Theology and the Arts

 

The Certificate in Theology and the Arts supports students with interest and experience in the arts as they focus their studies and answer God's call towards Art Ministry. This unique program allows Masters-level students to graduate with a formal acknowledgment of their specialized study in Theology and the Arts, which will help them as they seek places to practice their calling to ministry through the arts. The program is led by Dr. Deborah Sokolove, director of the Luce Center and lecturer in Arts.

The Certificate in Theology and the Arts is an innovative program offered by Wesley that presents students with several unique opportunities through the Henry Luce Center for the Arts and Religion. Students take fourteen program-specific credits, including courses in art theory, introductory courses in several artistic disciplines (including music, drama, dance, visual art, and literary art), and focused electives in a specific discipline. Participants will be able to explore the relationship between art and faith and develop skills for using art in worship and other areas of Christian life. Students in the program can also take advantage of Wesley's location in the nation's capital by connecting with resources in the Washington, DC art community.

Purpose

The Certificate in Theology and the Arts at Wesley provides students with an opportunity to reflect, write, and speak about the relationship between art and faith; to understand more deeply the basic ideas and processes of a range of artistic disciplines; to develop practical tools for fostering the use of the arts in worship, Christian education, prayer, and other areas of Christian life; and to allow them to do focused, practical, and theological work in a specific artistic form. Masters-level students will graduate with a formal acknowledgment of their specialized study in Theology and the Arts which will help them as they seek places to practice their calling to ministry through the arts.

How Do I Apply?

Contact the Wesley Admissions Office at (202) 885-8659 to find additional program information, to arrange for a campus visit, or to apply. Interested students are encouraged to declare their interest in the Certificate in Theology and the Arts as part of their admissions process to Wesley. Theology and the Arts candidates are to be either M.Div., M.A., or M.T.S. students and must apply to the Certificate before they have completed 30 hours.

Students who apply for the Certificate should have some expertise or experience in one of the artistic disciplines, as demonstrated to a committee of RA faculty through the presentation of a portfolio, DVD, audition, or other means appropriate to the discipline. Upon acceptance, students will be assigned an advisor from the RA faculty.

Questions about the Certificate in Theology and the Arts should be directed to Dr. Deborah Sokolove, Director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at (202) 885-8674 or Amy Gray, Program Administrator, at (202) 885-8637.

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