Students who have successfully completed DL1410A "Coptic Art & Iconography I", will further develop their technique and design skills in this more advanced unit. There will also be a deeper focus on the theological and symbolic meaning behind icons and the significant function they have liturgically.

Unit code: DL2410A

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the role of an icon as a liturgical object.


Define the theological and symbolic significance of icons.


Apply advanced technical skills in writing an icon.

Unit sequence

DL1410 Coptic Art & Iconography I


Combination of pre-recorded lectures, guided reading, and practical face to face classes.

Indicative Bibliography

Atalla S, Nabil. Coptic Icons I. Cairo: Lehnert and Landrock, 1998.

Atalla S, Nabil. Coptic Icons II. Cairo: Lehnert and Landrock, 1998.

Badawy, Alexander. Coptic art and archaeology: The art of the Christian Egyptians from the Late Antique to the Middle Ages. London: MIT Press, 1978.

Gabra, Gawdat, and Marianne Eaton-Krauss, eds. The Treasures of Coptic Art: In the Coptic Museum and Churches of Old Cairo. Cairo: AUC Press, 2006.

Moussa, A., B. Christaras, J. Stratis, and M. Ali. "Deterioration factors of Coptic wall paintings in Al Qurna and Wadi El Natrun—Egypt." In Proceedings of the 7th European Commission supported conference ‘Safeguarded Cultural Heritage: Understanding and Viability for the Enlarged Europe’, Prague, 31 May–2 June 2006.

Moussa, Helene. "Icon of St. Mena, St. Mark’s Coptic Museum: Akhmim Style?." Journal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies 3 (2012): 103-122.

Ouspensky, Leonid. Theology of the Icon. Translated by Anthony Gythiel. New York: SVS Press, 1992.

Ouspensky, Leonid, Vladimir Nikolaevič Losskij, and Vladimir Lossky. The Meaning of Icons. New York: SVS Press, 1982.

Gabra, Gawdat. Coptic Monasteries: Egypt’s Monastic Art and Architecture. Cairo: AUC Press, 2002.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Visual Art Work

Visual art work (icon) and write-up. Equiv. 2000 words.

Project Report or Project Journal

Equiv. 500 words

Visual Art Work

Visual art work (icon) and write-up. Equiv. 2000 words.


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 14 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-14 15:22:43 +1100