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.
In addition to the requirements of their Masters-level program, students enrolled in the Certificate in Theology and the Arts will take fourteen credits of RA (Religion & Arts) distributed as follows:
One theoretical course (choose one for a total of 2 credits)
RA-253 Art for God’s Sake: Art, Culture, and Christian Understanding
RA-120 Making it Real: Symbol, Sacrament, Ritual and Art
or other course as designated in the course schedule
Introductory courses in three different artistic disciplines
(choose 2 credits in each of three areas for a total of 6 credits)
RA-130 Chapel Choir
RA- 135 Music Skills for the Local Church
Drama and Biblical Storytelling
RA-188 Tools for Drama in Ministry
RA-190 Religious Themes in Drama
RA-175 Biblical Storytelling
RA-194 Liturgical Dance
RA-192 Dance Theory and Technique
RA-122 Picturing the Church
RA-152 Contemplative Drawing
RA-144 Scripture in Literature
RA-142 Language of Grace: Readings in Modern Literature
RA electives in a single artistic discipline
Choose 6 credits in a single artistic discipline (music, drama, dance, visual art, literary art) from the RA course offerings and others as designated in the course schedule. These may include Practicums, Directed Studies, and specialized courses at AU or elsewhere as determined in consultation with RA faculty.
The curriculum for the M.A. with a Certificate in Theology and the Arts is designed to provide a general theological degree blended with a certificate in the practice of arts ministry.
Requirements: 36 credit hour total for M.A. with Certificate Foundational coursework (20 credits)
Introduction to Hebrew Bible 1 (2)
Introduction to Hebrew Bible 2 (2)
Introduction to New Testament: Gospels (2)
Introduction to New Testament: Epistles (2)
The Church in History: Early Church through Reformation (3);
The Church in History: Reformation through Present (3)
Systematic Theology 1 (3)
Systematic Theology 2 (3)
Arts Ministry Coursework (14 credits)
Follows requirements for Certificate in Theology and the Arts
Elective (2 credits) Tailored to research interests, with advisor approval
Current Wesley students in any MDiv, MA, or MTS program must apply to the Certificate in Theology and the Arts before they have completed 30 hours.
If you have already completed a graduate degree from an ATS-accredited theological school, or are currently enrolled in an approved graduate theological degree program at a member institution of the Washington Theological Consortium, you may apply for the Certificate in Theology and the Arts and enroll in the appropriate courses as a non-degree student. No more than 2 RA credits may be transferred from another institution, but full credit will be given for any previous RA courses taken at WTS.
If you have already have completed a graduate theological degree, the CTA will be awarded successful completion of the required 14 credits. If your degree is from Wesley, the Certificate will also be recorded on your transcript.
If you are a current Consortium student, registration and payment of tuition for courses toward the Certificate must be done directly through Wesley. Upon completion of CTA requirements, the official, signed certificates will be held by the WTS Registrar pending proof that you have completed a graduate degree at your home institution.
Contact the Wesley admissions office at (202) 885-8659 or visit us at www.wesleyseminary.edu 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.
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.
Theology and the Arts Application
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