The concentration appeals to both religious leaders and artists, engaging art forms including theatre, visual arts, music and literature. Students experience the ways in which the arts embody and reveal the intangible; religious leaders learn creative models of ministry in which the arts are vital; and artists find the intersections between their art practice and spirituality. Graduates are prepared for leadership in art for social justice, arts in the church or in educational or arts platforms, and for advancement in their careers as artists.
As part of the concentration, students develop a new art practice or deepen their existing art practice.
- Foundational course
- Arts Practicum TR272 (3 cr)
- Thesis (M.A.)
- Topic must focus on theology and the arts (6 cr)
- Elective courses
- M.A., M.A.R.L.: Two electives (6 cr)
- M.Div.: Three electives (9 cr)
- Elective courses may be selected from those approved for this concentration, or students may ask a faculty member to include a track in another course that explicitly addresses one or more of the concentration educational outcomes (faculty have discretion to decide if tracking is appropriate for a given course). If the faculty member agrees, some course readings and/or assignments would be tailored to allow the course to meet a concentration elective requirement; this would be noted on the registration form.
Requirements for the D.Min. Degree
- Theological Interpretation of the Arts TR271-DM (4 cr)*
- Arts Practicum TR272-DM (3 cr)*
- Curating as Theological Reflection TR273-DM (1 cr)*
*Please contact the instructor before the first class session to discuss readings and assignments.