Worship and Contemporary Visual Arts TRS1029E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course offers an exploration of the integration of contemporary visual arts in Christian liturgy and the worship environment. The course is open to learners of any background, with no prerequisite knowledge of art or liturgy, and is ideal for those who are seeking to develop the visual arts in their church or faith organisation. The course will engage theologically and artistically, and by the end of the course students will be equipped with practical and theoretical skills for developing creative visual arts practice in their own area.


6 x 2hr lectures; 2 x 3hr practical classes over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Reflective assignment (800 words) - 40%

Portfolio assignment (visual images with commentary of up to 1,200 words) - 60%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce participants to the use of contemporary visual arts in theological and liturgical contexts;

■ Provide students with the skills to engage and analyze visual arts in a variety of worship settings.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Evaluate the relationship between contemporary visual arts and theology.

■ Explain how and why visual arts can be engaged in a variety of worship contexts and Church environments. 

■ Apply practical skills and ideas for developing creative possibilities in liturgy and worship.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.