Do I need to do a Discipleship Training School first before doing the Academy?
Yes. The Academy of Frontier Media and Arts is made up of a number of second-tier courses, and as such a 20 -24 credit University of the Nations recognized DTS is a preliminary requirement before you can do any other second level schools or join staff.
What does the schedule look like on a DTS?
Each day you start the day with devotions and Bible reading, we then move into the classroom where we participate in lectures on various topics. In the afternoon you will complete household chores and workshops and other activities. Evenings include local ministry, cultural events, and weekends we attend church together. There are also weekly corporate events such as worship, and prayer times where we join the Create Thailand staff. Your weekends may have some school activities but will generally be free for you to explore the city and have some study time.
Where will I stay during lecture phase?
During the Lecture phase, you will stay at one of Create’s housing facilities, a short distance from your classroom and our production studios. The surrounding neighborhood is a great place to stay, it has everything you could ever need, great food, wonderful cafes, and everything is within walking distance.
Is outreach required?
Yes, successful completion of the outreach phase of your school is REQUIRED for all DTS’s and most courses within the Academy.
Where will I go for my outreach phase and how is that decided?
Your school leader will pray over options for outreach locations and these will be communicated early in the school, or beforehand if already set. Some DTS’s will have more than one option for you to pray about and some will go as one team on outreach. Some teams will serve in multiple locations on outreach and others may focus on one location for the whole three months. We have a significant focus on South East, as well as Central, Asia.
Are there opportunities for me to get involved with after completing my DTS at Create?
Yes, you may continue onto further training programs or join staff here with us at Create Thailand, at any of the YWAM ministries in the city, or at any of the YWAM bases around the world! Learn more about opportunities after DTS
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit as such, DTS students just need to be old enough to have completed secondary school or high school.
I have children, can I bring my family with me?
Yes. We believe that families, and not just individuals, have a calling in missions to serve together as a family. Please contact us for further details.
Is DTS offered in any other languages than English?
At this time we are not offering any bilingual or non-English DTSs, but we know of a few, so get in touch and maybe we can recommend something
Do I need to bring equipment?
For DTS students: You do not need a camera or a laptop for any of the schools, although we strongly encourage both. They will certainly enrich your experience with us as they help with your studies, and your ability to record your time here.
For Academy: Filmmaking students: You do not need a camera or a laptop for any of the schools, although we strongly encourage both. They will make your life easier and enrich your experience with us. If you would like to go out and get a Lumix GH2 or a Canon 60D or comparable camera, then go right ahead. Having a camera that shoots video will also make your ability to complete project work a lot easier since you would not have to wait for other students to free up a camera for you to use. We also really encourage you to have a Mac laptop with Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro X on it, if possible. If you have a PC with some editing software, that is better than nothing.
For Academy: Fine Arts students: You do not need all your art supplies as we will be providing some basic supplies. There are a few art stores here if you would like to purchase other materials of your own. However, we strongly encourage to bring your own supplies if you would like better quality materials and equipment of your own: brushes, palette knives, anything you are comfortable with that you would like to use during your training. We also really encourage you to have a Mac laptop with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Motion in it, if possible. If you have a PC with some editing software, that is better than nothing.
What immunizations are required?
We encourage all staff and students to come with the appropriate updates on immunizations. These are the following:
These updates are required every 10 years, if you are unsure of your last immunization, check with your doctor. Please, for your own safety, ensure that you are up to date with these before coming to the lecture phase of your school so that you will be prepared in advance for your field assignment. For overseas field assignments we recommend that all staff and students receive further vaccines, these are the following:
We encourage you to have these immunizations before joining us as vaccines are expensive and foreign students/staff pay more once they are in Thailand. We may also be encouraging students and staff to take medicine to help prevent malaria and to use mosquito nets during the field assignment – this depends on the location of your field assignment. If you would prefer, you can bring malaria medication with you from home or we can purchase this for you here.
If you are from a Yellow Fever infected area (some parts of South America, and Africa), please make sure to get a Yellow Fever shot prior to arrival and be sure to arrive with the vaccine card to prove it. The immigration in Thailand is vigilant at checking for this.