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Discipleship Training School (DTS) ( DSP 211 )

This school is an intensive Christian discipleship course beginning with an 11 or 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by an 8-12 week practical field assignment. It is a prerequisite for all other courses in the University of the Nations, and also serves to orient and prepare all new Youth With A Mission (YWAM) staff. The DTS is designed to encourage students in personal character development, cultivating their relationship with God and identifying their unique gifts and callings. Cross-cultural exposure and global awareness are special emphases throughout the course, preparing the students to evangelize and disciple current and future generations, answering the call to "Go into all the world and teach (make disciples of) all nations." (Matthew 28:19). The curriculum is in the following six major categories: God's nature and character; God's intention for individuals, peoples and nations; seeing all of life from God's perspective; redemption, sin, and the Cross; God's family - the Church; God's world - His call and commission; the ministries of YWAM. Focused DTS's: In some locations the DTS is offered with a particular focus, such as the Crossroads DTS, Operation Year DTS, University DTS, Sports DTS, Arts DTS, etc. Credit will be given for this course with satisfactory completion of DSP 212.

DTS Staff Training Seminar ( DSP 121 )

A foundational collaborative training program offered by various members of the International DTS Centre, for DTS staff and Leaders from many different locations. It covers the DTS purpose, curriculum and guidelines, YWAM’s Foundational Values, some basic skills for working with people, leadership skills, DTS administration (including U of N Course and student registration processes), and a special focus on facilitating the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the classroom. This course is most commonly referred to as "DTS Foundational Workshop."


Ministry Development School ( CHR 241 )

School of Ministry Development (SOMD) During this school students discover and develop their gifts and talents in ministry and leadership roles. The course is especially designed for new staff at YWAM centres and is adapted to the context of the language (French/English) and culture of the country (Quebec, Canada) in which it is taught. The course is set up along the lines of 6 major themes: Character development; Skills development; Christian community development; Missions; Biblical finances; and YWAM (the organisation). Each module has a leadership component, teaching students how these aspects apply to leaders. Some of the topics are: understanding the core values of YWAM, perspectives on missions, personal fund-raising, worship and evangelism, personal ministry development, public speaking, spiritual authority, and conflict resolution.

School of Acting for the Screen ( ATS/CMC 231 )

The School of Acting for the Screen (SAS) is a 3-month course of the University of the Nations to lay and strengthen foundations in the craft of on-screen acting as well develop biblical thinking in regards to the craft and the industry it is set it. The SAS runs alongside the School of Digital Filmmaking (SDF) to enable actors and filmmakers to collaborate on short film projects. Students can expect to come out of the school with footage of their acting, a headshot, as well as basic tools and know-how to launch into the industry. Beginners as well as more experienced actors will benefit from intensive lecture time and scene work with skilled professionals who are active in the film industry.

School of Biblical Studies I ( CHR 213 )

This is the first in a series of three courses that make up the School of Biblical Studies (SBS). This course sequence surveys the whole Bible using the inductive approach (observation, interpretation and application). This course may serve as a core course in all bachelor's degree programmes. This course meets the U of N Core Curriculum requirement for Bible.

This course can be taken online. See for details.

School of Biblical Studies II ( CHR 315 )

This course is a continuation of the School of Biblical Studies, using the inductive approach to study Hebrews, James, I and II Peter, Jude, I, II and III John, the Gospel of John, Revelation, and Genesis through I & II Samuel.

School of Biblical Studies III ( CHR 316 )

As the final course in the SBS series, this continuation of training in using the inductive approach to studying the Bible, covers the study of I & II Kings through Malachi.

School of Biblical Studies Seminar ( CHR 113 )

A three-week seminar similar to the first three weeks of CHR 213, School of Biblical Studies. Credit may not be received for both the CHR 113 seminar and CHR 213.

School of Digital Filmmaking ( CMC 385 )

The school equips students spiritually and professionally to effectively create films that will exemplify Christian values. Students gain a Christian perspective of the film industry in the digital age. After this three-month school students will be able to direct and produce short fictional stories and have an overall understanding of the creation, production and distribution process of films in the independent and mainstream markets. Topics taught include: directing, producing, screenwriting, digital and film camera operation, lighting for film & video, digital sound, video editing, working with actors, and other technical aspects of filmmaking. The development of the character of the future filmmaker as well as skills training is an integral part of the course.

School of Photography I ( CMC 241 )

The goal of this course is to inspire and train Christians to use photography as a communications tool to serve others. The course teaches photography from a biblical and technical perspective, and students learn appropriate ways of relating to those they photograph or work with. Lectures taught by Christian professional photographers and school staff, combined with photo assignments on the campus and in the community provide a balance of learning approaches. Ample opportunities for shooting, using digital single-lens reflex cameras (D-SLRs) and mirrorless cameras are given, in both color and black & white.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
School of Photography I CMC 241 12 French, English 06 Apr 2025 27 Jun 2025