The Certificate in Theology and the Arts (CTA) offers M.Div., M.T.S., and Th.M. students firm grounding in the key theological loci and practices relevant to a lifetime’s engagement with the arts in the church, the university, and beyond.

To complete this certificate, students must complete the core course and two other courses from an approved list (normally one of these will be a course offered outside the Divinity School). In addition, all students must complete a research or service learning project. Finally, participants are required to participate in events sponsored by Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, as well as bimonthly CTA colloquies.

Program Details

The primary objectives of the certificate program are:

  • to help students recognize and put into practice the constructive possibilities of the mutual enrichment of theology and arts
  • to provide students with a firm grounding in the key theological loci and practices relevant to a lifetime’s engagement with the arts in the church, the university, and beyond
  • to offer students an appreciation of the current shape of the arts-theology conversation
  • to foster and support research and community-service projects which responsibly integrate the arts and theology
  • to increase the opportunities for field-education placements in the arts with community and church organizations
  • to encourage and facilitate a community of students with a particular interest in engaging the arts as they discern their particular vocations
  • to encourage interdisciplinary education and cross-departmental collaboration within Duke Divinity School and the university
Requirements
  • Completion of three courses in theology and the arts:
    • Required core course: XTIANTHE773 – Introduction to Theology and the Arts
    • Two approved courses in theology and the arts (normally, one of these will be a course offered outside of the Divinity School)
  • Completion of a research or service-learning project in theology and the arts. The project may be conducted in one of the following ways:
    • within a course (but not within any of the three courses that fulfill the previous requirement)
    • within a directed study
    • as an internship with a director of music or arts pastor at a church
    • as an independent community-building project
    • within the context of a field education placement
  • Regular participation in bimonthly CTA colloquies and DITA-sponsored events

Forms and information for current students »

For more information about the certificate contact:
Daniel Train
Assistant Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts