Our Christianity & the Arts MA is uniquely taught in association with the National Gallery in London.
The course investigates how Christian scripture, beliefs and practices have found expression in art for over 2,000 years. It traces the idea of beauty in Western theological tradition, using examples in London, taking advantage of King's fantastic location.
Students on the course go on to careers in teaching, journalism or the church or further research.
- Enables students to work across disciplinary and specialism boundaries, in particular to explore simultaneously the art-historical and theological dimensions of Christian art (approaches which are generally pursued in isolation from one another).
- Uses rich cultural resources specifically the artistic, human and web-based resources of the National Gallery in London.
- Provides opportunities for students to learn 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.
- Enhances the experience of international students at King's by giving them a stimulating and privileged understanding of one of London's (and the world's) greatest treasuries of art.
Who should take this course
A Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours is usually required but not necessarily in a humanities subject. We know that relevant background can be acquired by informal routes and we are delighted to consider all applications.
In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.
Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
You are required to take:
- The Idea of Beauty in Western Theology (40 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
In addition, you are requited to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:
- The Devotional Use of Art in Christianity (20 credits)
- Art as a Theological Medium (20 credits)
- The Christian Text (20 credits)
- Religion & Spirituality in Modern Art (20 credits)
- Modern Jewish Visual Culture (20 credits)
- Passion: History, Text & Representation (20 credits)
- Up to 40 credits of other master's level modules offered outside of the Department, subject to the course convenors approval
If you're a part-time student, you will take The Idea of Beauty in Western Theology in your first year, and your dissertation in your second. You will split your optional modules between these two years. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.
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About Course Provider
King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.
King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.
Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.
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