This unit will explore how art has been and remains an integral part of the evangelising and catechising mission of the Church. Through art, the unit will explore essential themes of Catholic theology and scripture, such as: the Trinity, Jesus Christ, Mary, the saints, heaven and hell, the Church, the sacraments, sin and evil, suffering and death, virtues and vices, mission and service.

Participants will explore skills and techniques of ‘visual literacy’ through the examination of the elements of art: colour, line, medium, mood, gesture, framing, lighting and symbols. Students will then be invited to unpack the theological and spiritual elements portrayed through art and compare them with the current teachings of the Catholic Church. In each session, students will explore the pedagogical and catechetical application of the arts for their ministry and mission.

Unit Code: DR3303C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Religious Education

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Explain the principles and the basis of ‘visual literacy’ in an educational and ministerial setting


Analyse the elements of ‘visual literacy’: colour, line, medium, mood, gesture, framing, lighting and symbols


Classify the style of the artworks in their historical context and background


Articulate the theological and spiritual elements of the artwork within its own historical context


Compare and critique the theology and spirituality of particular artworks in the context of past and present Catholic theology


Evaluate the use of art as a pedagogical and catechetical tool within the students’ ministry of evangelisation and catechesis.


Substantiate the pedagogical and catechetical application of the arts in a theological framework

Unit sequence

BS1001C and CT1000C or equivalent


Tutorials, discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1000-word essay comparing two artworks on the same theme by two different artists

1000 20.0
Oral Presentation

15-minute presentation on one of the themes of the course

0 20.0

3500-word essay on a theme relevant to their ministry

3500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-25 15:26:31 +1000