The Basics: Graduate Study Programs in Theology and the Arts

by Anna Blanch on November 16, 2010

The Basics consists of general and introductory advice for research tasks and professional development, like using research libraries, reading and note-taking, submitting and presenting conference papers and journal articles. The Basics also explore the basics of working in the interdisciplinary field of Literature and Theology. It simultaneously provides sources from Literature and Religion, the Bible and Literature, and resources for exploring issues and themes of faith in literature, pop culture, and the arts.This post seeks to be an exhaustive list of the Graduate Study Programs in Theology and the Arts from around the world.

Andover Newton Theological School 
Master of Arts in Theology and the Arts

Baylor University 
PhD in English Literature with a concentration in Religion.

Brehm Center at Fuller Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Theology in Theology and the Arts
Master of Arts in Worship, Theology, and the Arts
PhD in Theology and Culture

These degrees can be pursued under the auspices of the following institutes that make the Brehm Center their home:
Reel Spirituality: Institute of Moving Images
Visual Faith: Institute of Art and Architecture
The Church and Contemporary Culture
Fred Bock Institute of Music

Dallas Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Media and Communication
Master of Theology with ministry track in Media and Communication

Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology 
Master of Arts in Art and Religion

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts – Duke Divinity School
Master of Divinity in Theology and the Arts
ThD Concentration in the Arts

Graduate Theological Union 
Master of Arts in Art and Religion @ GTU: Art and Religion
PhD in Art and Religion

Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts – University of St Andrews
MLitt in Theology, Imagination and the Arts
PhD in Divinity in Theology, Imagination and the Arts (Theology and Literature, Theology and the Visual Arts, Theology and Theatre, Theology and Film, Theological Aesthetics, Beauty, Imagination)

King’s College, London
Master of Arts in Christianity and the Arts
A collaborative MA: King’s College London and the National Gallery. This MA focuses mainly on Visual Arts. Dr Ben Quash is one of the scholars involved in administering this program

Oxford University
Master of Philosophy in Theology (MPhil) in Theology and Literature (with Prof. Paul Fiddes)

Regent College, Vancouver
MA in Applied Theology and the Arts
Master of Christian Studies (with an option for an arts thesis)

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Theology and the Arts
PhD in Christianity and the Arts

Union Theological Seminary 
Master of Arts in Theology and the Arts

United Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Theology and the Arts

University of Glasgow: Centre for the Study of Literature, Theology, and the Arts 
PhD in Literature, Theology, and the Arts.
The Centre also offers taught postgraduate degrees, the MTh and the MLitt. 
The Centre has links with the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture and the Oxford University Press journal, Literature and Theology.  

University of Sydney: Religion, Literature and the Arts
Under the auspices of the Religion Department.

Yale program in Religion and the Arts
Yale Divinity School – Master of Arts in Theology and the Arts

If you’re a graduate of one of these programs and you’d like to share your experience (anonymously if necessary) for me to share in a follow-up review post email me at goannatree_at_gmail.com. If you know of additional programs I appreciate if you would let me know via email or in the comments.

Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She is also a regular contributor to Transpositions.

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  • Steve

    I had an excellent graduate education at Baylor, and while I did not take the specialization in Religion and Literature, I worked closely with students who did. As with any institution, the quality of the seminars and professors varied considerably, but I was able to study with some very knowledgeable and rigorous professors. There was no vicious competition between graduate students, as there is rumored to be at other programs. Rather, the atmosphere was very supportive of my research, and ideas were discussed and exchanged freely among graduate students. The program was, of course, stronger in certain areas than others, but on the whole I found that there was a critical mass of professors who cared about the relationships between Christianity and literature.

    By the way, I would also suggest adding the graduate program at the University of Dallas, which is based on a great-books curriculum, paying particular attention to the Catholic intellectual tradition.

    • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

      good point about UD, steve.

  • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

    Sure David, more than happy to have you link for other people to benefit! I am always interested in feedback and suggestions. Did you notice that i'd missed any?

  • http://artspastor.blogspot.com David Taylor

    Anna, you have done the work that I considered (somewhat wearily) doing myself. Many thanks for this. Do you mind if I link this to my blog site?
    My recent post A Landscape of Church &amp Art Questions- Part 1- the prologue

  • Jenn

    Vanderbilt University has a program in Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture. Margaret Jensen heads it up.

    • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

      is it a graduate program?

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