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INDS 785

Seminar: Vocation of the Artist

Though the special calling of the artist by God goes back at least to Bezalel (Exodus 31), and though there is a long, rich tradition of artists working in the context of the Christian church, Christian artists today often have to struggle with a sense that other Christians do not recognize the worthiness of their vocation as artist. Yet in a world which values the works of the imagination more than ever before, it is especially crucial that artists who have experienced the Christian Gospel be encouraged to express the full range of human experience in the light of that Gospel, and to do so in all the artistic media. 

This course is for those who are seriously considering the vocation of the artist. We will explore the idea of a Christian calling to the arts, as it has been expressed and explored by various theologians and artists, looking at some of the reasons that Christians have often found their artistic vocation discouraged by the church. We will consider also some of the unique challenges and possibilities of the current “postmodern” moment, with its apparent openness to—and hunger for—“the spiritual” in art. 

More than merely a reflection on what it means to be an artist in the world, this seminar is intended to help the student to gain further clarity in discerning a vocation to the arts; and do work which will move him or her forward toward a successful IPIAT proposal, and ultimately, to serve God with heart, mind and creative gifts in an integrated life.

This course has a maximum enrollment of 10 students.

To get into a priority enrollment course, you must register by the early registration deadline (see Important Dates) and must submit a Priority Enrollment Course Request (available through the "Additional Registration Requests" section of the Registration menu in REGIS or download it directly here) after completing your registration. Class lists will be determined within a week after the early registration deadline, and you will be notified by email shortly thereafter. First priority will be given to students who need a course for the program to which they have been admitted, and who have registered by the early registration deadline.

Credit Hours:
3
Prerequisites:
INDS 560; requires instructor approval and portfolio submission