worship Arts

Does great music move you? Do you want to grow in your ability to express your worship and share your story through the creative art form of music and songwriting? Then perhaps the Music & Worship Arts program is calling your name. This program is directed by worship leader and songwriter Brian Doerksen.

This three-year Diploma in Music and Worship Arts program is employment-oriented and will lead to skilled service in the Christian music industry including song writing, performance arts and musical instruction. Other employment outcomes include coordinating and leading music and worship within a church or para-ministry setting and creating music for the Christian recording industry.

 Learn Thumb  


This program will enable you to grow in your love and knowledge of God and the Scriptures. It is for those who are humble, teachable and open to the mystery of God and the diverse journies we have with Jesus.

 Create Thumb  


The Creator God has designed each of us to be creative worshippers. As you surround yourself with others in our creative community, you will grow in your appreciation of the arts and your unique artistic side. Opportunities to specialize in songwriting, worship leading, and musicianship will be available.

 Think Thumb  


As worshippers we desire to think about the place of worship in both personal and community life so that we can move beyond the conflicts and misunderstanding that hinder God’s people from true worship.

 Worship Thumb





Worship is first—always has been, always will be. It’s the way we were made. It’s the highest privilege and pleasure in the Kingdom of God, and is the response of our lives to the greatest commandment in Scripture. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”


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Program Requirements (Songwriting)

Program in development - subject to change.
All courses are 3 credits unless indicated otherwise.

Worship Arts
DM 1xx Introduction to Digital Media (1 cr)
HF 151 How Music Works (2 cr)
MU 150 Group Vocal Lessons (1.5 cr)
MU 155-57 Music Lessons (1.5 cr)
MU 255-57 Music Lessons
WA 103 The Way of Worship
WA 1xx Introduction to Songwriting (1 cr)
WA 123 Language of Music - Basic Theory (1 cr)
WA 124 Language of Music & Writing 1 - Theory (1 cr)
WA 125 Language of Music & Writing 2 - Theory (1 cr)
WA 126 Language of Music & Charting - Theory (1 cr)
WA 210 Music Ministry
WA 224 Arranging Songs (2 cr)
WA 232 How Musicians Work
WA xxx Worship Technology (1 cr)

Songwriting Concentration
WA 121 Songwriting 1
WA 122 Songwriting 2
WA 221 Songwriting 3
WA 227 Recording & Producing
WA 3xx EP Project (6 cr)

Bible, Theology & General Studies
HF 111 Thinking & Writing
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 148 Psalms
OT 353 Reading the Prophets
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology

About Brian

Brian Doerksen is the Director of Prairie’s new school of Music & Worship Arts. He is the author of many well-known songs that are sung in churches around the world including Come, Now is the Time to Worship, Faithful One, Jesus Hope of the Nations and Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing). In addition to songwriting and leading worship, Brian loves to learn and has a growing desire to teach others.

“If you have a passion to worship God and see His church come to a healthy understanding of what worship should be, then I invite you to come to the wide-open prairie for what will be an amazing time of learning, creating, thinking and worshipping. I am looking forward to the journey of learning together.”

                                                                                                                  - Brian.

To learn more about Brian and his journey to Prairie, you can read the full announcement here.
Visit http://briandoerksen.com for Brian's complete bio, discography, tour dates and more.



For costs and breakdown of fees click here.

Variations in costs are dependent on scholarships, number of tuition credits taken, Campus Leaders Bursary, and transfer credits.

For Financial Aid click here.


Tuition Fees:
On this schedule tuition fees are based on 15 credits/semester.


College Services Fees include:

Student Union, printing, fitness, intra-mural, technology, library, orientation, & spiritual formation fees. 


Room & Board:

Residence double occupancy

Refundable Residence Damage Deposit:  $250


Costs not included:



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