Students will explore the symbolic world of European and Australian art (including work by Aboriginal artists) to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the representation of selected key aspects of Christian belief. Drawing specifically on the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria in dialogue with other images, we will consider how various artistic approaches illuminate changing perspectives on diverse themes in order to resource theological conversation.

Unit code: AR9110P (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Religious Studies

Delivery mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify significant dates, movements and symbols in religious art in the Christian tradition, including the impact of European and Aboriginal traditions of art in Australian Christianity


Apply key principles of artistic and theological interpretation to a range of art works


Evaluate the interplay of context and tradition (both artistic and theological) in the work of a visual artist


Communicate an understanding of the treatment of a central Biblical and/or theological theme in the work of a visual artist


Critically evaluate the significance of artistic expression of religious belief for the contemporary churches in Australia


Intensive: Lecture, tutorial, site visits to the National Gallery of Victoria, provision of online resources to galleries elsewhere


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Source Analysis (1500 words)

0 30.0

Research Essay (3000 words)

0 40.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation (1500 words)

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-06 11:44:02 +1100