Art, Religion & Theology

Program Components & Timeline

The MWS-ART may be taken either full-time or part-time. The duration of the program for full-time students is one year, September to September, either beginning or ending with a summer session in Orvieto, Italy.

Junior Members will complete a total of eight units in this program. Up to three units may be electives taken in the Toronto School of Theology (TST). These units will each contribute to fulfilling one of three main components to the MWS-ART: Foundations Courses, Electives, and an Action Project.

Foundations Courses
(3 total

Core courses available through ICS:

  • Biblical Foundations: Narrative, Wisdom, and the Art of Interpretation (1 unit)

  • Art, Religion, and Theology (in Orvieto, Italy) (1 unit)

  • Religion, Life, and Society: Reformational Philosophy (1 unit) OR World-Viewing (1 unit)

(3-5 total units)

A combination of courses available through both ICS and TST:

Recommended Elective:

  • Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts (TST course) (1 unit)

Two Arts-Related Electives:

Action Project
(2 total units)

Junior Members can fulfill this requirement in one of two ways:

  1. ACTION PROJECT (2 total units)
    Artist Workshop in Orvieto, Italy OR Approved Arts Internship (choose 1 at 1 unit each) AND Final Summative Paper (1 unit)

  2. MAJOR RESEARCH PAPER (2 total units)
    A Junior Member may substitute an integrative Major Research Paper for the Action Project with the approval of the MWS-ART director.

The foundations courses offer coherence and breadth and help build community among ICS Junior Members.

The recommended elective course helps Junior Members engage with the community of TST graduate students.

The two additional electives allow Junior Members to give special shape to their program.

The Action Project serves to unify the program. At the start of their studies, and in consultation with the MWS-ART director, Junior Members identify an action-oriented project which they pursue throughout the duration of their program and which helps give focus and direction to their studies.

Sample Course Schedule