Arts courses at Wesley provide students with an opportunity to reflect, write, and speak about the relationship between art and faith; to understand more deeply the basic ideas and processes of a range of artistic disciplines; to develop practical tools for fostering the use of the arts in worship, education, prayer, and other areas of religious life; and to allow them to do focused, practical, and theological work in a specific artistic form.
Certificate in Theology
and the Arts
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 religious 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.
The Art and Theology
Doctor of Ministry
This track gives students the resources and experiences that will allow them to appreciate the possibilities and limitations of a variety of art forms through participation in experiential exercises and projects; demonstrate a familiarity with the history of the reception of the arts in society and in the church; understand and communicate the potential connections between various art forms and both spiritual life and corporate worship; and articulate how participating in the arts as both practitioner and audience contributes to theological understanding, scriptural interpretation, and the life of the church.
The Center for the Arts and Religion sponsors workshops that are open to the Wesley community and the general public. These workshops address specific artistic issues or techniques, such as calligraphy, podcasting, and icon-writing that are not offered in our regular curriculum, and may take the form of a one-day master class or an intensive, week-long experience.
At this time, we do not have any workshops planned for 2019.
General Class Information
Spring 2020 Course Schedule Coming Soon