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Christianity and the Arts MA


Course Description

Christianity and the Arts is taught in association with the National Gallery.

Investigate how Christian scripture, beliefs and practices have found expression in art over 2,000 years; trace the idea of beauty in Western theological tradition; make use of examples in London. Leads to further research or careers in teaching, journalism or the church.

Key benefits

- The MA will enable students to work across disciplinary and specialism boundaries, and in particular to explore simultaneously the art-historical and theological dimensions of Christian art – approaches which are generally pursued in isolation from one another.

- The MA will use rich cultural resources beyond the College – and specifically the artistic, human and web-based resources of the National Gallery.

- The MA will provide opportunities for students to learn outside the College, in the context of an art museum, with likely additional visits/links to institutions with related collections, like the Courtauld Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

- The MA will enhance the experience of international students at the College by giving them a stimulating and privileged understanding of one of London’s (and the world’s) greatest treasuries of art.

View the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/christianity-and-the-arts-ma.aspx

- Description -

The MA in Christianity and the Arts will investigate how Christian scripture, beliefs and practices have found expression in the arts over 2000 years, tracing the idea of beauty in Western theological tradition, and making use wherever possible of examples and case studies in London.

Modules include:

- The Idea of Beauty in Western Theology (core)
- Dissertation (core)
- The Devotional Use of Art in Christianity (optional)
- Art as a Theological Medium (optional)
- Christianity and Literature (optional)
- The Christian Text (optional)

And many more. Please see our website.

- Course purpose -

To enable students to work across disciplinary and specialism boundaries, and in particular to explore simultaneously the art-historical and theological dimensions of Christian art – approaches which are generally pursued in isolation from one another.

- Course format and assessment -

Taught core and optional modules assessed by coursework plus a dissertation.

Career prospects

We would expect graduates to go into research in the Department of Theology; the media; museum work; teaching; journalism; careers in the church.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Christianity and the Arts MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!



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(Student Profile)

Wendy

1986.jpg I didn’t so much choose King’s, as it chose me. I was actually looking at a job advertised on the National Gallery’s website when I saw a reference to my course. Intrigued, I had a look at King’s’ site and although I had never considered doing a Master’s it suddenly seemed to be exactly what I was looking for: an opportunity to focus my interests and learn more about a field I was hoping to work in. For several years I had been thinking about ‘Christian art,’ in particular what it might look like today, along with its place and function.

It has been said that art galleries are the cathedrals of today and therefore places where truth and revelation may still be sought. In Western culture where there is a general wariness of organised religion and a turning away from traditional means of Christian communication, perhaps art could be a means of bridging the gap? To embark upon such a course of study may seem unusual for someone like myself with many years of working life already behind them. But rather than cruising towards retirement I felt there was still time to explore something new.

My first year is more than fulfilling my expectations, with great teaching, good support, and a wealth of resources available. I knew of King’s excellent reputation for Theology and its Christian foundation when I applied and for me this adds an extra dimension. The Chaplaincy keeps me informed of events and services which reflect the rhythm of the church year. And the college choir is fantastic!

I know what I’m doing is a privilege. Two years will pass very quickly.


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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) is usually required but not necessarily in a humanities subject. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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