The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, part of the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley University in California, is offering a new Certificate in Theological Studies for working artists which features David Clayton’s The Way of Beauty as a core textbook. This Masters-level certificate is designed to help artists “augment their expertise with a specialized focus in the relationship of the fine arts to Catholic worship and culture.”
Students will be taught how, through philosophy and theology, to evangelize the culture using their unique creativity without compromising core principals of traditional Christian culture. The courses will focus on the relationship of sacred art to sacred liturgy, the philosophical and theological foundations for the anthropological and transcendent aspects of art, and will provide the basic principals for using the fine arts as a vehicle for preaching the gospel to the contemporary culture.
The four courses needed to complete the Certificate in Theological Studies program with a specialization in Sacred Arts are:
1. Foundational Principles of Catholic Liturgy and Worship
2. Liturgical Piety: Anthropological Foundations of Catholic Worship
3. One Elective offering from any advisor-approved Religion and the Arts course. (These are the courses particularly that will have practical elements, such as painting.)
4. Christian Iconography