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Your questions answered!

Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you need more information, please reach out to our team!

Help Section

Your questions answered!

Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you need more information, please reach out to our team!

Why take a Pro Church Media University Course?

Short answer: Our courses work! 95% of our students have gone on to develop high-impact content right away for their church, been promoted within their organizations and/or have started their own freelance/media companies shortly after taking a course at PCM University.*

At Pro Church Media University every tutorial, course, and tool we create is checked for quality, taught by highly-skilled, veteran designers and emphasizes the real-world skills needed to create designs that have an impact.

PCM University | Top 5 Features Loved by our Students*

  • Professional Design, Animation + Media Skills
  • Lifetime access to lessons
  • Personalized project feedback and mentorship
  • Access to instructors for questions and help anytime they need!
  • Real-world projects that can be used right away in their church
*Student Survey Spring 2019

 

What is the Student Portal?

All of our students enrolled in a course will have their own student portal. The student portal is where students can access lessons, submit homework, ask discussion questions and get to all of their course materials. Below is a preview of what the student portal looks like! If you’d like to give it a try, you can sign-up for a free student account and take a look by enrolling in one of our free tutorial courses.

Why take a Pro Church Media University Course?

Short answer: Our courses work! 95% of our students have gone on to develop high-impact content right away for their church, been promoted within their organizations and/or have started their own freelance/media companies shortly after taking a course at PCM University.*

At Pro Church Media University every tutorial, course, and tool we create is checked for quality, taught by highly-skilled, veteran designers and emphasizes the real-world skills needed to create designs that have an impact.

PCM University | Top 5 Features Loved by our Students*

  • Professional Design, Animation + Media Skills
  • Lifetime access to lessons
  • Personalized project feedback and mentorship
  • Access to instructors for questions and help anytime they need!
  • Real-world projects that can be used right away in their church
*Student Survey Spring 2019

What is the Student Portal?

All of our students enrolled in a course will have their own student portal. The student portal is where students can access lessons, submit homework, ask discussion questions and get to all of their course materials. Below is a preview of what the student portal looks like! If you’d like to give it a try, you can sign-up for a free student account and take a look by enrolling in one of our free tutorial courses.

More Frequently Asked Questions…

How do courses work?

All of our courses are online and are accessed through your own student portal. They can be taken anywhere as long as you have internet access!

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 Full Courses:

  • Our full courses are offered 3 times per year. Spring/Fall/Winter.
  • Once the course starts, each Monday lessons will be made available in your student portal. You will have the whole week to go through lessons at your own pace and then submit homework.
  • Personalized homework feedback and mentorship is provided by each instructor to students within 1 week of submitting homework.
  • Students will also be a part of our online Facebook group where you can share and get feedback from other students and alumni, ask questions, and share ideas!

Mini Courses:

  • All of our mini courses are on-demand and can be taken anytime, anywhere! Once you are enrolled, you will get to take the course at your own pace.
  • Some of our mini courses come with discussion enabled if you need to ask instructors a question!

 

How long do I have access to my course?

All of our courses come with lifetime access!

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All of our courses (full and mini) come with lifetime access which means that even after you’ve watched through once or the course has ended, you will always be able to go back and refresh your skills!

What is mentorship and why is it important for learning design?

We honestly don’t think you can break through some barriers in design without a very strong mentor who can guide you through the process.

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All of our full courses come with personalized project feedback and mentorship to help you go further in learning design and animation skills. Mentorship is all about the details and what takes a good design to GREAT, which is what can make the biggest difference in a project! We like to think of our students more as apprentices who get to learn beside the masters to really gain the most out of every course.

Our instructors are all veteran designers who can help students get unstuck, push their skills even further and ensure that you understand every step of the process.

Course Format

What is taking a course like? How will I get feedback? How do I talk to instructors? See below!

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Our flexible course format makes it possible to be engaged from anywhere in the world on your own schedule. All of our courses are taught completely online through pre-recorded lesson videos, online resources, and handouts.

Students typically receive homework assignments once per week, which have soft deadlines. All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Instructors and Teaching Assistants. Pro Church Media University’s instructors are professional church media designers with real-life experience in the industry. They will be there for you throughout the entire session to critique your work and give your personalized, private feedback. Our instructors are able to critique as many versions of your work as you would like to submit during the duration of the session; so you get the feedback you need to sharpen your skills.

During the course, you will be invited to a private Facebook group that contains all of the leaders and students in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and more! You will also be able to start discussions through your student portal if you would like to ask a private question to your instructor.

What kind of projects will I work on?

All of our homework projects are designed to be practical so that they can be used in the real-world right away!

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We think it is highly important to focus on projects and skills that can be used to make an impact right away. We know our students time is limited and we don’t like to waste time on theoretical homework that no one would ever see or use. So, we take the time to come up with assignments that can be used on social media, for promotions and other on-demand purposes so students can use what they create!

I don't work for a church, can I still take a course?

Absolutely! All of our courses cover the practical skills needed to master design and animation for any kind of project.

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Our courses focus on real-world projects that we think are important for learning design in any situation. While many of our homework projects focus on designs that can be used in a church, many of our students have chosen to use their own company/organization’s needs for completing their homework as it applies to their situation.

All of our instructors have experience in both the church media world as well as the corporate and agency worlds and can help with specific questions related to best practices when working in other fields.

What do I need to take a course?

The basics: All you need is a device to watch lessons on and an internet connection. (See below for course specifics!)

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What you need for each course depends on what is being covered by our instructors. Once you are enrolled, each course will provide a list of any programs you may need access to. Here is a brief look at each course:

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Photoshop Quick Start

  • Photoshop CC

After Effects

  • After Effects CC
  • Media Encoder

Church Design Remix:

  • Photoshop CC

Sermon Series Bootcamp

  • Adobe CC recommended
  • Specifically – Photoshop, After Effects, Media Encoder

Church Media Planning

  • Photoshop CC (optional)

Social Media Design

  • Phone/Moblie Device
  • Recommended Apps: Over, InShot, Dropbox

Design Fundamentals

  • Photoshop CC

Shirt Design Mini Course

  • Adobe Illustrator

Launching & Growing A Creative Business

  • No design software needed

I fell behind or can't take the course I enrolled for!

It’s OK! We understand when you schedule gets busy which is why our courses have a flexible format!

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Since all of our courses come with lifetime access, the good news is that you can take them as your schedule allows! Woohoo!

All of our full courses come with an extended critque period at the end so that if you fall behind in class you will still have some time to submit homework and get feedback.

If you have a special circumstance, please let us know and we will do our best to accomodate.

 

REFUNDS:

We do not offer refunds for any courses. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

Still need help? We will do our best to answer any questions you have! Send us an email and we will get back to you shortly!

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