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Christianity & the Arts MA

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

The course investigates how Christian scripture, beliefs and practices have found expression in art over 2,000 years; traces the idea of beauty in Western theological tradition; makes use of examples in London.

Leads to further research or careers in teaching, journalism or the church.


Key benefits

  • 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.

  • Will use rich cultural resources beyond the university – and specifically the artistic, human and web-based resources of the National Gallery.

  • Will provide opportunities for students to learn outside the university, 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.

  • Will enhance the experience of international students at the university by giving them a stimulating and privileged understanding of one of London’s (and the world’s) greatest treasuries of art.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders Professor Ben Quash, Professor of Christianity and the Arts, ben.quash@kcl.ac.uk 

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/contact-us.aspx

 

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of Theology and Religious Studies

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Course detail

Description

Our MA in Christianity and the Arts will investigate how Christian scripture, beliefs and practices have found expression in the arts over 2000 years. The course features a required module on the Idea of Beauty in Western Theology and a wide range of optional modules looking at different forms of artistic expression, different artistic periods and focusing on specific elements of the Christian narrative. You will also have the opportunity to explore a topic in detail through your dissertation.

Wherever possible the course draws on examples and case studies here in London, particularly the collections at The National Gallery, The Courtauld Institute and The Victoria and Albert Museum. We will help you to work across disciplinary and specialism boundaries, and in particular to explore both the art-historical and theological dimensions of Christian art – approaches which are generally pursued in isolation from one another.

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

Teaching

If you’re a full-time student, each week we’ll provide six to eight hours of teaching through lectures and seminars. We’ll expect you to undertake 34 of independent study.

If you’re a part-time student, each week we’ll provide two to four hours of teaching through lectures and seminars. We’ll expect you to undertake 17 hours of independent study.

Assessment

We assess the majority of our modules through coursework and/or examination, although other departments may differ. Your dissertation will be a 15,000-word thesis.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

•           The Idea of Beauty in Western Theology (40 credits)

•           Dissertation (60 credits)

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.

Optional Modules

Choose 80 credits from a range of optional modules that typically includes:

  • 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 and Representation (20 credits)
  • Up to 40 credits of other master’s level modules offered outside of the Department, subject to the programme convenors approval.

We regularly review the list of modules we offer to make sure our programmes are as relevant and innovative as possible. Therefore some modules may change, and we recommend that you check here for the most up-to-date information:

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/index.aspx

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) 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.

Applicants without experience in the field could also consider our Graduate Diploma, which is especially designed to ease the transition to Theology & Religious Studies from another subject.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies. Your application will be assessed by at least two academic members of staff. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement with your application, which clearly explains why you wish to take our programme, and outlines your relevant background experience.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

Our graduates use the skills and knowledge that they develop with us to pursue careers in teaching, journalism, media, museum work and the church or other religious institutions. Others have continued their studies with further research.

 

 

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