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: DL9410A

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate the role of an icon as a liturgical object.


Appraise the theological and symbolic significance of icons.


Demonstrate advanced technical skills in writing an icon.


Create key theological expressions and symbolism in the writing of an icon.


Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific icon in a rigorous, sustained, and self-directed manner.

Unit sequence

DL8410A 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. 3500 words.

3500 45.0
Project Report or Project Journal

Equiv. 1000 words.

1000 10.0
Visual Art Work

Visual art work (icon) and write-up. Equiv. 3500 words.

3500 45.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-14 15:23:12 +1100