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MA in Christianity and the Arts

A collaborative MA: King's College London and the National Gallery

The National Gallery is proud to announce the creation of a new collaborative MA in Christianity and the Arts, taught in association with the Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London – one of the most distinguished departments of theology and religious studies in the country.

This exceptional programme will enable students to work across disciplinary and specialist boundaries, exploring art-historical and theological dimensions of Christian art in tandem. The wealth of religious pictures at the National Gallery makes it an ideal forum for exploring various issues surrounding the visual arts and spirituality. Much of the teaching will therefore take place in the Gallery, in front of original works of art, and will be taught by curatorial staff.

About the programme 

Co-ordinator of the programme, Professor Ben Quash – King’s College London’s first Professor of Christianity and the Arts – describes the unique opportunity it provides:

"There are rich Catholic and Orthodox traditions of visual imagery that are alive and well today, and it is a much remarked-on phenomenon that the traditional Protestant churches have in recent years abandoned their traditional distrust of images and begun to embrace the possibilities of visual culture.

"Many departments of theology and religious studies seek to study these ancient traditions and new developments. What few of them have, however, is the phenomenal resource of London’s artistic heritage on their doorstep."

The National Gallery is one of the greatest art collections in the world, spanning five centuries of Western European painting, including many masterpieces. A large proportion of its paintings treat specifically Christian themes and subject matter. This MA is designed to encourage theological reflection on these great works of visual culture.

Further information about the MA and of how to apply can be found on the King's College London website:

Prospectus: Christianity and the Arts MA – Part Time, Full Time [External link]

Press release: New MA in Christianity and the Arts [External link] 

About King's College London

Kings College London

King's College London is The Sunday Times University of the Year 2010/11, one of the top 25 universities in the world (2010 QS international world rankings) and the fourth oldest in England.

A research-led university based in the heart of London, King's has nearly 23,000 students (of whom more than 8,600 are graduate students) from nearly 140 countries, and some 5,500 employees. King's is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.

King's has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities. Over half of the College's academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK in their field and can thus be classed as world leading. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £450 million.

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Image above: Detail from Vincenzo Catena, Saint Jerome in his Study, probably about 1510